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Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Disability Support Worker | Health Promotion Practitioner | Aged Care Worker | Social Researcher | View all

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Course Rundown

CSU believe that learning is about more than just a degree.

About this course

Designed to prepare you for a career in aged care, this online Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) course will accelerate your learning and help you upgrade your diploma into a fully-fledged undergraduate degree.

Offered by Charles Sturt University, this articulated program will build upon your existing knowledge of community services and allied health contexts, and will equip you with a highly specialised understanding of gerontology.

The program has a strong focus on healthy ageing and welfare, and the syllabus addresses a number of key topics including ageing as a life stage, the challenges and issues of ageing (both on an individual level and its overall impact on the healthcare system and greater society), and also shines a spotlight on the importance of upholding individual rights and the dignity of older populations.

With baby boomers reaching their twilight years, it's becoming increasingly important that Australia has qualified and well-trained professionals working across the various facets of aged care. So enquire now and get the training you need to work in this ever-expanding industry!


To be eligible for this course, applicants must have completed one of the following two-year diplomas:

  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Development
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Diploma of Disability
  • Diploma of Leisure and Health
  • Diploma of Nursing

Areas of study

In this gerontology course, the subjects you will study include: Core units:

  • Communication and human services
  • Applied ethics
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
  • Foundations in social policy

Specialisation units:

  • Gerontology theory and research
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Facilitating positive behaviours
  • Grief and loss
  • Leisure and social relations
  • Psychology of ageing
  • Case management

Elective units:

  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling 2
  • Social dimensions of disability
  • Disability issues for families
  • Leisure programming with diverse populations
  • Foundations of leisure activity
  • Community leisure and health issues
  • Child welfare practice
  • Mental health practice
Charles Sturt University One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 16 campuses in the eastern states of Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Port Macquarie

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) from Charles Sturt University.

Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work with older clients in the field of social welfare and community services. Graduates can anticipate working in some of the following areas:

  • Aged care policy development
  • Managerial and leadership positions in aged care services
  • Health and human services for older clients
  • Health promotion and community development
  • Social research

Where could a career in health take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance. Find out more about HECS-HELP here. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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