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Undergraduate

Diploma of Social Care

2022

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
116261
591100
Online (CSP)
116261
591100
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
0101030
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

YSCCR1

Award
Diploma of Social Care
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine
Society and Welfare Studies

Whether you are seeking a new career, or looking to build on your existing experience, the Diploma of Social Care provides you with knowledge and skills for a range of community and human service roles. The social care and community sector is a rapidly growing field offering a wide variety of employment options.

You will learn about working with individuals, groups and communities to help people access the care, support and services they need. You will also learn to locate and analyse key information to help you make practice decisions.

As a graduate you will have the skills for employment in community work, residential care, support services, youth work and aged care. This course provides a direct pathway into the Bachelor of Social Work degree at Charles Darwin University, with full credit for the first year of study.

Credit transfers and pathways

Credit transfer

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

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

  • The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    18 67.0
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/P
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/P
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

    <5 N/P
    International students <5 N/P
    All students 27 96.0

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

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

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.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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 Module A 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 Proficiency A minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A 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.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Median rank to receive an offer <5 <5
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 <5

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

The Diploma of Social Care comprises six core units and two specialist electives. Core units include communication skills, dynamics of group work, Indigenous contemporary perspectives, introduction of human services, academic literacies, cultural intelligence and capability. This diploma is offered on campus as well as externally online by distance education.


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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
(6 units)

60cp

 Compulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below. 

 HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
 SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
 SWK102 Communication Skills
 IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives
 HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)
 SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work
 

Specialist Elective
(2 units)

20cp

Specialist Elective Units totalling 20 credit points selected from the following specialist elective streams: 

 PSY140 Psychology A
 SWK103 Social Work Skills A
 SWK201 Human Service Organisations
 AOD201 Alcohol and Other Drugs
 PSY202 Developmental Psychology

 

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.

Course Changes - 2021

HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction has replaced HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health from 2021. Students have completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

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: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion CO HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives CO SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work CO
Specialist elective 1 SE Specialist elective 2 SE

 

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: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only)  CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work CO
    Specialist elective 1 SE
Year 2
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) CO    
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO    
IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives CO    
Specialist elective 2 SE    

Course 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.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU or BIITE*:

  • Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

MyNextCourse

*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

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

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner to help you apply

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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