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Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Social and Mental Health Care


Not available to international students.
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Not available
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Undergraduate Certificate (Social and Mental Health Care)
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences
Society and Welfare Studies

The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Social and Mental Health Care is a one-year, part-time course that offers you the opportunity to upskill, reskill and retrain in social and mental health care.

Available 100% online or on campus, this course will equip you with core skills and is a direct pathway into higher education courses in social work and psychology.

Apply by 26 February to save 20% on course fees for 2021.*

During this course you will acquire basic communication skills required for individual, family, and couples' therapy. You'll also learn about mental health and behavioural issues. This course is designed to support your learning needs and develop your study skills.

On completing the Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Social and Mental Health Care, you'll be eligible to use the credits you've gained towards further study of a:

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Diploma of Social Care
  • Diploma of Counselling.

You may also use the Undergraduate Certificate as a pathway for entry into a variety of other higher education courses.

Advanced standing may be granted for some or all of the subjects you successfully complete. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.

* Discounted course fees for Undergraduate Certificates are only available to domestic students who apply by 26 February 2021 and enrol in Semester 1 2021. Refer to the fees tab for more information.

Note: On current advice the Undergraduate Certificate must be completed by the end of 2021.

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

Contact details

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

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

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • 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 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

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.

Course structure

This 40-credit point course consist of two (2) core and two (2) specialist elective units. This course consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you develop core knowledge in social and mental health care and the necessary skills for successful university studies.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
(2 units)
20cp Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

SWK102 Communication Skills
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A

Specialist Elective
(2 units)



Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from one of the following specialisations below:

PSY141 Introduction to Psychology B
PSY115 Psychological Skills

Social Work
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
SWK103 Social Work Skills A
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion

PSY143 Traumatology - Assessment and Intervention
PSY390 Counselling

Alcohol and Other Drugs
AOD201 Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies
AOD301 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs

  40cp Total Credit Points


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 part time load.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 2 SE


Course fees

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.

All commonwealth supported students who apply by 26 February and commence this undergraduate certificate in 2021 will receive a 20% discount on their student contribution. The total cost of this course ranges from $4,490.00 - $5,800.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and is dependent on your unit choice. The undiscounted price for this course ranges from $5,612.50 - $7,250.00 + Student Services & Amenities fee and is dependent on your unit choice.

Information about unit fees can be found at Domestic Fees.

Domestic - Undergraduate Certificate studies


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





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.


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