Graduate Diploma in Disability

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Disability at UNE?

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is relevant to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). It is designed for support workers and others employed by organisations that are delivering disability services, those seeking such employment, and students interested in the field of disability management. Students will study clinical and neurobiological issues in disability management and NDIS business management. In addition, students will complete an in-depth study of disability management, addressing either one or all of the selected areas (i.e. clinical, business issues) and will be required to present a major report together with 120 hours of supervised professional activity which will be undertaken through the unit WORK500. Graduates will be well prepared for the roll-out of the NDIS and the anticipated demand for new, client-driven services and supports arising from the scheme.

Students also have the opportunity to pursue further study in order to focus on one aspect of service-delivery and management of people with disabilities or to cover a mix of all aspects.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be qualified for employment in organisations providing disability services.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

Up to 4 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2020 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online

Official Abbreviation GradDipDis
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Location Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Course Duration
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
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Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Disability from UNE; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a relevant discipline*; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in a non-relevant discipline and at least one year of full-time equivalent experience in an area of service provision**.

Applicants admitted under Rule (b) and (c) must submit a Statement of Service from their employer.

*Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to:

Business

Management

Law

Social Work

Education

Psychology

Medicine

Health

Other similar disciplines as determined by the course coordinator.

**Service provision can refer to any aspect of provision of services to people with or without disability and will be determined by the course coordinator.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) shall be granted a maximum of 24 credit points Specified Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) or (c) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing. The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 24 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by UNE and approved for the course.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Graduate Diploma in Disability, 2020, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

The Graduate Diploma in Disability is designed for employees in organisations that are delivering disability services, those seeking such employment, and those interested in the field of disability management. It will enable students to enhance their competencies in areas critical to the delivery of disability services. The course will produce graduates with a specialised knowledge of disability management including clinical knowledge and practice, business and management encompassing the delivery of disability services.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate through their own study and practice, advanced knowledge of disability management including: clinical knowledge and practice, business and management encompassing the broad context of health, family, and community services, in order to be an effective clinical practitioner and business manager;
  2. utilise advanced cognitive and communication skills, tools, and digital technologies to communicate appropriately and persuasively with a range of stakeholders;
  3. exhibit an established ability to use creativity and judgement in analysing problems and to work independently and collaboratively with others to generate solutions to problems;
  4. apply advanced skills and judgement in utilising information drawn from a range of sources;
  5. demonstrate and apply an advanced ability to critically evaluate and formulate responses to social, cultural and ethical issues that emerge in disability management; and
  6. practise preparedness to pursue a specialised knowledge and understanding to enhance professional skills.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will have an enhanced knowledge of disability management/care/services through the learning and teaching activities associated with each unit and interaction with the unit coordinators, lecturers and tutors, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, online activities and discussion board. Students will be assessed using assignments; individual and group project reports; and written examinations.

Communication Skills

Graduates will have advanced cognitive and communication skills acquired through written assignments and reports, oral presentations and participation in online activities and discussion board.

Problem Solving

Graduates will have well-developed problem solving skills in all aspects of disability management/care/services. All units teach and assess problem solving skills.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies. Students are required to demonstrate information literacy in assessment tasks for all units.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will have an in-depth understanding of the social, cultural and ethical issues related to the provision of disability services. Social responsibility and professional practice is embedded in the course content.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will have the fundamental skills required to supplement their knowledge and to keep abreast of any changes in the provision of disability services. This will be taught and practised in most units.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates are able to apply their skills and knowledge individually and as part of collaborative teams. They are able to work with intellectual independence, and to collaborate with colleagues and clients. Working in a group environment is an essential component of the course and in provision of disability services. To develop these skills, some units require students to work in groups and provide guidance and assessment on group work.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

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