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Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies

2014 | 2015 | 2016

About this course

The Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies is designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. The Graduate Certificate also provides a pathway to the Master of Childhood and Youth Studies

Career opportunities

The qualification is suited to positions in community services, child and family health services, community-based education settings, child and youth services, family relationships centres, community development, juvenile justice, government and non-government policy-making agencies, research and consultancy requiring higher level knowledge and skills in relation to children and young people.

Major areas of study

Studies include understanding and engaging with children and young people and the option to select two from topics children’s rights, promoting children’s protection and participation, children and the law and strengthening young people’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Assessment methods

Assessment is practical and tailored closely to a student’s working world. Most units have two assessment tasks usually with a strong focus on authentic and professionally-relevant assessment.

Teaching methods

Students learn in an interactive online environment with plenty of flexibility to accommodate the competing commitments of busy professionals. There are no compulsory attendance requirements. Units are delivered by distance education. Units include innovative and appropriate use of technology to support student learning, and to ensure regular engagement with academics and fellow students. Units are offered across the University's three study sessions, enabling students to fast track their studies. Learning is facilitated by highly qualified and supportive academics.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

  1. As an alternative to Rule 2, Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.
  2. All applicants for admission to candidature must provide evidence of at least one year's experience in a field of employment acceptable to the School Board.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units from Part A
    2. two units from Part B
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for the Master of Childhood and Youth Studies has completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Master’s award.

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies will normally require an undergraduate degree and a minimum of one years experience working with children in a professional context. However admission will be considered for professionals with five years relevant experience but do not currently hold a bachelor's degree. Please contact the Course Coordinator to discuss options.

Domestic students

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this page again before acting and see our disclaimer.

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'