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Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare)

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Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare)

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The Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) provides the specialised knowledge and skills needed to help improve the health, happiness and fortunes of children and adolescents. Offered part-time over one year, this online course also prepares students for admission to the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare.  

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Human Services (Child and Adolescent Welfare) is a course designed for non-graduates who are experienced practitioners in the field of Child and Adolescent Welfare as an entry level qualification into the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare. It is also suitable for other graduates wishing to enter the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare. The course ensures that students can produce academic work at a graduate level; that they can demonstrate their understanding of the individual, society and the field of child and adolescent welfare; and that they complete the pre-requisite knowledge requirements for entry to the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare.

  • 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 course consists of the following four core subjects:

    COM430 Graduate Study Skills
    PSY482 Psychology of Human Development
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS409 Social Welfare in Human Services

    Enrolment pattern

    Session 1
    COM430 Graduate Study Skills
    PSY482 Psychology of Human Development

    Session 2
    HCS513 Understanding Children from Adversity
    HCS409 Social Welfare in Human Services

  • Admission information

    Entry is open to applicants:

    • with a relevant degree in the human services, child and adolescent welfare, social work, social welfare, the social sciences,
    • health or related areas; or,
    • with an undergraduate degree needing to complete pre-requisite subjects for purpose of applying to undertake the Master of Child and Adolescent Welfare degree; or,
    • without a relevant tertiary degree but who have substantial human service experience and whose employing body attests to their likely academic and vocational success.

    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 Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYNOAAD
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAAD

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Preparing for Study


    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS026 - Developing skills in Information Technology

    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU: 

    • SSS022 - Writing at University 
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • 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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