Online Short Courses

Short Term Learning. Long Term Gain.

Whether you’re looking to upskill, pursue a new career or challenge yourself by learning something new, our range of Online Short Courses are ready for you. With courses available in Health, Information Technology, and Environmental Sustainability, there’s a range of options for you to explore. 

Delivered through an innovative model of focused, condensed learning, you’ll be able to ramp up your knowledge and learn new skills quickly – and even complete your studies in as little as 30 weeks. Study online where and when it bests suits you, no matter where you are across the nation. 

Applications to commence in 2022 are now open.

What our students say about us

"My lecturers felt familiar and made me feel comfortable when approaching them for assistance, I found this very helpful in staying motivated and feeling supported."

— Juno Petherbridge. Undergraduate Certificate

"An excellent opportunity to learn from the experts in the field in a condensed format. It gives a thorough introduction into a new subject without the pressure of a long-term commitment."

— Daniel Portelli. Undergraduate Certificate.

Key Dates

28 February - 8 April 2022
Census Date: 10 March 2022
Applications Close: 20 February 2022

Session: 25 April - 3 June 2022
Census Date: 5 May 2022
Applications Close: 17 April 2022

20 June - 29 July 2022
Census Date: 30 June 2022
Applications Close: 12 June 2022

Session: 15 August - 23 September 2022
Census Date: 25 August 2022
Applications Close: 7 August 2022

10 October - 18 November 2022
Census Date: 20 October 2022
Applications Close: 2 October 2022

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Frequently Asked Questions

An Undergraduate Certificate is a short course facilitated entirely online via intensive teaching sessions to suit the complex life circumstances of the student.

The courses provide students 4 unit credits. Each unit is delivered over a six-week block, with a 2 week break in between to allow for grade completion and re-assessment where necessary. These online short courses can be completed in as little as 30 weeks.

HECS-HELP available to eligible students.

The Undergraduate Certificates are completely online. You do not need to attend a campus or do any practical work. There are no exams as the assessments are all focussed on real-world situations, so they will be case studies, quizzes relating to scenarios, presentations.

Upon successful completion of the course, an Undergraduate Certificate will be awarded. It can contribute up to 50% to a relevant Diploma course, which can eventually provide a pathway to an accredited undergraduate degree in the relevant fields.

To be eligible to apply to study an Undergraduate Certificate, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa;


  • be aged at least 17 years old at course commencement.

The Undergraduate Certificates are open access courses. You do not need to have any qualifications or experience before you start studying.

Yes. Once you complete your course, you will apply to graduate and can attend a graduation ceremony if you wish. Your certificate will say that you graduated from Western Sydney University

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Contact us

To discuss your study options, call our friendly Student Support Team on 1300 897 669 or email