Graduate Certificate in Ageing

University of Divinity

Course details

Level of study: Postgraduate


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:

have a detailed understanding of the ageing profile of the Australian population;

have an understanding of the theological, spiritual, pastoral care, and ethical dimensions of human ageing in our Australian context;

have the skills to evaluate critically contemporary approaches to ageing and the care of aged persons;

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;

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

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
8,196 Per Year
Read more2,732 per standard unit; Application fee: 300
25 Jul 2022
27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
6 months
Read more6 Months full time

Self study / online (without attendance)
University of Divinity
21 Highbury Grove
Melbourne Victoria 3101

Entry criteria

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

  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) score of at least 6.5 with no individual band under 6.0.
  • a written Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL Academic) score of 550 with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of at least 4.5.
  • an internet-based TOEFL score of 79 with no less than 21 for Writing, 12 for Listening, 13 for Reading, 18 for Speaking.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) overall score of at least 58 and all PTE communicative skills scores of at least 50.
  • equivalent results in an English language test approved by the Academic Board


University of Divinity
21 Highbury Grove
Melbourne Victoria 3101
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