Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care Services
Channel your empathy into aged care services
Help older adults and their loved ones navigate the Australian aged care system. Understand the health issues that impact elderly citizens, including dementia, so that you can address patient concerns and recommend appropriate services.
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- 27 Jun 21
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Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Describe the major diseases and conditions associated with ageing, including dementia
- Apply processes and strategies to assist older adults in navigating and accessing health care systems, services and processes
- Apply problem solving and design approaches to identify and communicate solutions or innovations
The Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care Services explores biological ageing of the body, the health challenges associated with ageing, and the provision of services to build capacity in areas of care navigation. It recognises the interdisciplinary nature of ageing and aged care services, and the complexity that the rising impact of dementia brings to these fields.
This part-time, fully online certificate is suitable for you if you are either working in, or planning to work in, aged care or related sectors, such as community-based roles and support services in the context of ageing with health-related diagnoses. Once you complete this certificate, you will be able to assist older adults and their family members to effectively navigate the complexity of the Australian aged care system.
This is a terrific opportunity to get your foot in the door in the aged care sector, as employment projections are upward trending and set to grow by 25% by 2024 * Labour Force Survey June 2019 This course is suitable for students from a wide range of educational backgrounds and minimal or no experience in aged care.
Not only do we provide you with job ready skills, but also the foundation for transition to further study. If you complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care Services and wish to continue further study, you can enter into either the Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services or the Bachelor of Dementia Care in 2022.
If do enrol in the course but are unable to complete the Undergraduate Certificate in 2021, we will support you to transfer into the Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services.
Applicants with previous higher education study:
To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) at Associate Degree level or higher at any Australian higher education provider
If an applicant has failed any units, the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made.
Applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years):
This course does not use ATAR as part of the admission process.
To be an eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification.
Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study:
To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed Certificate III or above.
Work and Life
Applications on the basis of work or life experience:
This course accepts applications based on work or life experience.
Applicants who have not completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but who have relevant work and life experience can complete a personal competency statement.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care Services is the perfect opportunity to get your foot in the door within the aged care sector and to build on your academic studies as well.
Developed and delivered by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, the course explores biological ageing of the body, the health challenges associated with ageing, and the provision of services to build capacity in areas of care navigation. The unit material you will cover includes understanding the major diseases and conditions associated with ageing, including dementia, and applying processes and strategies to assist older adults in navigating and accessing health care systems, services and processes.
Delivered entirely online, you can learn at a time convenient to you in a collaborative online learning environment. Through online activities and peer learning, you will be able to share your professional experience and learn from others in a collaborative online environment. Our assessment tasks will make use of case studies based on biological ageing, ageing in the community, ageing services provision and the aged care sector. So, if you don’t have significant industry experience you will still be able to contextualise your learning. There will be no direct, compulsory placements in industry as part of this course
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Year 1. 4 subjects in first year including
- TAS-CAD101 Introduction to Ageing, the Brain and Dementia
- TAS-CAD115 Health Services for an Ageing Population
- TAS-CAD119 Chronicity and Multimorbidity
- TAS-CAD209 Navigating the Aged Care System
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule to be eligible for this award. Students may take up to 2 years to complete.
Pick your subjects to begin.
Apply for the degree, or enrol directly into a subject. It's up to you!
You can apply for government funding or pay up-front.
This degree has open enrolment subjects which allow you to start without submitting a degree application.
You'll have the option to apply for the degree once you've successfully passed the subjects. In many cases, you'll even gain credit.