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Grow your career in one of Australia's fastest expanding industries. With a healthy ageing and welfare focus, CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) gives you the skills and knowledge to deliver exceptional healthcare outcomes and foster the wellbeing of older people.

CSU's gerontology and healthy ageing course is available to study online or on campus so you can fit your studies around your lifestyle. This course may suit you if you're seeking a career change or you are already working in aged care and wish to expand your horizons and upgrade your qualifications from a TAFE diploma to a degree.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) equips you with the skills and knowledge to work directly with the elderly and in related fields such as policy development. You'll learn to advance social justice and human rights and foster thriving communities through education, research, ethical practice and partnerships.

    Quality learning program

    This course examines the challenges and issues of ageing in the context of a social model of health, human rights and individual and community development. You'll have opportunities to develop and extend your thinking in areas related to life stage, direct care, health promotion, service management, advocacy, mental health and dementia care, social research and policy making.

    Industry relevance

    CSU's course has been developed to ensure you gain the latest knowledge and skills on which to build your career. Assessment items provide opportunities to explore and build on your professional practice.

    Flexible study options

    If it's flexibility you're looking for, CSU has study options to suit you. Choose from full-time, part-time, on campus and online offerings to complement your work and life commitments. If you combine part-time work and study, you'll have opportunities to apply your knowledge immediately.

    Support at every step

    CSU is a well-established provider of gerontology education, with highly experienced academic staff in the fields of clinical practice and health promotion. Whether you're attending a campus or studying online,  personal contact and support for your learning needs are guaranteed.

  • Career opportunities

    If you want to pursue a rewarding career where you can give back to your community and assist in improving quality of life for others, then a career in gerontology could be for you.

    Diverse areas 

    Work in aged care policy development, professional practice in health and human services with older people, leadership positions in aged care services, health promotion and community development, or social research.

    High demand

    This qualification positions you at the heart of a rapidly growing industry. The government's Future Focus report predicts the top growth industry by 2025 will be health care and social assistance, projected to increase to 798,999 jobs Australia-wide.

    Stay and grow with us

    If you want to further your professional expertise, consider CSU's Master of Gerontology.

    • Credit and pathways

      Students who have successfully completed one of the following two-year Diploma courses (or similar) will be eligible for  96 points or 1.5 years full-time equivalent credit (Recognition of Prior Learning) towards the Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing):

      • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
      • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
      • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
      • Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
      • Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
      • Diploma of Community Services Work
      • Diploma of Community Development
      • Diploma of Counselling
      • Diploma of Disability
      • Diploma of Leisure and Health 
      • Diploma of Nursing

      Note: Some Diploma courses are not 2 years full-time equivalent – please check with the Course Director as to acceptability.

    • Subjects

      The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

      Course structure

      The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) course consists of subjects in the following areas comprising:

      HCS102 Communication and Human Services
      HCS103 Fields of Practice
      PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology or PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
      HCS204 Research Methods
      SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
      SOC308 Community Analysis
      PHL101 Applied Ethics
      IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
      WEL418 Case Management
      SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
      2 Electives

      Electives

      WEL229 Drugs,  Alcohol and Gambling 2
      WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
      WEL409 Grief and Loss
      HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
      OR
      elective as agreed by the Course Director

      The Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) course consists of subjects in the following areas comprising:

      HCS102 Communication and Human Services
      PHL101 Applied Ethics
      SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
      IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
      SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy

      Plus the following specialisaton subjects:

      GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research
      GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
      WEL206 Facilitating Positive behaviours
      WEL409 Grief and Loss
      LES302 Leisure and Social Relations or elective as agreed by Course Director
      PSY216 Psychology of Ageing  (Common to existing Social Welfare Strand as a restricted elective choice)
      WEL418 Case Management (Common to existing Social Welfare Strand)

      Electives

      WEL229 Drugs,  Alcohol and Gambling 2
      WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
      WEL 228 Disability Issues for Families
      LES 102  Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
      LES 110 Foundations of leisure activity
      LES 202 Community Leisure and Health Issues
      HCS 321 Child Welfare Practice
      HCS 310 Mental Health Practice

      OR
      elective as agreed by the Course Director

      Enrolment pattern

      Social Welfare

      Part time Distance Education

      Year 1

      Session 1 (30)

      HCS102 Communication and Human Services
      PHL 101 Applied Ethics

      Session 2 (60)

      HCS103 Fields of Practices
      SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

      Year 2

      Session 1 (30)

      HCS204 Research Methods
      IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

      Session 2 (60)

      SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
      PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216  Psychology of Aging

      Year 3

      Session 1 (30)

      SOC308 Community Analysis
      WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
      or
      WEL409 Grief and Loss
      OR
      elective as agreed by the Course Director

      Session 2 (60)

      WEL418 Case Management
      WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
      or
      WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
      or
      HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
      or
      elective as agreed by the Course Director

      Fulltime Enrolment Pattern

      Session 1 (30)

      HCS102 Communication & Human Services
      PHL101 Applied Ethics
      SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
      HCS204 Research Methods

      Session 2 (60)

      HCS103 Fields of Practices
      SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
      WEL418 Case Management
      PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology or PSY216  Psychology of Aging

      Year 2

      Session 1 (30)

      SOC308 Community Analysis
      IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
      WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
      or
      WEL409 Grief and Loss
      or
      GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
      or
      elective as agreed by the Course Director

      Gerontology and Healthy Ageing

      Part time Distance Education

      Year 1

      Session 1 (30)

      HCS102 Communication and Human Services
      PHL101 Applied Ethics

      Session 2 (60)

      GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research
      SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

      Year 2

      Session 1 (30)

      WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours
      IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

      Session 2 (60)

      SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
      PSY216  Psychology of Aging

      Year 3

      Session 1 (30)

      GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
      WEL409 Grief and Loss

      Session 2 (60)

      WEL418 Case Management
      LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
      or
      elective as agreed by the Course Director

      Fulltime Enrolment Pattern

      Session 1 (30)

      HCS102 Communication & Human Services
      PHL101 Applied Ethics
      IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
      WEL206 Facilitating Positive Behaviours

      Session 2 (60)

      GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research
      SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
      SOC101 Introductory Sociology
      PSY216  Psychology of Aging

      Year 2

      Session 1 (30)

      GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
      WEL409 Grief and Loss
      WEL418 Case Management
      LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
      or
      elective as agreed by the Course Director

    • Admission information
      1. Students who have completed a relevant TAFE/RTO Diploma (either specialisation)
      2. Students transferring from the CSU Bachelor of Social Work  (Social Welfare specialisation only)

      See standard CSU admission criteria

    • Cost of study

      Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

      Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    • Course details

      Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

      Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
      DirectOn CampusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKAGE
      DirectDistance EducationPort MacquarieCGSYYNEAGE

      LEGEND
      CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
      FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
      FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
      Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
      NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
      TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

      Graduation requirements

      To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

    • How to apply
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      An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

      Apply online

      This course is not available to international students.

      Thinking of deferring?

      Find out more about deferral

    • About the School

      School of Humanities and Social Sciences

      CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

    • Academic expectations

      For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

      Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

      Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

      Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

      Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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