Diploma of Language

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Diploma of Language
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length

3 years part time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,256 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au 

Cloud (online) 
Tel 03 5227 1359
artsed@deakin.edu.au  

LevelUndergraduate
Deakin course code A225

Note: A major sequence in Chinese is not available via Cloud (online).

Course overview

Whether you’re brushing up or starting from scratch with a whole new language, Deakin’s Diploma of Language is designed to sharpen your language skills and deepen your cultural understanding. It’s a great complement to your studies in any discipline, plus you’ll gain a global perspective and boost your employability.

You’ll gain fluency by developing skills in grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure through participation in activities across a range of topics. You’ll also get the chance to learn about various cultural, sociolinguistic and sociocultural considerations relevant to the language that you choose to study.

The rise of a global economy means that graduates with language qualifications are highly sought-after. We offer studies in Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish - all of which play an important role in global diplomacy, defence, security, commerce and trade-related fields.

A diploma in languages will give you a competitive advantage for roles in business, diplomacy, foreign policy and international development. You’ll graduate  with competency in your language of choice and ready for a range of local and international careers.

Optional in-country study programs  mean you can also immerse yourself in international cultures, practicing the language with native speakers in its natural environment. The six-week study programs are held in Oman (Arabic), China (Chinese), and Indonesia (Indonesian), giving you the chance to develop practical language skills and to learn about the culture and way of life in your host country.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

This course will allow you to work in business or trade, health or education, IT or engineering, diplomacy or security, arts or sciences. A Diploma of Language will equip you with skills in another language and familiarity with another culture. This will not only give you an edge in terms of your personal qualities but will also expand your options for employment far beyond Australian shores to exciting and challenging positions in the Arab Gulf States, the Middle East and North Africa; China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; or Malaysia and Indonesia.

For more information go to My Course My Career

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Diploma of Language, a student must successfully complete 8 credit points from the specified list of units below.

Course structure

Course Map

Course map 

Arabic

Arabic major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

AIB151Arabic 1A

AIB152Arabic 1B

Level 2

AIB251Arabic 2A

AIB252Arabic 2B

Note: AIB251 and AIB252 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB205 Second Level Arabic In-Country.

Level 3

AIB351Arabic 3A (2 credit points)

AIB352Arabic 3B (2 credit points)

Note: AIB351 or AIB352 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB306 Third Level Arabic In-Country.

The Arabic major sequence for students who have completed Arabic at Level 12 or equivalent begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

AIB251Arabic 2A

AIB252Arabic 2B

Note: AIB251 and AIB252 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB205 Second Level Arabic In-Country.

Level 2

AIB351Arabic 3A (2 credit points)

AIB352Arabic 3B (2 credit points)

Note: AIB351 or AIB352 can be replaced by the trimester 3 unit AIB306 Third Level Arabic In-Country.

AIB205Second Year Arabic In-Country (2 credit points)

AIB306Third Year Arabic In-Country (2 credit points)

Note: AIB205 and AIB306 are offered in alternating years 2016, 2018.

Level 3

AIB309Advanced Arabic Language Skills

AIB310Introduction to Translation Skills

 

Chinese

Note: A major in Chinese is not available in Cloud (online) mode

Chinese major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

AIC181Chinese 1A

AIC182Chinese 1B

Level 2

AIC281Chinese 2A

AIC282Chinese 2B

Level 3

AIC381Chinese 3A

AIC382Chinese 3B

The Chinese major sequence for students who have completed Chinese at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

AIC281Chinese 2A

AIC282Chinese 2B

Level 2

AIC381Chinese 3A (2 credit points)

AIC382Chinese 3B (2 credit points)

Post-level 12 students who are not background speakers must complete this major sequence by undertaking 2 credit points from the following units:

AIC385Chinese for Business Purposes A

AIC386Chinese for Business Purposes B

AIC287Intensive Chinese In-Country A (2 credit points) (may replace 2 level 2 units)

AIC388Intensive Chinese In-Country B (2 credit points) (may replace 2 level 3 units)

Chinese major sequence at advanced level for background speakers only.

Level 1

AIC283Chinese 2C

AIC284Chinese 2D

Level 2

AIC383Chinese 3C (2 credit points)

AIC384Chinese 3D (2 credit points)

Level 3

Advanced speakers must complete this major sequence by undertaking 2 credit points from the following units:

AIC387Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes C

AIC389Advanced Chinese for Business Purposes D

AIC390Advanced Intensive Chinese In-Country (2 credit points)

 

Indonesian

Indonesian major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

AIF146The Language, Culture and People of Indonesia

AIF142Conversational Indonesian B

AIF145Conversational Indonesian (2 credit points)*

* AIF145 is an intensive unit of study for running in January and February and can replace units AIF146 and AIF142 in the major. It cannot be studied in conjunction with either AIF146 or AIF142.

* AIF145 not available to students who are waiting on an offer from VTAC for the current year.

Level 2

AIF241Formal and Informal Indonesian A

AIF242Formal and Informal Indonesian B

Level 3

AIF341Professional and Academic Indonesian A (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian B (2 credit points)
  

The Indonesian major sequence for students who have completed Indonesian at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

AIF241Formal and Informal Indonesian A

AIF242Formal and Informal Indonesian B

Level 2

AIF341Professional and Academic Indonesian A (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian B (2 credit points)
 

Level 3

AIF345Indonesian for Business Purposes (2 credit points) *

OR

AIF321Contemporary Issues in Indonesia **

AIF354History and Development of the Indonesian Language *

OR

AIF320Indonesian Society Through Literature **
 

Note: Any two Level 3 units can be replaced by the trimester 3 in country unit AIF315 Indonesian/Malay Language and Contemporary Society (2 credit points). 

Indonesian major sequence for students at advanced level for background speakers only.

Level 1

AIF341Professional and Academic Indonesian A (2 credit points)

AIF342Professional and Academic Indonesian B (2 credit points)

Levels 2 & 3

AIF345Indonesian for Business Purposes *

OR

AIF321Contemporary Issues in Indonesia **

AIF320Indonesian Society Through Literature **

OR

AIF354History and Development of the Indonesian Language *
 

Note: Any two Levels 2 and 3 units can be replaced by the trimester 3 in country unit AIF315 Indonesian/Malay Language and Contemporary Society (2 credit points).

* AIF345, AIF354 offered in alternate years: offered 2016, 2018 and each year in Trimester 3 Cloud (online)

** AIF320, AIF321 offered in alternate years: offered 2017, 2019

 

Spanish

Spanish major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

ALS100Spanish 1A

ALS150Spanish 1B

Level 2

ALS200Spanish 2A

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

ALS250Spanish 2B

Level 3

ALS300Intermediate Spanish 3A

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Advanced Spanish 3B

 

The Spanish major sequence for students who have completed Spanish at level 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

Level 1

ALS200Spanish 2A

ALS225Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World

ALS250Spanish 2B

Level 2

ALS300Intermediate Spanish 3A

ALS325Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World

ALS350Advanced Spanish 3B

Level 3

ALS360 Spanish: Selected Topics I*

ALS370 Spanish: Selected Topics II*

*The introduction of unit offerings will be staggered with first level units only offered in 2014; second level units from 2015 and third level units from 2016 and 2017.

 

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.