The fully online Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care Support provides an introduction to the health sciences, focusing on the aged care sector.
Applications for 2022 have closed. Start dates and applying for 2023 will be available shortly.
A career in Aged Care
Aged care is the support provided to older people in their own home or in an aged care facility. It can include assistance with everyday living, health care, accommodation and equipment such as walking frames or ramps. Aged care plays a vital role in society, in ensuring the provision of both skilled and custodial care as well as ensuring dedicated care and assistance with their daily activities to improve quality of life.
This program offers a pathway to the Diploma of Health Science. If you wish to continue with further studies, the Diploma offers a direct pathway to the Bachelor of Health Science.
The subjects covered in this program include;
- Professional Health Competencies
- Communication in Health
- Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory
- Professional Practice in Aged Care and Disability
Our Undergraduate Certificates are designed to run in block mode which means that you complete one subject at a time over a shorter time period. This means you can focus 100% on one subject at a time. All of our subjects are run online. Assessments are industry grounded and will remain authentic to the activities, challenges, and expectations of the industry.
More information about the program structure is outlined in our handbook.
Fees and delivery
The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) quoted above is an indication only of the student contribution to tuition fees for this program for 2021 and does not include other fees and charges. Actual tuition fees are calculated when you enrol.
Fees are subject to annual increases. The above indicative fee is based on completing this program in 2021.
Other fees: Students are required to pay the Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and may also be required to purchase textbooks or other program materials.
For more details, consult Student Contribution Bands
Eligible students also have access to interest-free HECS-HELP loans, so you can study now and pay later.
Find out more about HECS-HELP on the Study Assist website.
This program is only available to domestic students.
Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this certificate.
Meet one of our students
"I channelled my energies into learning about the aged care sector and exploring ways that I could make a difference"
- Julie Waugh. Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care Support
Want to learn more about our student success stories?
This program may open the door to a career in:
- Health services
- Health promotion
- Health programs
- Quality improvement
- Community work
Health services officer
Health Services Officers develop, support and coordinate health programs and services for the benefit of communities.
Health promotion officer
Health Promotion Officers identify and address priority health and wellbeing issues and deliver population health interventions. They develop and implement health promotion programs and evaluate their effectiveness.
Health program manager
Public health program managers are responsible for overseeing health services and facilities. They may manage individual departments or whole facilities.
Quality improvement officer
Quality Improvement Officers can be involved in the strategic planning and supervision of quality and safety activities at major metropolitan hospitals or for an area health service.
Related study options
*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.