Graduate Certificate in Human Services

Course Rundown

If you’re interested in promoting social inclusion and advocating for the rights of vulnerable populations, this online Graduate Certificate in Human Services course is the ideal starting point.

Offered by Charles Sturt University, the postgraduate program is designed to provide you with an introduction to the field of human services, and is ideally suited to those who already work in a related field but lack the qualification to formalise their experience. The program offers subjects that cover a broad spectrum of disciplines that address working with a variety of individuals: from families and children at risk through to individuals with disabilities and Indigenous communities.

Should you wish to continue on with your studies, completion of this course will also qualify you to enrol in master’s programs that relate to human services.


To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Hold a relevant degree in human services, social work, social welfare, the social sciences or other related areas; OR
  • Have an undergraduate degree, needing to complete prerequisite subjects for the purpose of applying to undertake the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) degree; OR
  • Possess substantial experience in the field of human services, and have your employer attest to the likelihood of your academic and vocational success

When applying for the graduate certificate, applicants should indicate if they're studying the course as a precursor for the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) as this affects their enrolment subjects.


In this human services course, the subjects you will study may include:

  • Graduate study skills
  • Gerontology theory and research
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Introduction to social welfare
  • Fields of practice
  • Research methods
  • Child abuse and child protection
  • Mental health practice
  • Child welfare practice
  • Foundations in criminology
  • Crime delinquency and social welfare
  • Juvenile justice 1 – context
  • Juvenile justice 2 – practice
  • Introduction to leisure and health
  • Leisure programming with diverse populations
  • Foundation of leisure activity
  • Community leisure and health issue
  • Australian government and politics
  • Psychology for health and human services
  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Psychology of ageing
  • Foundations in social policy
  • Introductory sociology
  • Social inequality
  • Sociology of health and healthcare
  • Gender, family and society
  • Fame and social control
  • Policy power and social action
  • Rurality in a globalised world
  • Environment and society
  • Community analysis
  • Immigration and settlement policy
  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling 1
  • Social dimensions of disability
  • Developing cross cultural competencies
  • Disability issues for families
  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling 2
  • Case management

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 6 campuses in NSW, 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.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Certificate in Human Services from Charles Sturt University.

This postgraduate qualification will reflect your advanced understanding of the social, ethical and legal dimensions of delivering human services, and will prove to employers that you are well positioned to advocate and support a range of clients.

Such a qualification will increase your career prospects in the fields of allied health, community services and education, and would be highly beneficial to any professional looking to make a career change into these fields.

Curious about where a career in community services could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Courses that are not Commonwealth supported places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program.

Find out more about FEE-HELP here.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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