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Overview

Understand and appreciate the latest developments in policy and its application, practice and research in this vital and growing sector. Strengthen your professional knowledge and specialise in your preferred sector, including community work policy and practice, mental health practice standards, and policy responses to domestic violence in Australia. 

You will be taught by experienced and highly skilled academic staff, while group discussion and class interaction will help you understand and develop ideas and maximise your skills.

This six-month, graduate-level program may provide a pathway for suitable candidates into the Master of Social Work (Qualifying), which leads to a professional qualification in social work recognised by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - Not available 

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year (please note: from 2021, this course will no longer be available to international student visa holders)

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

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Semester 2 (August)
Please note: from 2021, this course will no longer be available to international student visa holders

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What you'll study

Candidates are required to complete a total of 24 credit points (cp), including: 6 cp (1 unit of study) of core units. The balance consists of elective units from the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services Units of Study Table.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

Professional accreditation

This course does not lead to professional recognition. Students who would like to get accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) are encouraged to enquire about the Master of Social Work (Qualifying).

Career Pathways

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services may seek employment in human service organisations such as neighbourhood centres, aged care and disability services.

Future study

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Human and Community Services and are successful in their application for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying) may be eligible to claim credit towards the MSW(Q) providing eligible units have been completed and they have not taken out the Grad Cert award.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.