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Graduate Certificate in Human Services

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Human Services will provide students with the knowledge and skills to seamlessly transition into a higher qualification in Social Work, such as the Master of Social Work (Qualifying).

The Graduate Certificate in Human Services will provide students with specific knowledge in sociology, social policy making, Indigenous issues, and professional communications.

Students will learn about contemporary Australian issues and nuances and how this relates to human services work, especially social work in the Australian community. 

Students will be guided on how to develop verbal and written communication, critical thinking and reasoning with an Australian context.

This course also has a unit focused on the diversity of social, cultural and political situation in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live.

At the end of this course graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills across a wide range of human services issues, enough to transition into and practice within the Human Services or Social Work industry.

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority. 


What you'll learn


Explore with an applied focus:

  • Social Work Theories
  • Professional Communication
  • Indigenous Social Work
  • Evidence Based Approaches
  • Professional Issues and Applications
  • Australian Society and Culture

See the complete course guide here.

Course Structure

4 units

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Course Guide


This course is comprised of 4 core units, which are compulsory subjects required to complete your qualification.

Admission Criteria

Meet one of the following criteria:

For students seeking entry into the MSWQ upon completion of the GCHS:


  • A Bachelor degree with at least 4 cognate units (for example in social sciences, psychology, community and welfare work, nursing, allied health, counselling), or
  • A Bachelor degree with evidence of at least six months of full-time study in social sciences, or equivalent


  • A written 500-word statement outlining your interest in studying social work.

For students who do NOT seek entry into the MSWQ:

  • A Bachelor degree.


  • A written 500-word statement outlining your interest in studying social work.

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit

Please click here for information on Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning

*Not available as a stand-alone course for International students


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