Start Date
February

Campus
Magill

Duration
0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code
MCAD

SATAC Code
4GC099 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time

Mode
Online

Fees
$AU 11,000 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

Degree overview

  • Prepare for a professional career in aged and disability support or management.
  • Upskill to advance your career in the national priority sectors of disability and aged care.
  • Study courses with a specific focus on ageing and disability across a range of contexts to develop sector specific knowledge.
  • Study courses with a specific critical disability studies and ageing focus.
  • Benefit from flexible study options through online and gain a qualification in six months*.
  • Gain credit towards further study, including Masters level qualifications in related industries.

*full-time study

Snapshot

Snapshot

Prepare for a professional career in aged and disability support or management, and develop the skills to enhance the wellbeing of individuals who live with impairment or challenges related to ageing, which may result in social exclusion.

Throughout the Graduate Certificate you will focus on critical disability studies,  ageing, disability and the law, diversity in ageing and disability, understanding the NDIS and My Aged Care as well as design, evaluation of services, sociology of ageing and disability, case management and support coordination.

You will also explore a range of human service organisations to understand and navigate the human service welfare infrastructure, with a specific emphasis on understanding the ageing and disability sectors service models. You will explore the human services sector to develop a deeper understanding of roles in ageing and disability service delivery, and inter-agency work.

In just six-months of full-time study, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and capabilities to make a difference in aged care and disability sectors. Part-time study may be available by negotiation.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, you can use your credit as a pathway to further learning, including Masters programs in related fields.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Disability has a strong focus on the practice and policy foundations of the ageing and disability sectors. This provides students the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills and knowledge to effectively, and efficiently, deliver services in these sectors with impact and empathy, while also providing career advancement opportunities.

Throughout your studies, you will explore a range of human service organisations to understand and navigate the human service welfare infrastructure, with a specific emphasis on understanding the ageing and disability sectors service models. You will undertake research into the human services sector to develop a deeper understanding of their roles in ageing and disability service delivery, and inter-agency work.

As a practice-based degree, you will investigate case studies, undertake role plays, and research articles that highlight key social issues to develop strategies to resolve these issues across both ageing and disability sectors, as well as some NDIS and My Aged Care supported services.

You will also develop advanced interpersonal and professional communications skills, and policy capacities through a strongly vocationally oriented sequences of courses, including:

  • Constructions of Ageing and Disability
  • Diversity in Ageing and Disability
  • Case Management and Support Coordination
  • Ageing, Disability and the Law

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Constructions of Ageing and Disability WELF 4037 4.5
Diversity in Ageing and Disability WELF 4038 4.5
Case Management and Support Coordination WELF 5112 4.5
Ageing, Disability and the Law WELF 5111 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Disability

Why this Degree

The Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Disability focuses on equipping graduates with the key knowledge and skills to effectively work in both ageing and disability sectors, as well as being able to provide some NDIS supported services.

Designed to meet the national priorities and the growing demand across the ageing and disability sectors, the Graduate Certificate focuses on students developing a strong body of knowledge of human service practice. Graduates will have an in-depth understanding in the underlying principles and concepts of social and emotional development and wellbeing, and ethical practice at the individual, community and policy level of ageing and disability service provision.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate will be equipped for entry to middle level positions in age and disability support or management.

Career outcomes include:

  • Direct disability and age care support services
  • Leadership, coordination and team supports in ageing and disability sector
  • Community development, project officer and service design and evaluation roles
  • Social planning, support coordination, local area coordination, program agency manager
  • Case management or project roles in local, state and national government departments and agencies.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

As a developmental educator I am committed to walking alongside people living with disabilities and their networks to achieve their aspirations, life goals and take their place as full citizens. I have had a diverse range of roles in disability services in direct service provision, management, governance and research. As a result, I am passionate about educating future professionals to practice with high levels of integrity in a diverse range of settings, ensuring that social justice is accessible to all members of society. This program offers you insights into the range of employment options in the ageing and disability sectors, as well as a balance of theory and technical practice skills that are highly valued and sought after by employers. There is high demand for graduates who can work in direct service, service development, quality assurance and management.

AsPr Caroline Ellison

Program Director

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