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Undergraduate Certificate of Child and Family Studies

Undergraduate Certificate of Child and Family Studies (UCCF)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • Online
  • -
  • 0.5 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, May


  • The Undergraduate Certificate of Child and Family Studies gives you an entry point to working with children and their families.
  • It focuses on developing your knowledge of underpinning theory and practices to support wellbeing, and manage emotional and behavioural problems.

Further study

This certificate can provide an entry point and four units of credit towards the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) or Bachelor of Education (Primary), which provides graduates with a qualification for teaching students in a classroom school settings. It can also give you credits towards  the Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies or the Bachelor of Human Services.

Entry requirements


To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

  • Admission into this short program is available to eligible Commonwealth Support applicants, who are aged 17 years or over. 


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this certificate, students must complete 4 courses.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
Total 4

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for an example of courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your study (4 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 5190

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2025  Monday 10 February Monday 3 February  Monday 10 February  Friday 9 May
Trimester 2, 2025 Monday 26 May Monday 19 May Monday 26 May  Friday 22 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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What are the entry requirements and pathways to entry?

At UniSQ, to gain entry into our Undergraduate Certificate of Child and Family Studies you need to meet specific pre-requisites and assumed knowledge requirements. ‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree.

For more information on entry requirements, please view the entry requirements section of this page.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we have a Tertiary Preparation Pathway program available to study.

Do you still have questions? Get in touch with one of our iConnect support staff to talk through your options. 

Can I study an Undergraduate Certificate of Child and Family Studies online?

Yes! At UniSQ you can study child and family studies online. You can choose to study full-time or part-time, allowing you to balance study with your work and life commitments.

Work towards your undergraduate qualification at your own place with our flexible online study learning options. 

Can a child and family studies certificate be credited towards further study?

Continue to enhance your newfound knowledge and use your Undergraduate Certificate of Child and Family Studies qualification as a stepping-stone into further studies including: