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Degree details

You will gain the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective human services professional. This program, informed by the latest research, will suit you if you are looking for specialist human services training.

You will complete three core courses and a specialist elective course in one of the following areas:

  • Childhood Studies
  • Community and Youth Work
  • Disability Studies
  • Social Gerontology

You will study alongside people from a range of disciplines, which will help you learn and understand how different professions can contribute to improving the quality of people's lives. You will explore contemporary issues and learn about the latest theory and practice that can be applied to a broad range of human service settings, including government and non-government welfare organisations and community groups.

You’ll find career opportunities in a diverse range of human service fields as well as the disciplines of health, family law, criminal justice, children's services and psychology.

You’ll be able to advance your career working with children, families, young people, or older people, in government and non-government welfare organisations, community groups, and human service organisations.

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership of the following professional body:

Graduates who complete 7009HSV Health and Ageing Across the Lifespan as their listed elective may be eligible for membership of the following professional body:

Higher education

Consideration for admission will be given to those candidates who have completed a bachelors degree in any discipline.

VET studies

Consideration for admission will be given to those candidates who have completed a Certificate IV VET/TAFE qualification in a related discipline AND a minimum of one year full-time professional experience in the disability, rehabilitation or related human services fields.

Work and Life

Consideration for admission will be given to those candidates who have completed a minimum of three years full-time professional experience in the disability, rehabilitation or related human services fields and can demonstrate the ability to undertake graduate study through a discussion with the Program Director and provision of curriculum vitae and an employers reference.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.

Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:

Griffith University may grant credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Recommended Study Pattern

0.5 years full-time

1 year part time

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Human Services (GCertHumServ), a student must acquire 40 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 30 credit points for core courses and
  • gain 10 credit points from the listed elective courses.