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January, April, June, September

1 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

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Degree overview

  • Use your qualification as a pathway into UniSA bachelor degrees in health, nursing, social sciences or a range of allied health fields.
  • Study a degree that has been developed in collaboration with leading aged care providers.
  • Learn course content that has been mapped to relevant standards which include the Aged Care Quality Standards and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.
  • Take a holistic approach to aged care and build a combination of high-level care and lifestyle support skills that employers are seeking.
  • Retrain for jobs in a national priority area and leave with the knowledge to transition into the aged care workforce.



Study On Demand – this is a 100% online aged care qualification designed specifically for online learning. With UniSA Online, you can take full control over your study, access support seven days a week, plan your study to fit around your life, view learning resources 24/7, and log into the interactive online environment anywhere, any time and on any device.

The Diploma in Aged Care qualification takes just twelve months to complete and is an opportunity to start your career or upskill in one of Australia's fastest-growing sectors.

The program offers a pathway into UniSA if you don’t meet the direct entry requirements for the degree you wish to study. Depending on your area of interest, you could go on to study a range of bachelor degrees in health, nursing, or any other allied health areas.

Both the Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care and the Diploma in Aged Care have been developed in collaboration with leading aged care providers. Study course content that has been mapped to relevant standards which include the Aged Care Quality Standards and the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your diploma, you’ll complete eight courses covering a diverse range of topics.

Study a range of topics including first aid, CPR, manual handling and infection control. Learn to communicate effectively in order to care for people with dementia. Understand diversity and cultural safety as well as the importance of reporting and escalating issues that may arise when working with clients. Learn to develop a meaningful program of activity for older people that supports participation and engagement and improves their health and wellbeing.

Explore how mental health issues impact a person’s behaviour and learn strategies to facilitate engagement in activities. Build your knowledge of goal setting and action plans to reinforce the practice of healthy activities. Learn the roles and responsibilities that different team members play and in turn, enhance your teamwork and collaboration skills.

Your qualification will prepare you to transition into the aged care workforce. Learn about workplace practices, standards and expectations, and supervisory practices. Come out with the skills to develop your professional network and strategies for seeking employment in aged care.

Note: students who study the first four courses can exit with an Undergraduate Certificate in Aged Care.

Study hours

Studying 100% online means you can engage with course materials at your own pace, whenever it suits you – there is no need to be online at a particular time. It’s flexible around your life so you can control your study schedule week by week. As a general rule, we recommend 10 to 15 hours of study a week for each course.



All assessments, including exams (if required) are 100% online, meaning you’ll never need to travel to submit an assignment or find an exam venue.

Some of your assessments may include:

  • an industry-relevant project
  • an online presentation
  • essays and reports

Degree structure

Study Aged Care on Demand

Watch Dr. Ysabella Van Sebille give an insight into what the Aged Care program is about, and how the program has been designed to suit busy adults on the go.

UniSA Video

Why Diploma in Aged Care

Why this Degree

When you complete your studies, you'll have the knowledge employers demand and will be ready to start seeking employment in an aged care support role. When you enter the industry, you’ll be able to continue your learning and build on your capabilities that help support residents or clients reach and maintain their best possible function given any cognitive, social, emotional and physical decline. You'll also build on your knowledge to help people adapt to a range of environmental or behavioural issues.

Your Diploma in Aged Care is recognised as an AQF-level qualification and has been built from a review of current aged care training offered in the vocational education sector. This program aims to better reflect skills and capabilities required of contemporary aged care support workers.

Career outcomes


Your career

Australia’s ageing population is growing, and with it, there is increased demand for professional support workers. The number of people requiring aged care is set to double by the year 2050, with 179,000 job openings predicted over the next five years1.

Careers to consider:

  • Aged care worker
    Actively support elderly people to remain living independently through the provision of social support, personal care and domestic assistance; provide transportation to medical appointments, shops and social activities; help with personal care duties such as showering, grooming and dressing; and assist with domestic and housekeeping activities such as cooking, cleaning and laundry washing.
  • Residential support worker
    Support clients to live independent lives in their own homes; deliver a range of services according to the care requirements and care plans of each client; enable each client to have the opportunity to succeed at the activities of daily living which promote dignity, respect and maintain their quality of life and abilities; work with a range of clients such as people with a disability, children and youth who live in residential care.
  • Community support worker
    Promote the dignity and positive image of clients within the community; facilitate client communication and enhance their choice and decision-making processes; assist clients in all aspects of personal care; and promote and encourage community inclusion, networking opportunities and social activities; and encourage and arrange various activities to help stimulate them physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Recreational and lifestyle support coordinators
    Assist and support an individual in developing skills and abilities as well as managing self-care tasks that will maximise their independence and confidence in their everyday lives. Assist clients with tasks and activities to build life skills and connect with their community.

Your study experience and support

Study On Demand

Our online career-focused degrees give you full control and ultimate flexibility over your study. It’s Study On Demand, on your schedule, on your terms.

  • Study 100% online - no need to come onto campus
  • Choose from four start dates in January, April, June and September
  • Learn in 10-week blocks
  • Get support seven days a week - including on weeknights
  • Access learning resources 24/7
  • View course content before your term starts
  • Work while you study
  • Plan your study schedule ahead of time
  • Fast-track your studies and receive credit for past study and/or work experience.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked in the top two in Australia for graduate employability.1 Join a university known for its employment outcomes. Your UniSA Online degree is more than just a piece of paper – it will prepare you to start your career or take it to the next level.

Specifically designed for online learning

Our team of academic and online experts have created interactive and media-rich course material using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources. Every degree has been specifically designed for online learning to ensure you graduate with the skills and knowledge for your future career.

Backed by industry

Every UniSA Online degree is overseen by an experienced industry advisory board. We've also consulted with industry experts with a wealth of experience to design course content that reflects the most cutting-edge developments in your field. Our industry connections will enrich your online study experience - you'll be presented with industry problems that real organisations face. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge that industry are telling us they need in graduates.

Expand your professional network from wherever you are

Online study doesn’t mean studying on your own. You’ll connect with a community of other like-minded students – you’ll be able to share, debate and collaborate ideas through virtual classrooms, online chat, video conferencing, and online communication tools.

1 Ranked #2, 2021 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey – Graduate Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities.

Student support

Student services

Studying can be challenging, especially when you’re also juggling work and other life commitments. You’re not studying 9-5, Monday to Friday, which is why we provide personalised, extended hour support services – including on weekends – so you can get help when you need it. 

Dedicated Student Adviser support

Our Student Advisers will be an important part of your student journey – they’ll help you enrol, discuss your study goals, communication preferences, and will be your first point of call for all your general study questions. They’ll link you to an extensive range of support services and resources across the University and will help schedule appointments with specialised services if required.

Online academic support seven days a week

You’ll be supported by our highly experienced academic team of Online Course Facilitators and Online Tutors. Our academics will guide you through your learning and ensure you have an outstanding, high-quality education.

They can help you with your course materials and assessments, provide feedback on your work, assist you with referencing as well as answer any other course-specific queries. You’ll be able to contact your academics via email, online discussion forums and live messages in the online learning environment.You can also communicate in real-time and chat face-to-face with your academics online.

24/7 tech support

Our IT Help Desk is available 24/7 to provide assistance with your computer set up, student email, software requirements and other UniSA apps and student applications. You’ll be able to get support no matter what time it is.

24/7 digital environment

Our interactive online environment is a one-stop-shop for all your study needs. You’ll be able to track your progress through the student dashboard, plan your study schedule, receive reminders on due dates for tasks and assessments, as well as collaborate and network with a community of other like-minded students.

Using innovative technology in online education, your study experience will be highly personalised based on your learning activities throughout your degree. Just like your own personal study coach, you’ll get tailored feedback to enhance your learning outcomes and ensure you’re successful in your studies.

Student services

IT Requirements

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer. Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Microsoft Edge, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run Java
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone)
  • Some UniSA Online degrees require an online exam. The online exam software – Remote Proctor Now – has specific capability requirements. Please refer to the system requirements prior to conducting your exam to ensure your computer is compatible.

Access free IT software and resources

As a UniSA Online student, you'll:

  • Get free access to the full Office 365 ProPlus suite, which includes full versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access and Lync software. Install the full suite on up to five different devices (PC and Mac compatible). 
  • Get 1Tb of personal storage that syncs with your PC or mobile device through OneDrive - it's like an extra hard drive that allows you to open any of your files from any of your devices, whenever you need them. 
  • Get free access to LinkedIn Learning - Access more than 5000 video courses on a broad range of topics such as: the Microsoft Office suite, time management and study skills, health and wellbeing, communication and presentation skills, photography, film making and designing your own games or mobile apps.
  • Be able to connect with others using Microsoft Teams, Yammer and the Outlook Web App.

There are some degrees that have specialised software requirements. We've made this software available to students to access for free - you'll be able to download and install any of the required programs on your own device anywhere and anytime. See if your degree requires specialised software.

Check your device

Our computer system test will determine if your device has the base system resources and software required to study online. It'll also check the speed of your internet connection.

See if your computer, laptop or device is all set up and ready to go – it takes just a few seconds.

How to apply

The application process is easy – just follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your eligibility

    Take our eligibility checker and answer a few short questions to see if you’re eligible. You’ll be given an option to continue your application, save it for later or request a call back from a Degree Adviser if you have any questions.

  2. Gather your relevant documents

    If you're eligible, you'll receive an email outlining the entry requirements and the relevant documentation you need in order to be considered.

    In order to verify your academic qualifications, you'll need to upload relevant documents like your official parchment, certificates or transcripts. If you have work experience, you will need to upload your CV as well as any other documents like work references, professional recognition or accreditation or your training certification.

    Your email will contain information on the specific documents you need to provide as well as a link to log in to your application. You'll be asked to create an account and set your own password.

  3. Complete your application and send through your documents

    In order to proceed with your conditional offer, you’ll need to complete your application and provide required evidence of your previous study or work experience.

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