About the course

About the course

If you have a genuine interest in caring for older people then our course in individual support will help you gain essential, person-centred skills and knowledge to care for and support older people living in residential and aged-care facilities.

In this health course, you’ll learn how to provide physical and psychosocial support for older people, including how to:

  • support people who may be living with dementia and/or other illnesses
  • prevent falls
  • support independence and wellbeing
  • develop communication skills in health and community services
  • work in aged care setting

You’ll understand how to comply with the accreditation requirements in the aged-care sector, and you’ll be ready to deliver outstanding customer service and support to older people.

During our individual support course, you can benefit from the opportunity to do a work placement with leading industry aged-care providers.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time:  6months (3.5 days per week)

Studies will include a minimum of 160 hours of practical placement in residential aged care settings.

Note: The duration or structure of this course may change. Training packages may have changed since the publication on website. If changes have occurred, new students will be enrolled in the new course.

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Career Outcomes

This course may provide you with aged-care employment opportunities in local government, community organisations and aged-care facilities and private nursing homes. As part of your work placement, most students will have the opportunity to work with leading aged care providers. On completion of your course, you may be offered employment by your workplace provider.

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Entry and Academic Requirements

International students must have completed:

  • Australian Year 10 or international equivalent with a pass
  • A current National Police Check (must be arranged after the course commencement, but prior to commencment of work placement)
  • Evidence of Immunisation Requirements: 'Category A' Health Care Worker, prior to placement (i.e. Diphtheria/Tetanus; Poliomyelitis; Measles/Mumps/ Rubella; Varicella Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox); Hepatitis B; Mantoux Test, Flu vaccine) (must be arranged after the course commencement, but prior to commencment of work placement)

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from international students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (Academic) or approved equivalent.

For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to apply for further studies in related health courses including in Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Allied Health or the Diploma of Nursing.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

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Tuition Fee$8,430
Service Fee$166
Material Fee$195
Retain Course Items$0
Estimated Fee$8,791

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 13 units of competency (7 core and 6 electives). 

This blended learning course will be delivered as follows whilst COVID-19 restrictions remain in place:

  • Theory to be delviered remotely until otherwise notified
  • Practical will be on campus at Elgar whilst compling with COVID-19 physical distancing
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