Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services

Become a critically reflective and ethical practitioner that can make lasting change to the lives of people in need.
On-line Learning, Berwick
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course.
0.5 Year
Semester 1 (Online and Mt Helen Campus) and Semester 2 (Online and Berwick Campus)

The Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services is designed for community and human services professionals looking to advance their careers or those seeking a new career in this growing sector. Many social problems, including poverty, conflict, family violence, growing social and economic disparities in health, education and mental health, are challenges confronting the welfare sector in Australia and around the globe. You will learn theories and practice frameworks that underpin community service work and develop skills to undertake complex case work, group work and social advocacy.

This course provides you with the skills to work in a broad range of human services settings including government, non-government welfare organisation and community groups. Upon completion of this course, you may be eligible for our Master of Social Work (Qualifying) program, accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers, to become a qualified social worker.

  • Disability support worker
  • Youth worker
  • Community development worker
  • Welfare worker
  • Community support worker
  • Residential care worker

Work in a broad range of human service settings, including government, non-government welfare organizations and community groups.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact FedUni for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by FedUni for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

View Current subject information and cost.

Year 1

Semester 1

BEHAV3003, 15 credit points
GCSCS6003, 15 credit points

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: GC4

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)


Completed a Bachelor’s Degree AQF Level 7 in any discipline. OR Completed a Diploma VET/TAFE or Associate Degree qualification in a related discipline AND a minimum of three years full-time professional experience in the related community and human service fields, such as disability studies, community development, youth work, child protection, family violence, homelessness, housing, humanitarian organisations.

On-campus students to attend 3 fortnightly seminars of 3 hours each per subject (36 hours in total) This program has a blended delivery model.

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) indicative annual fee

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

If what you have learned at work, from other courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this course, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. For further details contact FedUni on 1800 333 864.

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To this course: Pathways into this program may include a Bachelor Degree or a combination of study and work experience.

Please contact the university for further details and to discuss your current academic qualifications.

From this course: Students may apply for Master of Social Work (Qualifying) on successful completion of this program, subject to meeting entry requirements. 

Q. If you have Bachelor degree in any field not related to community and human services and successfully complete the 6 month Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services as foundational degree, will you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying)? Will you receive credit for the subjects completed in Graduate Certificate?

A. Yes, you will meet the entry requirements into the Master of Social Work (Qualifying), but you will not receive credit for the subjects that you completed in the Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services. 

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909.



School department

School of Arts

Course coordinator

Tejaswini Vishwanath