Charles Darwin University

Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K

Whether you are looking to broaden your awareness or build on your professional skill set, the Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs will expand your knowledge in these areas. You will be introduced to modern issues, research and interventions in the Australian alcohol and other drug fields, with particular reference to the Northern Territory.You can choose to study this diploma either on campus at Casuarina (internally) or online (externally).


The course requires one year full time study or equivalent.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCommon Units(2 units)20cpCommon units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and CapabilityAnd either:CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology ORCUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring SustainabilitySelect Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options. Core Units(4 units)40cpCompulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. PSY140 Introduction to Psychology APSY141 Introduction to Psychology BAOD201 Alcohol and Other Drugs StudiesAOD301 Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Specialist Elective(2 units)20cpUnits totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.PSY115 Psychological SkillsPSY143 Traumatology - Assessment and InterventionPSY209 Social-Cultural PsychologyPSY340 Behavioural Therapies   80cpTotal Credit Points Students who commenced in or after 2013The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award. Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.


  • Health and Medicine, Society and Welfare Studies

Standard entry requirements

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 135 (or a score of 145 if prior to May 2010).Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Casuarina International: $25,328 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
CDU Online International: $25,328 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

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