Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

You will acquire an understanding of up-to-date developments in policy, practice and research in the human and community services sector with our Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services. The course will enhance your professional knowledge and skills, and offers you the opportunity to focus on specific fields of practice, including mental health practice standards, community work policy and practice, and policy responses to domestic violence in Australia.

Course outline

Candidates are required to complete a total of 24 credit points (cp), including: 6 cp (1 unit of study) of core units. The balance consists of elective units from the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services Units of Study Table

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services may seek employment in human service organisations such as neighbourhood centres, aged care and disability services.

Course accreditation

This course does not lead to professional recognition. Students who would like to get accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) are encouraged to enquire about the Master of Social Work (Qualifying).

Further study

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services and are successful in their application for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) may be eligible to claim credit towards the MSW(Q) providing eligible units have been completed and they have not taken out the Grad Cert award.

Other study options

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers a wealth of experience and expertise in the development and delivery of professional development activities. Please visit http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/professional_learning/index.shtml to find out about the range of consultancy and customised programs, conferences, colloquia and symposia, and professional learning courses offered by the Faculty.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for Semester 1 (March) close on the last working day of November. On-time applications for Semester 2 (July) close on the last working day in June.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made online directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for Semester 2 (July) close on the last working day in June.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.