Undergraduate Certificate in Community Services

The Undergraduate Certificate in Community Services is a four-subject award designed to introduce students to aspects of psychology, counselling and social work. This Certificate can be completed in a single semester.

This course is overseen by Program Director Dr Rebecca Loundar.

Course Description

This short course includes two core subjects on the Psychology of Emotion and Skills for Counselling and a choice of electives subjects in Community Work, Case Management, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.

AC's Faculty of Social Sciences prepares students for careers in Counselling, Youth Work, Chaplaincy, Case Management, Pastoral Care, Social Welfare and Community Services.

This Undergraduate Certificate offers flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short undergraduate course before committing to a full Bachelor program. 


Course Structure

The course structure is based on one semester (13 weeks duration). 

To qualify for award of Undergraduate Certificate in Community Services a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 40 credit points.

Admission Criteria

Academic Entry Requirements

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

Applicants with recent high school education only will demonstrate completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification will 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

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.


If English is not the applicant’s first language or if their first degree was awarded in a non English speaking nation, they will be required to show proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent) with an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 6.5, with a score of not less than 6.0 in any of the four skill areas, or equivalent. 

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Online
Locations: Online
Duration: One semester full-time, or part-time with completion by December 2021.
Intakes: Semester 2

Fees & Timetable

Fee-Help information and a complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis 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 of key issues and practices within the discipline area;
  • knowledge of the general research principles and methods used in the discipline area;

Demonstrated ability to:

  • design and execute a research project which examines a problem or issue using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area;  
  • identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the discipline area;
  • communicate effectively ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of to develop appropriate solutions;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected in the discipline area;
  • design and implement a research project in the discipline area to advance personal and professional development.

Student Stories

“Completing my studies in Community Services has enabled me to have more confidence working in this field and developing programs to be effective and of a high standard. It has also brought increased credibility when attending community gatherings and interagencies as I am now seen by others working in these fields to be qualified for the work.”

Jill Whalan
Community Services Graduate


Career Opportunities

Graduates of these courses of study may find employment in business and professional organisations; chaplaincy positions; ministry or church-based organisations; community services positions; case management; not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations; as well as educational institutions that require skills in research and critical thinking.

Student Services

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


This course is not available to International Students.