Course Code SS31
Level Postgraduate
QTAC Code Direct Entry to CHC
Duration .5F/1P
Entry Requirements Undergraduate or higher qualification in the Social sciences or a closely related discipline:; English language proficiency requirements apply
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Mode On Campus; External
Credit Points 40
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 092837D

General Information

The Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership is a one-semester course (full time equivalent) and is available on both a full time and part time basis. The course is designed to facilitate the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills related to a specific field of social sciences practice, as well as critical thinking and reflection, and incorporates a strong leadership focus with a theoretical understanding of contextual social sciences engagement and Christian worldview integration. The course is therefore intended for those who already possess a foundational understanding of the social sciences or are interested in up-skilling as they are promoted into leadership positions within the social sciences.

Students will be able to undertake focussed study in a specific social sciences discipline that address four key areas:

                                                                                                                • leadership theory;
                                                                                                                • leadership practice;
                                                                                                                • engagement with current and emerging leadership issues; and
                                                                                                                • reflective practice.

Students will focus on leadership within the social sciences discipline by engaging in learning in core approaches and frameworks that are to be contextually applied via focussed assessment.

In addition, the Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership is designed to provide opportunity to focus on, evaluate and critically integrate knowledge and skills from the perspective of a Christian worldview. As a faith-based higher education provider, CHC aims to provide quality educational experiences for professionals in order that they may contribute meaningfully to their professions in applied social science areas, and to society more generally, in ways that authentically reflect values and tenets of the Christian faith.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership is 5 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership may articulate into the Master of Social Science Leadership (SS54). Students who are enrolled in the Master of Social Science Leadership may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership (subject to the completion of course rules).

Course Accreditations

The Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership is:

                                                                                                                • accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
                                                                                                                • approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

Career Outcomes

It is expected that graduate employment opportunities would mainly occur in two areas. First, graduates may remain in their current applied social sciences fields but seek professional advancement; second, graduates will gain the credentials for engagement with a broader range of applied social sciences fields.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that the language of instruction of their undergraduate degree was English or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic) 59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT) 90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)

Course Structure


The Graduate Certificate in Social Science Leadership consists of core units. CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the School of Social Sciences Administration Office at

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Core units

Unit summary Sample unit outline
SO540    Leadership Theory Download
SO541    Leadership Practice Download
SO542    Leading and Facilitating Strategic Change Download
SO663    Leading Reflective Practice Download