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Graduate Certificate in Human Services

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Graduate Certificate in Human Services

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Looking to increase your knowledge and build on your experience in human services but unsure of your capacity to study? CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Services is an ideal choice for those who have an undergraduate qualification or who are seeking to formalise their experience.

Delivered online, this course provides knowledge and skills for professional practice in human services. It offers a bite-size approach to postgraduate study and a pathway to CSU's master's programs.

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Human Services is designed to consolidate and further your expertise in human services through a short program of tertiary-level study.

    Foundation in human services

    You will gain an overview of the human services sector in Australia, as well as concepts and issues underpinning previous and current practice. You will learn about social inequality in contemporary society and the psychology of human development across the lifespan.

    Valuable skills 

    This course gives you the opportunity to develop or refresh your study skills in information literacy, communication, writing, reasoning and critical thinking by examining issues that are relevant to your profession or workplace.

    Flexible online study 

    CSU's course is delivered part-time, allowing you to combine study with your other commitments. If you combine part-time work and study you will have opportunities to apply your knowledge immediately.

    Support at every step

    CSU is a well-established provider of human service education and our academic staff are highly experienced in social welfare practice. From day one of your enrolment, you will benefit from personal contact and support for your learning needs.

    Study pathways

    On completion of this course, you will be eligible for admission to CSU's Master of Human Service or Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare. This course can also be taken to supplement an assessed bachelor's qualification to meet the prerequisites for admission into CSU's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Human Services is a formal qualification designed to enhance the careers of those working in human services fields. It is an ideal choice if you wish to pursue a structured program of professional development or boost your credentials for management and leadership.

  • 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 Graduate Certificate in Human Services consist of four core subjects totalling 32 points, as follows:

    COM430 Graduate Study Skills
    PSY482 Psychology of Human Development
    HCS409 Social Welfare in Human Services
    SOC401 Advanced Social Inequality

    Enrolment pattern

    Year 1 - Session 1
    COM430 Graduate Study Skills
    PSY482 Psychology of Human Development

    Year 1 - Session 2
    SOC401 Advanced Social Inequality
    HCS409 Social Welfare in Human Services

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Human Services must meet the following requirements:

    Completed Bachelor (or AQF equivalent) in human services, social work, social welfare, social sciences, nursing, health or related areas;
    A completed Bachelor (or AQF equivalent), needing to complete pre-requisite subjects for purpose of applying to the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) degree;
    Five years full time (or equivalent) work experience in Human Services with a supporting reference from their employer.

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    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.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJACS
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOACS

    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 32 points (four session-length subjects)

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

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    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.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Studylink subject for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
  • 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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