Aged care courses

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Introduction to Aged care

With a recent Royal Commission investigation into the quality and safety of aged care, there's a growing need for skilled workers who have studied aged care courses.

Areas you’ll explore in an aged care course

  • Differences and similarities in concepts of ageing and disability
  • Social, mental, and physical traits of an ageing society
  • Strategies to empower older adults to live independently
  • Foundations of community health work
  • Interdisciplinary ways of thinking and problem-solving skills
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University of Tasmania


Creativity for Life

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 22 Jul 2024, 04 Nov 2024

Next enrolment closes 14 Jul

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Nov 2024

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of South Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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Online aged care degrees

University of Tasmania

Learn how to support people's health and wellbeing

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Edith Cowan University

Specialise in caring for older adults in various settings

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

University of New England

Nurture individuals and communities

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Griffith University


Graduate Certificate in Human Services

Get set to make a difference to your community

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

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Discover 89 ways to study aged care with leading Australian universities.

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Aged care study FAQs

Why study an aged care course online?

Given that 22% (that's 8.8 million) of the Australian population is predicted to be over 65 by 2057, Australia needs a new wave of talented aged care workers.

Studying aged care at a tertiary level will give you the skills needed to empower older adults, aid societal change, and pave the way for the future of this rapidly growing area.

How do I enrol?

Unlike when you study through a traditional university, you can enrol you in most of the undergraduate subjects available through our website instantly. Enrol in the subjects you’re interested in, and as soon as your study materials arrive, you can start learning online.

As you start completing your subjects, you’ll eventually need to apply to your uni to formally enter your degree. Enrolling in subjects is a great way of becoming eligible and applying successfully. Check out the Registering in this degree section on the degree page you're interested in for more information.

Postgraduate subjects are different. Most of them are restricted, meaning you’ll have to apply for entry and be accepted before you can start studying online. You’ll find information about the application process on the postgraduate degree page that you’re interested in.

Enrolling is easy. You can enrol online or over the phone with a student advisor.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

Chat with us to find out more.

Why should I study online through Open Universities Australia?

There are a lot of reasons to study your course online through us.

  • You can enrol without entry requirements 
    We have a unique open-door policy that makes it possible for everyone to enrol in university study, no matter their academic history. If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a degree, we’ll help you get in through single undergraduate subjects and transition into a qualification from there.
  • You have total control over how you study
    Upskill without committing to a whole degree upfront. Or enrol in a full degree, but take it a subject at a time. We’ll introduce you to flexible study options you didn’t even know about, so you can fit uni around what matters to you.
  • You’ll graduate with the same qualification as an on-campus student
    Once you enrol through us, you’ll study online with the university that provides your degree. This means that when you complete your qualification, you’ll graduate with the same degree as on-campus students.
  • We’ll help you navigate the university world
    Our friendly student advisors will be your guide every step of the enrolment journey. They'll help you compare universities, choose a course, provide documentation and understand your finance options.

Career paths in aged care

As with any area of rapid growth, we’re like to see entirely new job titles created within aged care in coming years. For now, there are plenty of current career opportunities for those who choose to study an aged care course:

  • Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
  • Aged care supervisor
  • Aged care facility manager
  • Dementia specialist
  • Aged care facility auditor
  • Caregiver for in-home assistance
  • Care services coordinator

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