The Bachelor of Community Services is a fully accredited Australian higher education degree. The course is designed to prepare you for ethical, competent, and culturally relevant community service generalist practice and to equip you with the skills you need for life-long learning and professional development. You will work at the interface between people and their environments, focusing on experiences of individuals, families, groups and communities. Some ares of service provision may include child welfare, hospice and palliative care, juvenile justice and corrections and advocacy.
You will be exposed to the theory and values base of human services practice, as well as the knowledge and necessary skills required to work as a professional at a managerial level in the community services sector. You will have the necessary foundation knowledge and skills in community services management to continue to a relevant post-graduate higher education program at a university or a private education provider.
The Bachelor of Community Services course will be delivered through teacher-led classroom delivery in the form of lectures and tutorials. Most units require students to attend a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial. The course is conducted over Trimesters with three semesters in each academic year. The units are taught concurrently within the trimester, and the course will be completed within three years. The course has 24 units across eight trimesters offering units in Community Services, Counselling, Systems and Policy, Coordination and Support, Specialist Skills, and Fieldwork.
The course also requires you to complete two separate work placements in a community welfare agency, a total of 400 hours (combined). These placements are designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).
To be eligible for the Bachelor of Community Services, you are required to acquire 24 units (360 credit points) as prescribed in Units below.
Introductory Community Services (INT)
INT101 Introduction to Community Services
INT102 Interpersonal Communication Skills
INT103 Human Development Across the Lifespan
INT204 Introduction to Management in Community Services
COU101 Theories in Counselling
COU202 Counselling Practice
COU303 Supervision and Debriefing
Systems and Policy (SAP)
SAP101 Australia Society, Systems and Policies
SAP102 Welfare Systems and Services in Australia
SAP203 Introduction to Welfare Law
SAP303 Developing Social Policy
SAP304 Social Research Methods
Coordination and Support (CAS)
CAS101 Community Development
CAS102 Group Work
CAS203 Principles of Case Management
CAS304 Managing Multiculturalism and Diversity
Specialist Skills (SPS)
SPS201 Alcohol and Other Drugs
SPS202 Working with Young People and their Families
SPS303 Family and Domestic Violence
SPS304 Mental Health and the Community
FLD201 Ethics and Professional Practice
FLD202 Fieldwork 1
FLD303 Transition to Professional Practice
FLD304 Fieldwork 2
FOR ENTRY INTO FIRST YEAR
Evidence of successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education to Year 12 or equivalent. This includes all Commonwealth State and Territory final year secondary school certificates of education, or international equivalent.
A clearly-in ATAR of 68.00 or its equivalent and/or satisfactory completion of one year of full-time study at an approved institute of tertiary education.
Mature Age Entry:
Mature age students who demonstrate a capacity for successful study at a tertiary level through employment or educational experience, as judged by the Academic Board, may be admitted to the Bachelor courses.
Applying for Credit Transfer:
If you have completed prior tertiary studies, you may be eligible for some credit exemptions. For further information, please refer to our Awarding of Credit Policy.
Student who have undertaken the Bachelor of Community Services can seek the Australian Community Workers’ Association full membership as a Welfare Centre Manager upon graduation.
For more information, please visit the ACWA website.
Occupational titles for graduates with this qualification may include:
• Welfare Centre Manager
• Program Coordinator
• Community Worker
• Child Protection Officer
• Case Manager
• Youth Worker
• Juvenile Justice Officer
• Child and Family Practitioner
• Community Development Worker
• Community Health Worker
This Careers link explores the relevant career options for the Diploma and Bachelor of Community Services. Note, the 3rd ring equals a diploma level qualification and the 4th ring equals a Bachelor qualification. For more information regarding your potential career outcomes please contact one of our experienced course advisors.
Training Levels and Requirements
Usually has a skill level equal to the completion of Year 10, a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, Certificate I or II. Australian Apprenticeships may be offered at this level.
Usually has a skill level equal to a Certificate III or IV, or at least three years relevant experience. Australian Apprenticeships may be offered at this level.
Usually requires a level of skill equal to a Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Study is often undertaken through TAFEs or Registered Training Organisations. Some universities offer studies at this level.
Usually requires a level of skill equal to a Bachelor Degree or higher qualification. Study is often undertaken at a university.
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Full fee for 2017 – 2018: $5,625 per trimester (3 units) * $1,875 per unit
Administration fee – $200
Click here to view 2017 – 2018 subject fee schedule.
FEE-HELP is a loan scheme available to eligible full fee paying higher education students, which assists with the payment of part or all of their student contribution. Repayment of the loan is through the Australian taxation system once their income goes above the designated threshold. Voluntary repayments may be made at any time, regardless of income. There is a loan fee of 25% for FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses. For further information refer to http://studyassist.gov.au.
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