Graduate Certificate in Ageing (Ethics and Pastoral Care)

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Certificate in Ageing (Ethics and Pastoral Care)






  • Catholic Theological College

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study mode

  • On campus

Study load

  • Part-time


The GradCertAgeing is one semester full-time and up to three semesters part-time.

Cost of study

The GradCertAgeing requires completion of 3 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2017 are $2286 per unit or $6858 for a full-time semester (3 units).

Detailed information

What is this course about

The Graduate Certificate in Ageing (Ethics and Pastoral Care) 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 learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Ageing (Ethics and Pastoral Care):

  1. have a detailed understanding of the ageing profile of the Australian population;
  2. have an understanding of the theological, spiritual, pastoral care, and ethical dimensions of human ageing in our Australian context;
  3. have the skills to evaluate critically contemporary approaches to ageing and the care of aged persons;
  4. 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;
  5. 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.

Follow on study


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2017 close on Friday 17 February 2017.
Admissions for second semester 2017 close on Friday 21 July 2017.

Eligibility requirements

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

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Ageing (Ethics and Pastoral Care) consists of 45 points comprised of:

  • DT9631C Ageing Persons and Pastoral Care
  • DT8632C Human Ageing: Theological and Spiritual Perspectives
  • DT9633C Ethical Issues and Human Ageing

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown


Black trencher




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