Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    2 years part-time

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

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  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Aged Care Activity Worker | Aged Care Worker | Aged Care Service Manager | Pastoral Care Worker | Pastoral Care Counsellor | View All

Course Rundown

Enhance your career prospects and build professional knowledge and skills to effectively help others with this online Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies course from St Mark’s National Theological Centre, awarded by Charles Sturt University. 

Designed for people with undergraduate study experience in theology, psychology or a related field, this qualification enables you to build relevant skills in delivering effective pastoral care solutions for people later in life. In this course, you’ll learn how to design and deliver specialised and effective pastoral care solutions for elderly people, ensuring they receive spiritual and emotional support across a range of settings, and enable you to plan, initiate and evaluate effective care plans to meet their needs.

Taught by industry experts drawing on contemporary research and best-practise pastoral care techniques, this practical and specialised course is highly relevant and serves a growing need for specialised aged care support. With this qualification, you’ll be able to pursue employment in leadership, management and strategic planning roles as your career progresses.

If you care deeply about the welfare of others and want to build a rewarding and meaningful career helping others, this course could be your next career step. 



To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in either Theology, Social Work, Psychology or equivalent; OR
  • Hold the Graduate Certificate of Ageing and Pastoral Studies.

Applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency.

What You’ll Learn

In this aged care course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Foundations for pastoral and spiritual care of older people
  • Pastoral and spiritual care of older people
  • Theological and ethical issues for people in later life
  • Ageing bodies, ageing minds
  • Loss, grief and palliative care for older people

Elective subjects:

  • Pastoral counselling skills
  • Applied pastoral theology
  • Pastoral and spiritual care in residential and community aged care settings
  • Theological ethics for the helping professions
  • Social research methods for pastoral studies
  • Mental health challenges for pastoral and spiritual care
  • Pastoral practice in ageing: politics, policy and principles

Why study with St Mark's National Theological Centre?

Discover what theological learning is all about when you sign up to a course at St Mark’s National Theological Centre. Since 1957 St Mark’s has been a leader in theological learning, offering students from all different backgrounds a rich, vibrant and supportive educational environment. St Mark’s is a proud partner of Charles Sturt University (CSU) and offers nationally recognised and academically rigorous undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in counselling, ministry and theology, pastoral studies plus more.

Student Support

St Mark’s National Theological Centre pride themselves on offering a supportive and high-quality theological education experience, while keeping the students’ interest at the forefront at all times.

As a partner with CSU, students of St Mark’s will be able to access the same great range of support services, including counselling services for any support you may need along your study journey or in your personal life.

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:

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 Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies from St Mark's National Theological Centre,  awarded by Charles Sturt University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills and experience required to work in a range of leadership roles providing holistic pastoral care to elderly people. With this qualification, you may choose to pursue employment in a range of community service roles, including working as an aged care team leader or residential facility manager, or take your skills and experience in pastoral care and guidance to a community or church setting. 

This qualification will enable you to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and offer support and guidance to those who need it most. You may choose to use the experience and insights gained in this qualification to help others in your church, school or other community. 

Curious about where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

The fee for this course is$15,200 ($1,900 per eight credit point subject).

St Mark’s offers payment plans to assist students to manage the cost of study. The payment plan involves payment of a $500 deposit on or before the census date, and an agreement to make regular payments to complete the balance of fee payment by the last day of the semester.