Diploma of Social Care

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K

The social care and community sector is a rapidly growing field offering a wide variety of employment options. Whether you are seeking a new career, or looking to build on your existing experience, this one-year course provides you with knowledge and skills for a range of community and human service roles. You will learn about working with individuals, groups and communities to help people access the care, support and services they need. You will also learn to locate and analyse key information to help you make practice decisions. As a graduate you will have the skills for employment in community work, residential care, support services, youth work and aged care. This course provides a direct pathway into the Bachelor of Social Work degree at Charles Darwin University, with full credit for the first year of study.


The Diploma of Social Care comprises six core units and two specialist electives. Core units include communication skills, dynamics of group work, Indigenous contemporary perspectives, introduction of human services, academic literacies, cultural intelligence and capability. This diploma is offered on campus as well as externally online by distance education.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore Units(6 units)60cp Compulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below.  HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion SWK101 Introduction to Human Services SWK102 Communication Skills IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work Specialist Elective(2 units)20cpSpecialist Elective Units totalling 20 credit points selected from the following specialist elective streams:  PSY140 Psychology A SWK103 Social Work Skills A SWK201 Human Service Organisations AOD201 Alcohol and Other Drugs PSY202 Developmental Psychology 80cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.Course Changes - 2021HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction has replaced HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health from 2021. Students have completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.


  • Health and Medicine, Society and Welfare Studies

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $25,832 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
CDU Online International: $25,832 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

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