Diploma in Modern Languages

Why study the Diploma in Modern Languages at UNE?

This course enables students to communicate and to become proficient in one language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese or Spanish) and culture. This gives graduates a competitive advantage in a variety of workplaces, whether in Australia or overseas. It is available as a stand-alone award or for students who are concurrently enrolled in a Bachelor course through UNE.

There is also a pathway for existing teachers with some prior knowledge of the language to use the Diploma to add a language as an additional teaching area. Qualified teachers wanting to add a language as an additional teaching area who need to commence at beginner level should enrol in the Bachelor of Education (In-Service Conversion).

Students enrolling in the course in trimester 2 will be unable to commence study in the language at beginner level.

Career Opportunities

Examples include careers in advertising and marketing, alternative energies and resource sector, architecture and the built environment, arts, creative industries (eg multimedia, music, film, performing arts, journalism), education, engineering, international relations, public relations, diplomacy, international law, tourism, as well as a range of public sector opportunities (eg foreign affairs, policy, intelligence, security), international business and management (especially in international agencies and companies), law, science, social sciences, translation and editing services. Existing teachers can open new opportunities by adding an additional teaching area in a language.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 4 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
International

2020 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus

Official Abbreviation DipModLang
Course Type Undergraduate
Commencing
Location Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Course Duration
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / International
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Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 four year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised Australian University or tertiary institution (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)); or

(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree and an AQF Level 8 or Level 9 one or two year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised Australian University (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)); and

(d) candidates admitted under rule (b) or (c) must demonstrate the required language proficiency to commence language study at 200-level or above, through the satisfactory completion of a placement assessment as approved by the relevant discipline convenor.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted up to 24 credit points Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) or Rule (c) will be granted 6 credit points Block Advanced Standing. Up to a further 18 credit points Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Academic Colours

White (BCC 1)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Diploma in Modern Languages in 2020.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures); or
(b) hold an AQF Level 7 four year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised Australian University or tertiary institution (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)); or
(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree and an AQF Level 8 or Level 9 one or two year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised Australian University (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)); and
(d) (for candidates admitted under Rule (b) or Rule (c)) demonstrate the required language proficiency to commence language study at 200-level or above, through the satisfactory completion of a placement assessment as approved by the relevant discipline convenor.

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted 24 credit points Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) or Rule (c) will be granted 6 credit points Block Advanced Standing. Up to a further 18 credit points Specified or Unspecified Advanced Standing may be granted based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based.

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award candidates admitted under Rule (a) must pass units to the value of 48 credit points in one language as identified in the program of study for each language.

To qualify for the award candidates admitted under Rule (b) or Rule (c) must pass units to the value of 24 credit points in one language at 200-level or above; and
(i) (for candidates wishing to qualify in a language as an additional secondary teaching area) complete EDLA385 Languages Teaching I, EDLA386 Languages Teaching II and EDLA315 Teaching in a Bilingual Context: PrEx 20 days; or
(ii) (for candidates wishing to qualify as a primary languages teacher) complete EDLA385 Languages Teaching I and EDLA330 Teaching Languages in the Primary School and EDLA315 Teaching in a Bilingual Context: PrEx 20 days.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)

Schedule A - for UNE admitted candidates

Course Structure Credit Points
Complete ONE Language Major  
Listed Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

Language Majors

A language is defined as one of the following:
Chinese
French
German
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

Schedule B - for OUA admitted candidates
Course Structure Credit Points
Complete ONE Language Major  
Listed Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

Language Majors

A language is defined as one of the following:
Chinese
French
German
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese

For candidates admitted under Rule (b) or Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Complete ONE Language Major  
Block Advanced Standing 6 cps
Core Units 6 cps
Curriculum Units 12 cps
Listed Units 24 cps
Total 48 cps

Language Majors

A language is defined as one of the following:
Chinese
French
German
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Spanish

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements including one language major shall be awarded the Diploma in Modern Languages.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

This course enables students to become proficient in one language other than English and to demonstrate a depth of knowledge in one culture (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese or Spanish). This gives graduates a competitive advantage in a variety of workplaces, whether in Australia or overseas. It is available as a stand-alone award for students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor course through UNE.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate proficiently and effectively oral/aural and writing/reading skills in a language discipline not including English;
  2. analyse, comment upon and appropriately interpret a variety of target language usages of varying degrees of complexity;
  3. research, plan, design and deliver written and oral presentations in a variety of contexts; and
  4. demonstrate some depth of knowledge of specific inter-cultural and cross-cultural issues, practices and ethical values.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will possess specific theoretical and practical knowledge and skills relevant to their target language and culture(s). This includes graduates becoming global citizens who will aspire to contribute to culturally and linguistically diverse societies in a comprehensive and meaningful way in a multicultural, multilingual and global context. This will be assessed throughout the course through a range of different activities.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate, interact and negotiate with others in their target language and do so effectively, appropriately and confidently both orally and in written forms. This will be assessed through various written, oral and online assessments.

Problem Solving

Graduates will apply logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems in their target language and create new knowledge and understanding. They will demonstrate this through the process of research and by critically and culturally appropriately discussing, evaluating and interpreting a variety of sources using either English or their target language as medium of communication.

Information Literacy

Graduates will possess a high standard of information literacy which will be demonstrated and, when appropriate, assessed, through tasks that require them to search for and critically assess and evaluate a wide variety of authentic sources composed in their target language. Graduates will also be able to use information to construct new concepts or create new understandings and use this information effectively in a range of contexts.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be expected to hold ethical values and beliefs that are consistent with their roles as interculturally competent and aware individuals. They will engage with authentic issues of social importance in an ethically valid, culturally appropriate, sensitive and equitable manner. Graduates will understand the international implications of local decisions and the local implications of international decisions. These attributes will be developed and assessed throughout the course through a range of different activities.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have a scholarly attitude to learning and will be committed to acquiring knowledge and understanding through continuous inquiry and reflection upon their own place in the cultures of their target language.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will be able to exercise responsibility and accountability for their own learning as well as work collaboratively through online and/or on-campus interactive activities and network effectively to achieve common goals and to solve authentic problems in an ethical and culturally appropriate and respectful manner.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

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