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.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

The University of Newcastle recognises the value of informal learning gained through professional experience. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies program is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

 

Educational Qualification Number of years related experience
Advanced Diploma in a related field of study (including hospital trained nurses. Three
3 year Bachelor degree Zero

 

For the Graduate Certificate in Family Studies, related fields of study include but are not limited to Counselling, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Social Work, Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, Applied Science, Law, Social Science.

If you would like your professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered, please provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV, and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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Last year I completed a Graduate Certificate in Family Studies at the University of Newcastle. I studied via external mode and found the experience very worthwhile. The staff were extremely supportive and helpful. There are a lot of resources available and the study materials were comprehensive. I elected to focus on the units pertaining to fathers in service provision as I felt this was an under catered area of family support. I have been able to immediately apply this study in my role as Relationship Educator and it has improved my capacity to provide a more inclusive service to clients.
I would recommend the Graduate Certificate of Family Studies offered at the University of Newcastle to anyone working with families.

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