Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Launceston campus
Hobart campus


Term 1 (February 2020) and Term 3 (July 2020)


The Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support was designed following extensive consultation with the health, social and community service sectors. The course is suited to those looking to begin a rewarding career, or those seeking to accelerate their careers in health, disability, mental health, aged care or community services.

You will learn the knowledge and skills required to support the delivery of quality health and community services, as well as contemporary skills in leadership, management and communication that are key to professional development and organisational success. You will also choose from a range of electives in health, wellbeing, business and community development so that you can tailor your qualification to areas of interest.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of applied learning experiences, including work-integrated learning, simulated work conditions and case studies. In doing so, you will develop work-ready skills, as well as an e-portfolio for future career planning.

This course is suited to school leavers pursuing a career in the health, social or community service sectors or those seeking an alternative career choice in health, disability, mental health, aged care or community services. Individuals with vocational qualifications or relevant experience in the health, social or community service sectors may undertake the course to upskill into roles with additional functional requirements and higher levels of responsibility, and/or to acquire a formal University qualification.

Graduate attributes and course outcomes

The Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support will build your capacity to relate to, engage with, and support people in a multitude of ways. The graduate attributes image below represents the spectrum of roles and relationships that will be explored and developed, starting with ‘self’ and the individuals and families you support, and building over the duration of the course to consider broader engagement with communities, service providers and governing bodies. The primary outcomes of the course are to support you to: empower people and families to live well, and to build healthy and inclusive communities.

Program structure

Full Associate Degree Course Structure (Click to expand)
Full-Time (2 Years)
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Year 1 ZAC101

Respecting the individual and their context

Principles of individualised support

Health and community services in Australia

Business principles and practices in health and community services

Exploring health and wellbeing

Applying health and wellbeing in practice

Quality systems and practice in health and community services

Leading and managing people and teams
Year 2 ZAC201

Engaging communities in health and wellbeing

Organising for change and sustainability

Applied health and community support project

Empowering your career in health and community services
Elective 1

ZAC209 – Building cultural capability in health and community services

ZAA236 – Managing events

ZAC200 – Negotiated Study in Health and Community Services
Elective 2

ZAC206 – Physical health and wellbeing

ZAA232 – Business planning

ZAA238 - Leisure planning

ZAC200 – Negotiated Study in Health and Community Services
Elective 3

ZAC207 – Complex challenges to mental health and wellbeing

ZAA233 – Managing projects

ZAC200 – Negotiated Study in Health and Community Services
Elective 4

ZAC208 - Contemporary disability practice

ZAA234 – Entrepreneurial and Innovative Thinking

ZAC200 – Negotiated Study in Health and Community Services

Note: Additional elective units to be added to suite of options in 2020


Students that apply for this course will be enrolled in the following first year discipline subjects:

Timetables for this course may be found on the timetable page.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.  The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

Career Options

The career possibilities are many and varied. Below are a few examples within health, disability, mental health, aged care and community services.

2020 indicative costs

As a domestic student, you are eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at University and thus your course costs can be fully deferred (no payment required up front). See this website for details.

Need help applying?

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your University College application, please phone 1800 788 244 during business hours.

We also have more information on our Need help applying page.

Apply for Credit

You may be eligible for credit towards the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support in recognition of any prior learning, qualifications or experience. For this to be considered, you need to tell us about your previous learning or experience so that we can individually assess the extent to which this meets the learning outcomes of the Associate Degree.

There are two ways to apply for credit:

  1. You may apply for credit as part of your initial application for enrolment in the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support. Please follow the apply now link for this option.
  2. If you have not yet applied for the course (and would like more information about credits in advance);
    Or you have already completed your enrolment;
    Or you have identified possible credits as you progress through the course;

    You can download and complete the Credit Application form at any time, and submit it separately as per the instructions on the form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an Associate Degree shorter than a Bachelor degree?

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three or more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

What makes University College Associate Degrees different to traditional university courses?

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects or activities (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

Rather than studying during traditional university semester teaching periods, our Associate Degrees are studied over 40 weeks per year (10 weeks per term), aligning with the Tasmanian school terms.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Who is likely to study an Associate Degree?

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.
Where do Associate Degree students study?

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

Do I need to sit exams?

Not in the first year, as our assessments are built into the course content throughout the term. If you choose to undertake the articulation into a bachelor pathway in year 2 of you Associate Degree, you may be required to sit some exams, dependant on the units you are studying. Students who do not undertake this pathway will not sit exams.

What if I don’t want to continue studying after the first year?

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

What kind of hands-on learning experience will I have?

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live and virtual case studies, real-world business or practice examples, field work, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry and community workshops, projects and internships.

Will I receive credit towards a Bachelor degree?

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.


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