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Start Date
January, April, June, September

0.5 year(s) full-time


Time Commitment
10 - 15 hours per week per course

Program Code

Study as
Full-time or part-time

AUD$ 12,100 per annum (per 0.5 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Gain a strong foundation of knowledge and skills across core psychological science and counselling concepts to make a difference in your local community, enhance your current skillset, or pave the way for further study, with just six months of full-time study.
  • Develop an understanding of the social, historical, professional and cultural influences that shape how mental health is perceived, approached and treated.
  • Design a study pathway tailored to your interests by choosing an elective to enhance your specialised knowledge.
  • Benefit from a qualification informed by world-class research1 and developed in response to strong industry demand for skilled mental health care professionals.
  • Use your credit from this program as a guaranteed pathway* into a range of bachelor degrees.

*Minimum course requirements must be met.
12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Upskill, reskill, or advance your career with an undergraduate certificate informed by the latest research and guided by contemporary counselling concepts and practice. In just six months of full-time study, you’ll graduate with a solid understanding of mental health conditions and counselling approaches, paving the way for entry into the first year of a related bachelor degree.

You’ll be introduced to psychology as a science, the physiology of the human nervous system and cerebral cortex, and examine the social, historical, professional and cultural influences on how mental health is perceived and impacted. You’ll explore key theories and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, and develop valuable communication skills used in cognitive and behavioural counselling.

Learn about mental health conditions including depression, anxiety disorder, psychosis and personality disorders, along with approaches to evidence-based treatment, recovery from self-harming behaviour, and the law and ethics surrounding mental health.

Build specialised knowledge with an elective focused on connecting and working with nature for mental wellness, professional communication in the health industry, or sociology, and graduate with a well-rounded skills base.

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

Please note, courses may not be displayed in order of study.

UO Psychology 1A (BEHL 1030)
, Note(s): 1

Study Mental Health on demand

UniSA Online Degree Adviser, Jacquaya, explains why an undergraduate certificate could be the perfect place to start your university journey or enhance your skill set.

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Why Undergraduate Certificate in Mental Health

Why this Degree

With nearly half of all Australians aged 16-85 years experiencing a mental health disorder at some point in their lifetime2, the national demand for a responsive and adequately skilled mental health workforce is critical.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Mental Health has been designed by UniSA’s expert academics to equip you with an introduction to mental health disorders and strategies for psychological wellbeing informed by industry demand, encompassing communication skills and theoretical concepts that can be applied across a diverse range of industries.

Study with a university ranked top 10 in Australia for quality education in psychology3, and build a foundation of knowledge to support life-saving services, advocate within the mental health sector, or apply your skills to related fields such as youth work or addiction counselling.

You’ll graduate with a nationally recognised university qualification, or be eligible to use the credit gained from your studies to transition straight into the first year of the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Psychological Science and Sociology. With up to four courses (18 units) of credit awarded for successful completion of the undergraduate certificate, you’ll also have the option to tailor a bespoke study pathway into a range of degrees across health science, community health, criminology, or public health.

2Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2023.
3Ranked #9, ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Overall Quality of Educational Experience Indicator (Undergraduate). Public universities.

Industry facts


Healthcare and social assistance is the largest employing industry in Australia.

Australian Government, Labour Market Insights, 2023.


3.4 million Australians sought professional mental health care between 2020-2022.

Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2023.


Employment in healthcare and social assistance is predicted to grow by 15.8% over the next two years.

Australian Government, Labour Market Insights, 2023.

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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.

  • Designed specifically for your online learning
    Designed by a team of academic and online experts, our course materials are delivered in an interactive way using innovative digital technology and state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources.
  • Study when it suits you
    Our online degrees support students who lead busy lifestyles. With four start dates a year in January, March, July and September there is no need to interrupt your life.
  • Take control of your study schedule
    With all content available from day one of your course, you have the power to plan your study schedule in advance. 
  • Finish each course in 10 weeks
    Our courses are delivered within 10-week terms to keep you motivated throughout your degree. Study two courses a term or just one.
  • 100% online study
    You won’t need to come onto campus for coursework, assessments or exams. Complete all study for your degree where it suits you.
  • Get the help you need
    Whether you need help with course content or assessments, we offer the academic support and services you need to be successful in your studies.
  • Adjust your study to your life
    There’s no need to interrupt work and family life or spend money on travel and student accommodation. Organise study around your life.
  • Learn from world-renowned academics
    Get a degree that’s designed and taught by leading academics and industry professionals.
  • 100% online interactive learning environment
    Our interactive online learning environment supports all your study needs. Log in anytime, on any device, wherever it suits you.
  • Access a library of over 700,000 digital resources
    Access a library of more than 700,000 digital resources including e-books, videos and journal articles. Our Ask the Library virtual service can help you locate, access, evaluate, use and reference a range of information resources.

Why UniSA Online?

Student services

Our graduates get jobs

UniSA is ranked as the number one university 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 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey, 2020-22 – 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 supports 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

Generally, 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. Submit an online enquiry

    If you're ready to apply, the first step is to fill out and submit our online enquiry form. Here you'll be asked a series of questions to see if you're eligible. Following your online enquiry, one of our Degree Advisers will contact you at your preferred time to discuss the application process.

    Enquire now >

  2. Speak to a Degree Adviser and start your application

    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 begin 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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Online Course Facilitator

I am passionate about applying psychological knowledge and methodologies to contemporary societal issues with a focus on conservation psychology, exploring how our relationship with nature can improve our physical and mental wellbeing and contribute to healthier and happier people and more sustainable societies.

As an educator, I draw upon my research and professional experiences facilitating nature-based programs for children to draw connections between theory, research, and practical applications of psychological knowledge. My teaching is driven by the desire to contribute to the education of the next generation of professionals so they can apply their knowledge across the interesting and diverse careers they pursue.

Associate Professor Elissa Pearson

Program Director

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Portrait image for Associate Professor Elissa Pearson

Associate Professor Elissa Pearson

Program Director


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