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Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice (PGDipCCP)

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New applications for this programme are not being accepted in 2023.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice (PGDipCCP) requires at least twelve months of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The aim of this interdisciplinary postgraduate programme is to develop the knowledge and skills of a range of professionals who work with and who have an interest in studying current policy and practice issues which affect the well-being and rights of children.

Candidates for the programme are required to have a degree or professional qualification (of at least three years full-time or equivalent part-time study), relevant to working with children and families.

The diploma aims to prepare graduates for careers in leading, administering and managing policy and practice relating to children's advocacy and well-being.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice (PGDipCCP) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Child Centered Practice (PGDipCCP)

  • CHIC 401  Understanding Children and Childhood: Theory into Practice
  • CHIC 402  Promoting Children's Participation and Protection
  • Two of:

    Note: Admission to CHIC 480 requires approval from the Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families.

Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child-Centred Practice (PGDipCCP)

1 Admission to the Programme

  1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Board of the Division of Humanities.
  2. Every applicant shall either
    1. be a graduate or possess an appropriate professional qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study; or
    2. have alternative qualifications or experience related to Childhood Studies which are acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

2 Structure of the Programme

  1. The programme shall consist of papers to the value of 120 points as follows:
    • CHIC 401 Understanding Children and Childhood: Theory into Practice (30 points)
    • CHIC 402 Promoting Children’s Participation and Protection (30 points)
    • and two of
    • CHIC 407 Child-Centred Practice (30 points)
    • CHIC 480 Research Project (30 points) 
    • SOWK 520 Social Services Research and Evaluation (30 points)

    Admission to CHIC 480 requires approval from the Director of the Children's Issues Centre.

  2. With the approval of the Programme Director, approved papers at an equivalent level may be substituted for 30 points.

3 Transitional Arrangements

Students who have completed CHIX 401 and 402, or CHIX 403 and 404, are not eligible to enrol for CHIC 401 and 402. However they may credit CHIX 401 and 402, or CHIX 403 and 404 towards the diploma, in place of CHIC 401 and 402.

4 Duration of the Programme

The duration of the programme shall be equivalent to one academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

5 Level of Award of the Diploma

The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

6 Variations

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.