CL78 - Graduate Diploma of Gerontology

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Course Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Gerontology will progress your skills as a health professional responding to the growing challenges of a diverse ageing population. You will develop insight into the health of the older person, as well as leadership skills, by participating in new paradigms of thinking. You will acquire practical skills and research capabilities using interdisciplinary perspectives and ageing theories that can be applied across health care contexts and cultures.

This course provides a strengths-based and holistic view of the older person and the ageing process. Rather than focusing on frailty and disease, you will study the physical, mental and social aspects and implications of ageing. You will explore the determinants of healthy ageing as well as the various challenges faced by the older population. This course offers an innovative, multidisciplinary variety of core and elective units and a curriculum that is fully responsive to the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (2018). Attention is given to the agency of the older person, complex care needs including dementia and cognitive decline, polypharmacy and safety issues, governmental policies, standards of care and accreditation requirements.

The course is relevant to a wide range of professionals including nurses, allied health professionals, administrators and managers.

Career Information

A Graduate Diploma of Gerontology will prepare you to work in all government and non-government older person's health and aged care organisations.

Course Details
Duration 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) GradDipGerontology
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021


Term 1 - 2021


Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020

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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

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Term 2 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2020

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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

• A completed 3 year Australian Bachelor degree, or Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent qualification, in a health-related discipline from a recognised tertiary institution; or

• A minimum of 3 years employment experience as a health professional in the aged care sector.

Employment experience should be in the form of a letter of employment and must be presented on a company letterhead as well as signed and dated by a delegated authority.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

• A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

• Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0 completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

• An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 for Reading and Writing and 5.5 for Speaking and Listening, or

• An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Advanced Standing

The following applicants may be eligible for a shorter course duration:

• Applicants with a Graduate Certificate in a health-related discipline.

Security Requirements


Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed a health-related degree.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL79 - Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Exit Awards CL79 - Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
Professional Accreditation
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 1
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour
Behavioural Stability
Legal Compliance
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)
Relational Skills
Reflective Skills
Sustainable Performance
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)
Interpersonal Engagement
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Explore the complexity of issues associated with working with older people, and the impact this has on planning and delivery of health care in various settings.
  • 2. Analyse the biopsychosocial opportunities and challenges of ageing that impact on the care of older people.
  • 3. Determine and evaluate strategies and interventions to strengthen an older person's agency.
  • 4. Evaluate policies which impact on the professional, governance, organisational and political context of aged care.
  • 5. Analyse the impact of stereotyping and ageism, particularly as it relates to the wellbeing of older people and organisational culture.
  • 6. Reflect on the process of ageing as it relates to a culturally diverse population, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

This course comprises 8 units. There are 4 compulsory units and 4 electives. The electives may only be selected from the units listed.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH28001 Polypharmacy and Safety Issues
HAGE20001 Contemporary Approaches to Gerontological Care
DCHA20003 Cognitive and Sensory Changes and Age
NURS20165 Leadership in Healthcare
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.