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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time
1 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

80

Course code

YAOD02
SATAC/UAC codes
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Overview

Our Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice introduces you to contemporary issues, research and interventions in the Australian alcohol and other drugs (AOD) field. This Diploma is designed for those seeking career entry into the AOD sector, or professionals working in the fields of mental health, education, nursing, social work, indigenous studies, health sciences, etc.

Our program delivers the latest evidence-based research to provide you with the skills and competencies to navigate the complex and growing challenges faced in the alcohol and other drugs sector and to meet specific professional development needs, expand employment opportunities and continue to future undergraduate studies.

As a student you will:

  • Gain the skills to evaluate and implement current research evidence in the AOD field.
  • Develop and expand your knowledge, gaining practical skills and competencies leading to an entry point of employment or increased employment opportunities.
  • Develop competencies for professional practice required within anticipated environments in which AOD services are delivered.
  • Have the choice to study on campus or learn via flexible online study to suit your busy schedule.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

 

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $30,240.00. This equates to $3,780.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Study Social Work with us and make a real difference to local communities, families and individuals, or in the humanitarian aid industry abroad. You'll gain knowledge and skills through placements, intensive units and theoretical knowledge, and graduate as a culturally competent specialist ready to create change.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • #3 in Australia for social work starting salaries (GUG 2022)
  • Flexibility and support to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online

What will I study?

The Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs practice can be studied one-year full time or two-years part time and is offered in internal or external mode of study. The course consists of 8 units which will provide you with a range of skills and knowledge, covering topics such as counselling, trauma assessment and intervention and health promotion. There is also the opportunity to gain a concurrent VET Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs through recognition of prior learning (RPL), thus increasing employment opportunities further.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(8 units)

80cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. 

HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro Skills
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
PSY144 Traumatology Assessment and Intervention
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology A
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
SWK102 Communication Skills
AOD202 Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies
AOD311 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field
 

 

80cp

Total Credit Points

 

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
 

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SWK101 Introduction to Human ServicesCOSWK102 Communication SkillsCO
HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro SkillsCOPSY144 Traumatology Assessment and InterventionCO
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACOAOD311 Counselling/ Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs FieldCO
AOD202 Alcohol and Other Drugs StudiesCOHSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO

 

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
 

Legend:CU = Common UnitCO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  SWK102 Communication SkillsCO
  PSY144 Traumatology Assessment and InterventionCO
  AOD311 Counselling/ Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs FieldCO
  HSC132 Introduction to Health PromotionCO
Year 2
SWK101 Introduction to Human ServicesCO  
HSC119 Counselling Theory and Micro SkillsCO  
PSY150 Introduction to Psychology ACO  
AOD202 Alcohol and Other Drugs StudiesCO  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Community Services and Social Work, Allied Health Sciences, Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116331
591200
Online (CSP)
116331
591200
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
108089M

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