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OR VET qualification
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
From 2018, this program will be available to new students at the Logan campus and via Distance Education only.
Continuing students in the Gold Coast offering will be able to complete their program at that campus.
You will learn in a personal atmosphere through hands-on experience and from experts with strong links to the health sector, government and community.
You will study processes and structures related to providing services in specialist areas such as childcare, education, welfare, development and learning, family studies and child protection, and learn about ethics in child and family services.
You will undertake professional practice placements in your second and third year, for which you must be available five working days each week.
The Advanced Diploma pathway is designed for students who have previously completed an Advanced Diploma in Children's Services, an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management or an Advanced Diploma in Community Services Work and have at least two years industry experience in the early childhood or related sectors. This pathway recognises a student's prior learning and provides a pathway to a Bachelor degree qualification.
All the courses are completed online and there are two intakes available each year.
Students who complete this pathway and are awarded the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies may be eligible for admission to the Master of Teaching Primary. Upon completion of the Master of Teaching Primary, students will be eligible for teacher registration in Queensland and will be able to undertake the role of pedagogical leader in child care centres in Australia.
Honours is available for this degree through an additional year of study.
There are two modes of study for this program.
As a full-time on-campus student, you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week. The program includes three professional placements in Year 2 and 3 (100 days total) for which you must be available five working days each week. Some of the courses in this program are run in trimester 3 or in an intensive block format. It is important to check course profiles and your timetable carefully to ensure that all course requirements are fully understood.
Students enrolling at the Gold Coast campus should note that the following core courses are only offered at Logan campus or online:
This program includes one core course in trimester 3 and offers some possibilities for elective courses in trimester 2.
Students can enrol in the Distance Education offering of the program and will be able to complete the program off-campus by distance learning via our online learning management system with the exception of three compulsory five-day face-to-face intensive on-campus courses.
As a full-time Distance Education student, you will study online which may include online coursework, readings, research, discussions and other course related study. You should check the minimum computer specifications for studying online and complete the short self-assessment test "Are you ready to study online?" (which can be found on the New students website) before considering applying for the Distance Education offering of this program.
Your compulsory attendance is in the form of one five-day intensive course per year held at the Gold Coast campus as follows:
Domestic students studying off-shore outside Australia will be required to attend the compulsory face-to-face intensives on-campus in Australia as part of designated courses in accordance with professional accreditation requirements.
To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.
Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.
Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.
The 80 credit points of courses in this pathway are available only in off-campus online mode.
Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life. In this program you will spend 100 days in the work/professional environment.
On-campus students: Some placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Logan/Gold Coast areas.
Distance Education students: Placements will be negotiated accordingly.
You will be qualified to lead child and family programs in the early years' health and community services sector. You will also be qualified for positions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, child and family welfare, child protection and child safety services, community-based organisations, community development, family support services, foster care services, services for women, welfare organisations, and policy and research.
The on-campus offering of the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). ACWA accreditation for the distance education offering of this program is currently being sought.
Graduates of the on-campus offering of this program will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the ACWA. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the ACWA to confirm registration requirements.
There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.
If you are living in a remote or rural area, you may be expected to travel to a professional placement and this may also incur accommodation and living expenses to you. A Griffith University Placement Officer will work with you to find a suitable local placement however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Domestic students studying off-shore outside Australia can complete the placement (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.
Students who complete the first phase of this pathway will be awarded the Bachelor of Child and Family Studies. These students may then be eligible to apply for entry to the Master of Teaching Primary.
Additionally as is the case with all Bachelor of Child and Family Studies students, these students will be eligible for entry into the Master of Human Services and the Master of Social Work.
These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
|Year of study||Fee category/Band||Fee per CP||Tuition fee 80cp|
|2020||Fee Band 27.5||$343.75||$27,500.00|
|2019||Fee Band 26.5||$331.25||$26,500.00|
Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.