The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
    Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
    Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
Mode of delivery



0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

UON program code: 12276

Study Family Studies

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Family Studies has been designed to enhance your theoretical and practical knowledge in core areas of family practice including family studies and cultural diversity, enabling you to address complex problems confronting families and their communities.

You will be armed with the fundamental educational foundation and knowledge and skills to ensure you succeed in your chosen field.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from industry professionals – you will have access to professionals working within the Family Action Centre who are actively engaged in the provision of family programs, research and policy advocacy, and can help you gain a true understanding of potential career paths.
  • Hands-on experience – you will have the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience which will prepare you for professional roles in real-world settings.
  • Enhance your career opportunities – apply the practical skills and knowledge that you acquire during your studies to advance your career in family service management, family program coordination or research and policy development in both private and public sectors.
  • Flexible study options – at the University of Newcastle you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.

Graduate Certificate in Family Studies professional student

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies offers fundamental education in family studies. You will complete one core course and a further three directed courses to enable you to tailor your studies to your interest areas.

You will apply your acquired knowledge and skills of a variety of methodological, practical and theoretical approaches to a range of professional, national and international contexts. You will understand family function and form across a diversity of family life and connect with the basic principles and intervention approaches for working with families in contemporary societies.

Key areas of study include:

  • Foundations in Family Studies
  • Engaging Families and Communities
  • Engaging Fathers in Family Work
  • Responding to Domestic and Family Violence
  • Applying a Trauma-Informed Approach in Family Work

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Graduates be qualified to effectively support and work with families including men and fathers in areas such as intergenerational trauma or family violence.

You will be prepared with the fundamental skills to deal with the complex issues that arise in varied family contexts, and work toward preventing as well as remediating problems whilst maintaining a commitment to improving overall quality of life. You will promote improved service delivery systems by addressing the quality of direct services, and by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies.

Possible career paths may include:

  • family service manager
  • family program coordinator
  • research and policy officer
  • family and relationship services practitioner
  • specialist family work roles in nursing, allied health, youth work, drug and alcohol, mental health, early childhood, education, law.