Courses & Units

Course rules for R5C Graduate Certificate in Human Services Practice


1. Candidates for the award of Graduate Certificate in Human Services Practice shall be qualified for entry if they meet the eligibility requirements for entry into the achelor of Arts with Professional Honours [specialisation: Human Services Practices]. This is an exit award.

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours:

  • must have qualified for admission to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, or another approved Bachelor degree, in this University or another approved tertiary institution;
  • if a candidate from another approved tertiary institution, must have qualified for admission to a fourth year honours course in the proposed discipline of study or a cognate discipline;
  • are required by College to have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or better in the 200 and 300 level units forming a major in that discipline. Currently, the GPA is calculated on the basis of a HD=7, DN=6, CR=5, PP=4, without any failure in the units that makes up that GPA, for the units at 200 and 300 level in the proposed discipline or otherwise approved by the program director;
  • if undertaking a combined honours program, should qualify for entry in both disciplines to be studied;
  • should consult the following schedule for full details of discipline offerings as some disciplines prescribe additional units and a standard in the major higher than the Faculty minimum GPA for entry to their honours program. Exemptions regarding entry requirements may be made at the discretion of the Head of the relevant School in consultation with the Honours Coordinator and the Program Director.

2. Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Human Services Practice shall complete the Graduate Certificate requirements, as hereinafter prescribed, in not less than 1 year part time study and not more than 2 years, from the time of first enrolment.

Course Structure

3. To qualify for the Graduate Certificate, the candidate shall: pass units at 50% comprising:

(a) at least one of the compulsory core units HGW415 Professional Communication in Human Services or HGW416 Contemporary Human Services in Context from the schedule for the BA Honours Professional - Social Science [Human Services Practice]; and

(b) elective units listed in the Human Services Practice stream.

4. The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the Dean, be in accordance with Schedule accompanying these specifications.

5. Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the College of Arts, Law and Education and as summarised in the Schedule.

6. A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 50% weighting or if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given Semester, totalling more than 25% weighting.

7. Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

8. In every case the candidate's choice of units and the order in which they are taken shall be subject to approval by the Dean in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 3. Credit for Previous Studies.

9. Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the degree, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


10. The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the Schedules to these specifications.

11. These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2014 and shall apply to all candidates eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Human Services Practice from the BA with Professional Honours [Human Services Practice ] in 2014 and subsequently.

12. The approved abbreviation for the award of the Graduate Certificate in Human Services Practice shall be GradCertHumServPrac.