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Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies

Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies is designed to meet the needs of people working, or intending to work, with children, young people and their families. The Graduate Certificate also provides a pathway to the Master of Childhood and Youth Studies

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Analyse critically, reflect on, synthesise and evaluate information, problems, concepts and theories related to children, young people and their families

Apply knowledge of evaluation and research principles and methods to investigate issues and solve problems in community and workplace contexts


Demonstrate initiative by identifying innovative and creative responses to challenges, issues and opportunities for change in relation to the wellbeing, interests, development and rights of children and young people in society

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a highly developed commitment to social justice, human rights, ethics and sustainability in scholarship, research and professional practice

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate advanced and integrated theoretical and practical understanding of a complex body of knowledge related to Childhood Studies

Locate, evaluate, manage and use theory, information and data necessary fo effective evidence-based professional practice

Lifelong learning

Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes and plan and regulate ongoing personal and professional learning

Demonstrate autonomy, well developed judgement, adaptability, responsibility and accountability when responding to change in the workplace

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely, appropriately and professionally in an oral and written form in both an academic and professional settings

Demonstrate leadership and the capacity to work collaboratively with individuals and teams

Cultural competence

Engage in practices that are informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, global perspectives, inclusivity and respect for the rights of all persons

Studies include understanding and engaging with children and young people and the option to select two from topics children’s rights, promoting children’s protection and participation, children and the law and strengthening young people’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Online Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units comprising:
    1. All units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. Two units from Part B of the Schedule;
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for the Master of Childhood and Youth Studies has completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Childhood and Youth Studies may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Master’s award.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Contact the School of Education for this course progression.

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

CYS03340 Understanding Children and Childhood Introductory
CYS03341 Engaging with Children and Young People Introductory

Part B

CYS03342 Children's Rights: Policy into Practice Intermediate
CYS03343 Promoting Children's Protection and Participation Intermediate
CYS03344 Children and the Law Intermediate
CYS03345 Strengthening Young People's Social and Emotional Wellbeing Intermediate