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 Associate Professor 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 Department 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). It comprises:

  • 20 credit points (2 subjects) of compulsory core subjects.
  • 20 credit points (2 subjects) of specified elective subjects.

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 31 December 2021.
Intakes: Semester 2, 2021 (full-time only)

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.

HECS-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study and Fees pages. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes


  • knowledge of fundamental issues and practices within the discipline area of community services from a Christian worldview;
  • technical and theoretical knowledge of the foundational concepts and methods used in the discipline area of community services;

Demonstrated ability to:

  • acquire thinking skills to identify and critically evaluate approaches to solving problems and meet practice requirements in the discipline area of community services;  
  • acquire personal and people skills necessary for communicating effectively ideas and proposing solutions to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;

Demonstrated ability to:

  • apply fundamental concepts and thinking skills to a range of situations in the discipline area of community services from a Christian worldview;
  • apply the knowledge and skills gained within the discipline area of community services to develop appropriate solutions to a range of issues;
  • apply personal and people skills to work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected in the discipline area of community services.

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 the Undergraduate Certificate in Community Services may find employment in a relevant occupational field, such as: chaplaincy positions; ministry or church-based organisations; 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.