Cert IV in Science (Biology)


One of the things that we are passionate about at HSH is science! We know that the world of science can lead you in many different directions throughout your life, so we have created four variations to help you explore the area of science that you feel drawn to. 

Forensic Science

Marine and Animal Biology Science

Exercise Science

Psychology & Mental Health

These qualifications all have a foundation in anatomy & physiology, DNA, genetics, and ecology, as well as teaching you how to research and communicate at University level. You'll then be able to dive into one of the above streams to consolidate your knowledge and refine your understanding of your further educational opportunities. 

Study Options & Costs

This course is available in the following options:

Cert IV Only:

  • 1 Year: Face to face 1 day/week during school term ($2400). This option is only available to school-aged students. 


Dual Qualification (This option is only available to school-aged students):

  • If you combine one of our Cert III qualifications with the Cert IV in Science (Biology), we will provide you with a $300 discount! ($4100). 

Important Note for WA school students: The Cert IV as a standalone qualification will not contribute to your WACE. We recommend combining Cert III and Cert IV so that you will gain WACE points for your Cert III completion. Please ensure that you are able to gather the minimum amount of WACE points for your graduation before committing to this program. 

Minimum Requirements

Students can choose to do this Cert IV qualification as a standalone, however, we see the benefit in completing a Cert III prior. We have linked up the ideal qualifications to enable students to have the best chance of success:


Cert III in Animal Studies + Cert IV in Science (Biology) Animal & Marine 

Cert III in Community Services + Cert IV in Science (Biology) Psychology & Mental Health

Cert III in Fitness + Cert IV in Science (Biology) Exercise Science

Cert III in Laboratory Skills + Cert IV in Science (Biology) Forensic Science


Students will be provided content, videos, podcasts, activities, excursions, incursions as well as case studies and scenarios in our online environment, followed by time in the classroom to put their knowledge and skills into practice. We are a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom, so you must have access to your own laptop/tablet to access the course. You must bring this with you to class each week. 

If you are in school:

Students wishing to study with us MUST HAVE achieved a C grade minimum in Science, Maths and English in year 10, and also have passed their NAPLAN/OLNA requirements. To start the process, you will need to get in contact with your school's VET Coordinator to request their support for you to complete this qualification. You will need to complete the Expression of Interest Form and get their signature on it and then forward it to us for approval. We run our programs on either a Thursday or Friday during school terms. If your school does not release students on these days - please get in contact to discuss your situation and hopefully we can help find a solution!

If you are not in school: 

You must satisfy minimum competencies that can be completed in the following ways:

  • Evidence of previous education within the last 3 years.

  • Previous certificate/qualification completion.

  • Completion of a Language, Literacy & Numeracy test.

Complete the application document that can be downloaded by clicking the blue button above. Send it to and we'll get in contact about how to get you started. 


Upon completing this duel qualification, students are able to use their Certificate IV completion to gain entry into university. A completed Certificate IV + evidence of English competency will provide you with the equivalent of a 70 ATAR. This means that you would be able to use this as a stepping stone to any of the following (and more!):


  • Bachelor of Criminology

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Criminology & Justice

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Psychology & Mental Health:

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Psychology

  • Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

  • Bachelor of Psychology & Counselling

  • Bachelor of Youth Work

  • Bachelor of Counselling

  • Bachelor of Social Work

Exercise Science: 

  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise & Sports Science)

  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Food Science & Nutrition

Marine & Animal Biology: 

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BSc) in Animal Health

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BSc) in Animal Science

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biological Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular & Forensic Sciences) (BSc) in Biomedical Science

  • Bachelor of Science (Medical, Molecular & Forensic Sciences) (BSc) in Clinical Laboratory Science

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Conservation and Wildlife Biology

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Management and Sustainability

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Environmental Science

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marine Biology

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Marine Science

  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Mathematics and Statistics

  • Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management)

  • Bachelor of Science (Marine and Freshwater Biology)

  • Bachelor of Sustainability

Units Included: Cert IV in Science

22442VIC - Cert IV in Science (Biology)


MSL943002 - Participate in laboratory/field workplace safety
VU22072 - Apply essential further study skills for science
VU22073 - Research scientific fields of study
VU22074 - Use a range of techniques to solve mathematical problems
VU22075 - Apply mathematical techniques to scientific contexts

VU22085 - Investigate cell biology 
VU22086 - Investigate anatomy and physiology
VU22087 - Investigate introductory genetics
VU22088 - Investigate ecology    
MSL973004 - Perform aseptic technique

ICTICT102 - Operate word-processing applications

BSBINS401 - Analyse and present research information

Forensic Stream:

MSL975052 - Locate, record and collect forensic samples
MSL975054 - Perform physical examination of forensic samples
MSL954003 - Relate anatomical and physiological features to laboratory samples

Psychology & Mental Health Stream:

ATPPSY001 - Investigate psychology using science inquiry methodology 
ATPPSY002 - Investigate individual thinking and social psychology
CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

Exercise Science Stream:

SISSSCO007 - Apply Sport Psychology Principles
CHCLAH005 - Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming
SISXCAI010 - Develop strength and conditioning programs

Marine & Animal Biology Stream:

SFIAQU403 - Manage water quality and environmental monitoring in enclosed systems

AHCLPW405 - Monitor biodiversity

ACMATE511 - Carry out post-mortem examination of a research animal