Overview

Graduate Certificate in Family Studies

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Family Studies is a newly developed program designed for students looking to progress their career opportunities in family study fields.

The program has been designed to enhance your theoretical and practical knowledge in core areas including family studies and cultural diversity, equipping you with the necessary expertise to pursue leading roles in family work based positions.

As a graduate you will be qualified to effectively support families in areas such as working with men and fathers, disability and drug and alcohol abuse. Skilled workers in these areas of expertise are essential. The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies will prepare you with the fundamental skills to deal with the complex issues that arise in varied family contexts.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can achieve your fully accredited Graduate Certificate in Family Studies at a time that suits you.

Explore this page and find out if the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.

Is it for you?

Are you looking for a career that enables you to make a real difference in people’s lives? Do you have a bachelor degree in a related field? The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies could be the first postgraduate step you take to give your career the meaning you’ve been seeking.

If you are looking for a program to promote a career change or to enhance your career potential in family studies, the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies will provide you with a fundamental educational foundation and required knowledge and skills to succeed in your chosen field.

Throughout the program you will be provided with opportunities to apply your acquired learnings in a practical setting to better prepare you for professional roles in family service management, family program coordination or research and policy development in government, non-government and corporate sectors, just to name a few.

The expertise of the course's academics will provide you with invaluable guidance and advice, contributing significantly to your learning and development. You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of accessibility to the Family Action Centre. You will have access to professionals that are actively engaged in the provision of family programs, research and policy advocacy helping you to gain a true understanding of potential career paths.

For more information on what you will study throughout this advanced program, visit the ‘Study’ tab.

Career Pathways

Using your knowledge acquired from the University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Family Studies, you will be able to focus on preventing as well as remediating problems whilst maintaining a commitment to improving overall quality of life. You will promote improved service delivery systems by addressing the quality of direct services, and by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies.

Your acquired skills and knowledge will increase your employment potential in the social and human services in universities, schools, non-profit organisations, hospitals, home health and long-term care agencies and in government. You will be able to leverage your career by taking on roles including:

  • family service manager
  • family program coordinator
  • research and policy officer
  • international development worker specialising in family policy or programs
  • family and relationship services practitioner
  • specialist family work roles in nursing, allied health, youth work, drug and alcohol, mental health, early childhood, education, law.

With your Graduate Certificate in Family Studies, you will be able to pursue a career that enables you to make a real difference in people’s lives no matter where you are in the world.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies, visit the ‘Details’ tab.

Specialisations

The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies is a newly developed program designed to enhance your theoretical and practical knowledge in core areas including family studies and cultural diversity, equipping you with the necessary expertise to pursue roles in family work based positions.

The program has been designed to offer fundamental education in family studies by completing four courses over one year. The one core course, Foundations in Family Studies, will prepare you to understand various theoretical and research approaches to the study of family.  You will investigate the development of the field of family studies across the globe and become familiar with a variety of theoretical approaches. You will learn the structure and functions of diverse family forms and will comprehend the basic principles and intervention approaches for working with families in contemporary societies.

The program then allows you to select three courses from a prescribed list of directed courses enabling you to tailor your program and best align it with your preferred disciplines including ageing, drug and alcohol studies, working with fathers, and children and families.

The program also offers valuable practical components, providing you with opportunities to apply your learned theories and practices, further enhancing your skills and expertise and better preparing you for real world situations.

To find out more about where the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

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