Certificate IV in Science

Pathway to Science and Health


Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Science is a bridging course for mature age students and school leavers like you who wish to pursue further study in a science related field at university level. Our Certificate IV in Science graduates have gone on to great success in a wide range of university science courses.

Begin your exciting science career with us

Melbourne Polytechnic’s bridging program is designed to help develop your skills and knowledge so you can enrol in further study to pursue a career in allied health, health sciences and engineering at a higher education/university level. This course is also suitable if you are were born overseas and studied science in your own language but require additional English before you go onto further study.

You will gain a good grounding in chemistry, biology, physics and maths and develop the writing skills necessary to support your science studies.

Employment outcomes

With further study, your possible career pathways include:

  • health – e.g. dietetics, nursing, medical imaging
  • physical and chemical science – e.g. astronomy, pharmaceuticals, forensic science
  • life and environmental science – e.g. marine biology, agriculture, veterinary science
  • engineering

Industry connections

You’ll get the latest from the best, including:

  • guest speakers from higher education/tertiary institutions including La Trobe University Faculties of Health Science and Science
  • excursions determined by student interest and relevance to classroom topics/course content

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Full-time: 12 months
Course note: 990 hours. February intake.

Class Schedule: *

Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery




Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment is continuous throughout the year and based on tests, assignments and practical work


You are required to bring your own stationery, text books, workbooks, and scientific calculator.
We will provide you with worksheets, and a range of facilities and services including well equipped chemistry, biology, physics and computer laboratories.

Entrance Requirements

All applicants must attend an information session and complete a one-hour online assessment to ensure the course is suitable for students’ needs and current skill level.

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of this course will make you eligible for a range of tertiary, science and health courses such as Science, Biotechnology and Nursing, as well as our own science-related higher education programs, including Agriculture and Land Management, Aquaculture, Winemaking and Viticulture, and Equine Studies

Career Pathways

This course is a great step towards into your dream career in science, but we suggest going on and completing further study in science before working in the field

Enrolment Intake

  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
MSL943002 Participate in laboratory or field workplace safety 40
VU22072 Apply essential further study skills for science 90
VU22073 Research scientific fields of study 40
VU22074 Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems 110
VU22075 Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts 70
VU22076 Investigate atomic structure and bonding 50
VU22077 Investigate stoichiometry and solution chemistry 45
VU22078 Investigate organic chemistry and properties of materials 20
VU22079 Investigate chemical reactions 45
VU22080 Investigate waves and optics 40
VU22081 Apply principles of kinematics 40
VU22083 Apply dynamics and conservation principles 50
VU22085 Investigate cell biology 40
VU22086 Investigate anatomy and physiology 40
VU22087 Investigate introductory genetics 40

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.