Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support (Z0C)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

See entry requirements

Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Online
Semester 1, Semester 2

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

"The Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support has provided me with an added professional edge to my new role in consumer representation, honing my skills for industry specific interviews, designing business models and pitches for quality and safety in healthcare, and report writing. My experience with this course has boosted my confidence to further my education and pursue my dream career.”

– Graduate, Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support
The Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support provides a contemporary foundation for working in the social and community services sector.

Working with industry experts, this course has been designed to build the core skills, capabilities and practices required to meet consumer, community and workforce needs, including self-awareness, resilience, advocacy, working in enabling and empowering ways, and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Reflecting on your own values and beliefs, you will expand your awareness of self and others and develop the understanding, skills and relationships required to provide quality, person-centred support.

You will explore current trends, changes and challenges in the sector and apply principles of continuous quality improvement to achieve positive outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

The curriculum focuses on applied learning opportunities, where you will engage with sector leaders, service consumers, organisations and communities to explore and respond to real-world issues. Via interviews, scenarios, case-studies, discussions and a virtual community, you will practice applying your skills and understanding to real-world contexts. This course is suited to people interested in pursuing a career in community support; those already working in the social and community service sectors looking to upskill, as well as school leavers interested in starting an exciting new career in the sector.

Once you have completed the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support, if you wish to continue with further study, you can enter into the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support

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  • 1 Engage in strength-based collaborations with individuals, families, service providers and communities to create a foundation for community service practice and promote positive community support outcomes
  • 2 Apply community support principles and practices to diverse situations and contexts
  • 3 Use reflection, communication and problem-solving skills to guide planning, decision-making, service delivery and quality improvement in community support systems and services.
  • Practice-based, experiential learning and portfolio development is a key component of the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support. In order to develop key transferable practitioner skills, you will be exposed to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop your understanding of work and the workplace. The work-based components will be tailored to individual student circumstances.

    If you are currently employed, you will be encouraged to apply and complete relevant assessments within your work environment. If you don't have access to a relevant work environment, you will be provided with authentic simulated experiences.

    You will be introduced to:

    1. Different methods of and approaches to practice;
    2. How issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership are reflected in the workplace and;
    3. The role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing workplace-based knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

    Career outcomes

    The Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support is a great starting point for those interested in a career in the community sector with or without prior experience. You’ll be building the foundations for a fulfilling career providing care, help and support to people from all walks of life.

    The Community Services industry is one of the largest industry areas in Australia and is projected to continue to grow over the next few years as job demands increase*. Potential career opportunities exist in the voluntary, private, not-for-profit, non-government and/or government sectors in health and community services. Roles include team leaders, coordinators, supervisors, service managers, coaches, service navigators, and community development/engagement officers.

    If you complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support and wish to continue further study, you can transition into further study, with credit towards an Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support.

    *Health Care and Social Assistance, employment projections to May 2024, Department of Employment 2020, Employment Projections.

    Course structure

    Completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support requires 50 credit points including:

    ZAC101

    and a choice of three units from the list

    ZPP101, ZAC102, ZAC103, ZAC105, ZAC106

    If you are commencing the course in Semester 2 and studying part-time, the recommended unit sequence is to enrol in elective units in Semester 2 and ZAC101 and one remaining elective in Semester 1 of the following year

    In this unit you will consider how individuals, families and communities understand and experience health and wellbeing. Barriers and enablers of health and wellbeing will be explored, with emphasis placed on vulnerable, marginalised and isolated population groups. You will examine…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit, you will explore and compare different models of service design articulation and delivery and how they influence health and wellbeing outcomes for diverse population groups. With a focus on rights, self-determination and strengths-based approaches, you will investigate…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will introduce you to the way in which health and community services are organised, integrated, funded and governed in Australia. This unit is contextualised to reforms in Australia's health and community services system, emphasising a shift in focus…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will introduce you to the quality, safety and regulatory systems that govern service delivery, reporting and accreditation. Principles, policies, standards and guidelines will be considered in the context of the individual, the consumer and the organisation. A cycle…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit provides you with opportunities to develop various work-ready, transferable, and professional skills and attributes that are highly sought out by employers. In addition, it allows you to explore contemporary strategies and approaches that are often used in day…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    This unit will situate ‘the individual’ in the context of person, family and their extended network of support. You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own values, beliefs and self-care needs, and that of others, in order to broaden…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    Applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years) This course does not use ATAR as part of the admission process. To be an eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification. Applicants with previous higher education study To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed at least two units of study (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) at Associate Degree level or higher at any Australian higher education provider If an applicant has failed any units, the application may be subject to further review before an offer is made. Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed Certificate III or above. Applications on the basis of work or life experience This course accepts applications based on work or life experience. Applicants who have not completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but who have relevant work and life experience can complete a personal competency statement. Enrolment Restrictions Students enrolling in this course must complete by the end of 2021. This course will not be offered after this time. Students who have not completed the course by the end of 2021 will be supported to find an alternative course to transfer into.

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution may be credited towards the undergraduate certificate and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the undergraduate certificate. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits stated in the Student Participation and Attainment Ordinance.

    Students completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Support will receive advanced standing for four 12.5 credit point units of the Associate Degree in Applied Health and Community Support

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    How can we help?

    Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

    Domestic
    1300 363 864
    International
    +61 3 6226 6200
    Email
    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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