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.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services students complete the core unit of study worth 6 credit points (cp) and select 3 further units of study (18cp) from a designated selection.

Progression rules

Students must complete 24 credit points for the award of graduate certificate, and are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services, candidates who apply to either the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies or Master of Policy Studies, or the Graduate Diploma in Social Work or Master of Social Work and are successful, may request credit for units of study completed in the Graduate Certificate.

Course accreditation

This program does not lead to a 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

Eligible graduates may apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies or Master of Policy Studies, or the Graduate Diploma in Social Work, or Master of Social Work. Students who are interested in enrolling in the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) need to have their previous credits assessed, as only select GradCertH&CS units are eligible for credit in the MSW(Qual) program.

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 us 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. The Faculty of Education and Social Work is a NSW Institute of Teachers' endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of November. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in June. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, 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 2013 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.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services.