Diploma to Degree: University Pathways

There are university pathways that can set you up for study and career success. A Diploma to degree pathway gives you two internationally recognised qualifications, often in the same time it would take to complete the degree.  VET courses traditionally focus on providing practical and work-orientated occupational skills, whereas higher education courses focus on providing theory-based knowledge and professional career paths. During your diploma you will learn how to apply a range of complex technical skills and in-depth knowledge. Diplomas are hands-on, relevant, practical programs that are highly valued by industry. At the degree level you will develop broad coherent knowledge underpinned by theory and practical training.


University pathways provide you with the best of both worlds, practical skills from the diploma which transitions seamlessly into university theory and training.

• Two qualifications
• The diploma provides practical, career-focused skills to go with your degree
• Allows you to begin study in a small class setting with high levels of support
• Overall this can lower the total cost of obtaining a degree


University Pathways

Credit Recognition

Site Institute Diplomas can receive up to a year’s worth of credit points towards a university degree on a case by case basis. This can dramatically reduce the cost and time of your university degree in Australia while gaining two internationally recognised qualifications. Take advantage of SI’s university pathways and fast-track your study and your career.

University Pathways: Partners and Articulation

Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is Site Institute’s partner.

Site Institute has approved articulation arrangements with Southern Cross University (SCU), Griffith University and Torrens University.

Southern Cross University (SCU) awards standard credits into discipline related (cognate) courses, as prescribed by the SCU Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure. SCU generally awards:

Certificate IV – 4 units (six months) of credit
Diploma – 8 units (one year) of credit; and
Advanced Diploma – 12 units (1.5 years) of credit.

Griffith University is a university partner.

Griffith University awards SI’s students with 60 CP credit transfer after completion of our BSB50215 Diploma of Business towards a Bachelor of Business as below:

1101IBA Management Concepts;
1003MKT Introduction to Marketing;
30 CP 1st year level Free Choice Electives;
10 CP 2nd year level Free Choice Elective.

Students can complete the Bachelor of Business in 180CP/2.5 years commencing in Trimester 1, 2 or 3.



Graduates of SI’s Diploma qualifications in Business Administration, Project Management and Entrepreneurship can get up to 80 CP towards a Bachelor of Business at Torrens University.
The credit points are divided in:

BSB50215 Diploma of Business or BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration towards the Bachelor of Business = 80 CP – 70 CP to Electives and 10 CP to Core subjects;
BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management towards the Bachelor of Business = 80 CP to Electives subjects;

For further information, please contact Site Institute team at apply@sii.edu.au.