Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services

The GradCertH&CS provides students with up-to-date information about developments in policy, practice and research in the human and community services industry.

Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed for working in the Australian human and community services industry. The degree also offers students the opportunity to focus on specific fields of practice, including management, community work and violence against women.

Entry requirements

Prospective candidates for the certificate must first hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent from the University of Sydney or other institution approved by the faculty.

Course structure

The program is taught over one semester of full-time study (two semesters of part-time study). Students other than international students may begin the course in either semester. International students must enrol to commence their studies in Semester One.

The majority of the course is taught face-to-face to allow students to exchange ideas and experiences in a classroom setting. Units of study that are delivered in block mode have online discussion forums. One unit of study per semester is likely to be delivered as an online learning module.

Core unit of study

All candidates must complete the core unit of study, Practice: Theory Development (SCWK6943).

Elective units of study

Students must enrol in three of the following units of study.

Further study

At the conclusion of the course, students who choose to progress to any qualification within either the Master of Policy Studies articulated program or Master of Social Work articulated program will receive credit for units already completed.


Tuition fees on candidates' citizenship and are reviewed annually. The most up-to-date estimate for GradCertH&CS course fees can be found under Fees & Admissions for the graduate certificate in the Courses Online database. Comprehensive information about payment of international fees is available from the International Student Office fee-payment page.