Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support
Core skills in community care
Make a start in a career in social and community services. You’ll learn how to offer positive support to people in need. Get to know the health and community services in Australia. Think how you can help individuals, families, and communities.
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Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:
- Engage in strength-based collaborations with individuals, families, service providers and communities to create a foundation for community service practice and promote positive community support outcomes
- Apply community support principles and practices to diverse situations and contexts
- Use reflection, communication and problem-solving skills to guide planning, decision-making, service delivery and quality improvement in community support systems and services
The Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support is a great starting point for those interested in a career in the community sector with or without prior experience. You’ll be building the foundations for a fulfilling career providing care, help and support to people from all walks of life.
The Community Services industry is one of the largest industry areas in Australia and is projected to continue to grow over the next few years as job demands increase*. Potential career opportunities exist in the voluntary, private, not-for-profit, non-government and/or government sectors in health and community services. Roles include team leaders, coordinators, supervisors, service managers, coaches, service navigators, and community development/engagement officers.
If you complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support and wish to continue further study, you can transition into further study, with credit towards an Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support.
*Health Care and Social Assistance, employment projections to May 2024, Department of Employment 2020, Employment Projections.
Higher education via OUA
Successful completion of any 2 OUA open access subjects of study at the equivalent AQF level, unless otherwise specified
Domestic Applicants with higher education study - Completed at least two undergraduate subjects (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) within an equivalent AQF Level course or higher.
Completed the TCE (or equivalent)
Successful completion of Certificate III or higher
Work and Life
Domestic Applicants with work and life experience: If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have extensive or sustained work experience.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
The Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support provides a contemporary foundation for working in the social and community services sector. Working with industry experts, this course has been designed to build the core skills, capabilities and practices required to meet consumer, community and workforce needs.
Reflecting on your own values and beliefs, you will expand your awareness of self and others and develop the understanding, skills and relationships required to provide quality, person-centred support. You will explore current trends, changes and challenges in the sector and apply principles of continuous quality improvement to achieve positive outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
The curriculum focuses on applied learning opportunities, where you will engage with sector leaders, service consumers, organisations and communities to explore and respond to real-world issues. This course is suited to people interested in pursuing a career in community support; those already working in the social and community service sectors looking to upskill, as well as school leavers interested in starting an exciting new career in the sector.
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study, the following study pattern is recommended.
Note: If you are commencing the course in Semester 2 and studying part-time, the recommended subject sequence is to enrol in elective subjects in Semester 2 and ZAC101 and one remaining elective in Semester 1 of the following year
1 core subject:
- TAS-ZAC101 Supporting People and Diversity
Select 3 electives from the followings:
- TAS-ZAC102 Foundations of Health and Wellbeing
- TAS-ZAC103 Contemporary Support in Health and Community Services
- TAS-ZAC105 Health and Community Services in Australia
- TAS-ZAC106 Quality Systems and Practice in Health and Community Services
- TAS-ZPP101 Professional Skills in Practice
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule, within 0.5-2 years from commencement.
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