Charles Sturt University
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3 years part-time
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Designed to prepare you for a career in aged care, this online Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) course will accelerate your learning and help you upgrade your diploma into a fully-fledged undergraduate degree.
Offered by Charles Sturt University, this articulated program will build upon your existing knowledge of community services and allied health contexts, and will equip you with a highly specialised understanding of gerontology.
The program has a strong focus on healthy ageing and welfare, and the syllabus addresses a number of key topics including ageing as a life stage, the challenges and issues of ageing (both on an individual level and its overall impact on the healthcare system and greater society), and also shines a spotlight on the importance of upholding individual rights and the dignity of older populations.
With baby boomers reaching their twilight years, it's becoming increasingly important that Australia has qualified and well-trained professionals working across the various facets of aged care. So enquire now and get the training you need to work in this ever-expanding industry!
CSU believe that learning is about more than just a degree.
To be eligible for this course, applicants must have completed one of the following two-year diplomas:
In this gerontology course, the subjects you will study include: Core units:
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.
You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:
You can also choose to study this course entirely online.
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Social Science (Gerontology and Healthy Ageing) from Charles Sturt University.
Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills needed to work with older clients in the field of social welfare and community services. Graduates can anticipate working in some of the following areas:
Wondering where a career in aged care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:
If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance. Find out more about HECS-HELP here. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).
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