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Study mode

Online; On campus
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Campus locations

Port Macquarie
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Duration

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 1; Session 2 201830; 201860
Session 1; Session 2 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

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.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) degree is recognised throughout Australia, and by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes.  It is envisaged that the specialisation of gerontology could also gain recognition for employment in the sector where a focus on aged care work is required.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) degree is recognised throughout Australia, and by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes.  It is envisaged that the specialisation of gerontology could also gain recognition for employment in the sector where a focus on aged care work is required.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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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.

    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

      Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

      Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

      More about Credit

      We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

      Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

      More about Credit

      If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

      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.

      Check your eligibility for credit

      Course offerings

      The Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) is only available to study on campus.

      The Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) is only available to study online.

      You can study the Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) online or on campus.

      Check your session and application dates open_in_new

      Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
      DirectOn campusPort MacquarieCGSYYNKAGE
      DirectOnlinePort 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

      Check your session and application dates open_in_new

      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
      DirectOnlinePort 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

      Subjects

      For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

      If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

      keyboard_arrow_rightFull subject list

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

      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

      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

      Graduation requirements

      As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

      To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

      Fees and costs

      If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

      If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

      Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

      • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
      • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
      • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
      • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

      Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

      If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

      Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

      Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

      If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

      Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

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

      Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

      Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

      If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

      If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees. Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

      Support

      Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

      When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

      When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

      When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

      As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

      Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates may apply for a scholarship to cover their tuition fees, living costs and research costs. Please visit the CSU Higher Degree by Research Scholarships for more information. The main round of Australian Government funded Research Training Program scholarships is open for applications in September and October each year.

      We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

      Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

      International students

      Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

      You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

      Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

      Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

      There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

      At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

      Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

      CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

      Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

      More information on tuition and other fees.

      More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

      Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

      If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

      Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

      Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

      CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

      Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

      Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

      Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

      At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

      How to apply

      Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

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      23 Feb 2018
      2018 Session 2 Applications open

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      2018 Session 1 Application closing date

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      2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

      23 Feb 2018
      2018 Session 2 Applications open

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