Graduate Certificate in Ageing

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study

  • If residing in Australia the student will be classified as ‘On-Shore’. The student will require a visa to study.
  • If residing overseas the student will be classified as ‘Off-Shore’. The student does not require a visa to study.

Student Visa 500

  • A visa granted to non-Australian/New Zealand citizens residing and studying in Australia full-time.
  • Course of study must be CRICOS registered.
  • Cannot study more than 1/3 of course online.


The Graduate Certificate in Ageing allows students to engage in focused learning which will assist them to undertake pastoral care roles in residential and community settings especially in church sponsored aged care facilities. Graduates will be able to articulate insights from a theological and ecclesial understandings of pastoral care.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Ageing:

  1. have a detailed understanding of the ageing profile of the Australian population;
  2. have an understanding of the theological, spiritual, pastoral care, and ethical dimensions of human ageing in our Australian context;
  3. have the skills to evaluate critically contemporary approaches to ageing and the care of aged persons;
  4. apply the skills necessary to develop, implement, and evaluate pastoral strategies for care of ageing persons in diverse community settings and in a religiously pluralist social context;
  5. apply understanding and skills to articulate and implement a pastoral care strategy that is attentive to the religious, spiritual, ethical, and pastoral care needs of ageing persons.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Ageing consists of 72 points comprised of:

  • DT9631C Ageing Persons and Pastoral Care
  • DT8632C Human Ageing: Theological and Spiritual Perspectives
  • DT9633C Ethical Issues and Human Ageing

Colleges where this course is available

  • Catholic Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Catholic Theological College
    Online mode
    East Melbourne VIC


    The standard full-time duration of the Graduate Certificate in Ageing is six months. The Graduate Certificate in Ageing must be completed in not less than six months and not more than two years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 6 months
    Maximum part-time 2 years

    Admission criteria

    Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

    Fee summary

    The Graduate Certificate in Ageing requires completion of 3 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2021 are $2,640 per unit or $7,920 for a full-time semester (3 units).

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

    Enquire about this course

    • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.