Graduate Diploma of Applied Social Science

This dynamic course develops your communication skills and equips you to help others in a professional and ethical manner. This course is overseen by Program Director Dr Rebecca Loundar.

Course Description

Do you desire to help communities and impact individuals? Or maybe you gain a sense of fulfillment when you comfort a loved one in need? The Graduate Diploma of Applied Social Science is made for you.

Our two-year course (Course Structure 1, below) is for people interested in a career change to Counselling. The course is designed to equip students in their development as a Counsellor.

Our one-year course (Course Structure 2, below) is designed to provide Bachelor of Social Science graduates with the opportunity to continue the development of their knowledge and skills, based on their professional needs within the field of applied social science.

Students will be trained by exceptional academics and leaders from the industry who will support and encourage them in their studies. At the completion of this study, graduates are able to apply for membership with relevant accreditation bodies.

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Course Structure

Course Structure 1

The course structure is based on two semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus a study week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 8 subjects AQF 7 bridge which students who cannot demonstrate equivalency must complete (80 credit points)
  • 8 compulsory core subjects (80 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Graduate Diploma of Applied Social Science a candidate shall complete at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

Course Structure 2

The course structure is based on two semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus a study week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 4 compulsory core subjects  (40 credit points)
  • 4 elective subjects (40 credit points)              

To qualify for award of the degree of Graduate Diploma of Applied Social Science a candidate shall complete at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Subjects

Subject code Subject name Subject description
Course Structure 1 / Required Undergraduate Entry Bridge
SSC104 Skills for Counselling

On successfully completing this subject, you will be able t…

SSC102 Case Management

This subject will prepare you for working within the human …

SSC204 Grief and Loss

This is a second-year core subject that builds on Skills fo…

SSC206 Mental Health

This subject will help students recognise signs of mental h…

SSC101 Psychology of Emotion

This is a first year Applied Social Science core subject th…

SSC203 Introduction To Psychology

This subject provides a basic overview of the nature, scope…

SSC202 Counselling Frameworks

This subject builds on the foundations of Skills for Counse…

SSE201 Applied Counselling Theories A

This subject will trace the development of current counsell…

SSE202 Applied Counselling Theories B

This subject will trace the development of current counsell…

Course Structure 1 / Core
EXP450 Practicum A

This subject provides an intensive learning experience in p…

EXP550 Practicum B

This subject provides an intensive learning experience in p…

RES401 Postgraduate Research and Writing

New to higher education studies & it all seems too hard…

SSC401 Professional Considerations

This subject looks at the legislative framework of human se…

SSC408 Professional Accountability

This subject will provide classroom support for you while o…

SSC502 Principles of Trauma Work

This subject allows the class to examine the complex issues…

SSC506 Relationship Work

This subject draw on knowledge from previous subjects and p…

THE401 Christian Worldview

Do you have questions about God that you have been unable t…

Course Structure 2 / Core
RES401 Postgraduate Research and Writing

New to higher education studies & it all seems too hard…

THE401 Christian Worldview

Do you have questions about God that you have been unable t…

EXP450 Practicum A

This subject provides an intensive learning experience in p…

Course Structure 2 / Choose one of the following
EXP550 Practicum B

This subject provides an intensive learning experience in p…

SSC408 Professional Accountability

This subject will provide classroom support for you while o…

Course Structure 2 / Choose four of the following electives
EXP505 Aged Care
EXP506 Justice Frameworks
SSC402 Case Management

This subject will prepare you for working within the human …

SSC403 Psychology of Emotion

This is a first year Applied Social Science core subject th…

SSC404 Grief and Loss

This is a second-year core subject that builds on Skills fo…

SSC405 Skills for Counselling

On successfully completing this subject, you will be able t…

SSC406 Reflective Counselling

This subject is aimed at giving you experience and reflecti…

SSC408 Professional Accountability

This subject will provide classroom support for you while o…

SSC501 Human Lifespan Development

This subject will introduce you to the developmental proces…

SSC502 Principles of Trauma Work

This subject allows the class to examine the complex issues…

SSC503 Introduction to Psychology

This subject provides a basic overview of the nature, scope…

SSC504 Counselling Frameworks

This subject builds on the foundations of Skills for Counse…

SSC505 Social Identity In Australia

This subject will provide an introduction to understanding …

SSC506 Relationship Work

This subject draw on knowledge from previous subjects and p…

SSC508 Mental Health

This subject will help students recognise signs of mental h…

SSE407 Respecting Cultural Diversity
SSE501 Applied Counselling Theories A

This subject will trace the development of current counsell…

SSE502 Applied Counselling Theories B

This subject will trace the development of current counsell…

SSE503 Engaging Families

This subject will introduce a comprehensive, inclusive unde…

SSE504 Australian Aboriginal Studies

This subject introduces you to aspects of Aboriginal and To…

SSE505 Understanding Addictions

This subject aims to equip students to understand the issue…

SSE506 Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
SSE511 Basics of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

This subject aims to introduce students to the theory and p…

SSE513 Basics of Narrative Therapy
SSE514 Basics of Solution Focused Therapy

This subject introduces students to the methodology and pra…

SSE515 Basics of Creative Therapies
SSE517 Working with Children and Adolescents

This subject examines developmental, psychological and beha…

SSE521 Supervision of People Helpers
XXX587 Special Elective

This subject will reflect an exploration of this specialist…


Note: For Course Structure 1, choose either SSC101 Psychology of Emotion or SSC203 Introduction to Psychology to complete the required number of units as part of Required Undergraduate Entry Bridge .


For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admission Criteria

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Recent high school leavers are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification are not eligible for this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who have not completed any previous tertiary academic study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5. IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Essential Requirements for Admission

Working with Children Check

All students are required to complete the new Working with Children Check online before they will be allowed to participate in professional practice subjects. Students will be classified as a ‘volunteer’.

Pre-admission Interview and Statement of Intention

Students may be requested to submit a Statement of Intention as part of their application for admission into this course. In addition, a pre-admission interview may also be conducted.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-face, online**

Locations: Sydney, Brisbane*, Perth*, Hobart

Duration: 1-2 years full-time/Up to 8 years part-time

Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

*Limited subjects offered

** Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements

Fees & Timetables

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

  • Deepen their knowledge of counselling theory and practice in order to operate as an independent professional within their chosen profession.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to manage the self-care, professional conduct and currency of both themselves and those under their leadership

Skills:

  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge pertaining to the social sciences and counselling and their integration.
  • Be responsible and accountable for their own learning and practice
  • Think more critically, generate and creatively evaluate complex ideas.
  • Operate professionally at a more highly skilled level
  • Effectively communicate understanding and complex knowledge to a variety of audiences.
  • Plan, supervise and evaluate the work of others.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

  • Self-awareness and the ability to be self-evaluative
  • Self-care, professional conduct and the need to keep current in their field
  • Self organisation and well-developed judgement and adaptability
  • Those attributes that prepare them for membership advancement in their chosen professional association
  • Interpersonal relationships with superiors and subordinates

Student Story

“I was studying the same degree at another university when the lecturer said that our worldview affects everything we do, especially in this job.  At that moment, I realised I needed to find a new place to learn that aligns with my worldview. After asking around, I found Alphacrucis and I have never looked back.”

Abigail Comafay,

Social Science student

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Work-Integrated Learning

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma of Applied Social Science, a candidate will complete at least 2 subjects (20 credit points) of Professional Practice. Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.

Professional Accreditation

At the completion of this study, graduates are able to apply for membership with relevant accreditation bodies. Students must have the appropriate police checks and/or approvals for working with children before they may undertake EXP subjects.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Course Codes

CRICOS Course Code: 093684G