The Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care can be completed in six months of full-time study and is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The course articulates with the Bachelor of Healthy Ageing and is also offered as an exit award for students enrolled in that degree.
The Undergraduate Certificate is available in an online delivery mode.
The minimum requirements for consideration for entry to all
undergraduate courses are specified in detail in the University Entry
This course aims to prepare students to not only work with older people in aged care contexts, but to consider and develop new opportunities to support ageing societies. Core topics provide a foundation in understanding the diversity of ageing populations, with a focus on the aged care context.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
- Apply the principles of evidence-based practice to service development and delivery
- Communicate and collaborate effectively in different settings, especially those designed to support and meet the needs of older people
- Engage in reflective practice to support ongoing self-development and contribute to learning environments in the workplace
- Demonstrate skills essential for supporting the development of authentic partnerships with older people to achieve good outcomes for individuals in a diverse ageing population
- Prepare for a career in the field of ageing.
Program of study
To qualify for the Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care a student must complete 18 units, with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
AGES1001 Foundation Skills in Ageing Studies (4.5 units)
AGES1002 Attitudes, Language and Communication Influencing the Experience of Ageing (4.5 units)
AGES1004 Mental Health and Psychological Well-being in Later Life (4.5 units)
Plus 4.5 units of option topics selected from the following list:
AGES1010 The Experience of Dementia: People Perspectives (4.5 units)
AGES1014 Contemporary Approaches to Aged Care (4.5 units)