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The Undergraduate Certificate in Disability Care Support provides an introduction to the health sciences, focusing on the disability care sector.
Applications for Block B close 25 February 2024.
100% online and real-world ready
Complete your studies in as little as 30 weeks and once completed, you'll receive an Undergraduate Certificate.
Delivered through an innovative model of focused, condensed learning you’ll be able to ramp up your knowledge and learn new skills quickly.
Apply Now to start in March 2024 (Block B)!
A career in Disability Care Support
Disability support workers might find themselves working in either a community setting, a clients’ home, and are required to provide support in order to empower people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation, and wellbeing. Demand for skilled workers in all facets of the community services industry is growing. Specifically, the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is driving demand for person-centred support.
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 Competencies in Health
- Communication in Health
- Leisure Education Programming and Mental Health
- Professional Practice in Aged Care and Disability
Our Undergraduate Certificates are designed to run in block mode, which means you complete one subject at a time. Block mode format provides a focused and accelerated learning experience, which means you can engage in more intensive discussions and projects while having an immersive learning experience without distractions from multiple courses. Our subjects run completely online. The 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 2023 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 2023.
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 started looking at short programs so that I could at least try something out before committing"
- Emma Carmichael. Undergraduate Certificate in Disability Care Support
Want to learn more about our student success stories?
This program may open the door to a career in:
- Health services
- Disability support
- Lifestyle support
- Support assistance
- In-home respite care
- Residential care
Disability support worker
Disability support workers help aged and disabled people with a range of daily tasks. These include personal hygiene facilitation, mobility support, shopping tasks, food preparation, housework tasks, and the coordination of social events.
Health services officer
Health Services Officers develop, support and coordinate health programs and services for the benefit of communities.
Lifestyle support officer
Lifestyle support officers organise and implementi lifestyle and leisure programs that enable people to engage in activities that meet their needs.
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.