With a Diploma of Community Services, you can graduate with the skills and knowledge to be a valued professional worker in the community and social service areas. This may include areas in child protection, domestic violence, employment support, and migrant services, amongst others. You will have gained comprehensive skills in advocacy, case management, community program development, consultation, policy, and research, preparing you for a fulfilling and important career.
To receive this qualification you must complete 16 units, 8 core and 8 electives. Students attend college 20 hours per week over 4 evenings per week or 3 days.
4 day evening timetable:
Monday to thursday 5pm-10pm
3 day, day time timetable:
2 days per week 9am-5:30pm
1 day per week 9am-1pm or 1:30-5:30pm
There are a maximum of 30 students in a class.
The course is conducted in 8 terms, each comprising 10 weeks, inclusive of holidays.
The course requires 400 hours mandatory Supervised Work Based Training (WBT). Stott’s College focus on Work Based Training. and following our tradition, we will assist students in finding a placement.Please note, the Fieldwork agency, may be located up to 90 minutes from the college. There are two Field placements, the first during term 4 and the second during term 7.
CHCCCS007 Develop and Implement Service Programs
CHCCOM003 Develop Workplace Communication Strategies
CHCDEV002 Analyse Impacts of Sociological Factors on Clients in Community Work and Services
CHCDIV003 Manage and Promote Diversity
CHCLEG003 Manage Legal and Ethical Compliance
CHCMGT005 Facilitate Workplace Debriefing and Support Processes
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and Improve Own Professional Practice
HLTWHS004 Manage Work Health and Safety
CHCDEV001 Confirm Client Development Status
CHCCSM005 Develop, Facilitate and Review all Aspects of Case Management
CHCCCS004 Assess Coexisting Needs
CHCADV002 Provide Advocacy and Representation Services
CHCCDE011 Implement Community Development Strategies
CHCCSL001 Establish and Confirm the Counselling Relationship
CHCMHS001 Work with People with Mental Health Issues
CHCDFV006 Counsel Clients Affected by Domestic and Family Violence
Entry by interview. You will also need to obtain evidence of a Police Check to ensure participation in fieldwork placement.
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Acknowledge Education.
Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.
For pathway students, upon completion of the course, students will be exempted 8 units in Bachelor of Business (Community Services Management) at Stott’s.
Graduates who complete the Diploma of Community Services can seek the Australian Community Workers’ Association full membership as a Welfare Worker.
For more information, please visit the ACWA website.
Occupational titles for graduates with this qualification may include:
• Welfare Worker
• Case Worker
• Case Manager
• Youth Worker
• Child Protection Practitioner
• Community-based Corrections Officer
• Family Support Worker
• Volunteer Coordinator
• Migrant Resource Worker
• Child and Family Practitioner
• Juvenile Justice Officer
• 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.
This chart shows a selection of occupations that have some relation to the learning area you have selected.
The four education and training levels are to be used as a guide only. These levels indicate the most common education and/or entry requirements for these jobs.
The title of an occupation viewed may differ to the title of the occupation selected. This is a result of a new data source for occupational information.
(Reference: Education Services Australia Limited website)
2018 Full Tuition Fee: $15,000 (2 years)
Enrolment Fee: $200
Material Fee: $400
Students eligible for Skills First Funding $6,870 + enrolment and material fee.
(Concession rates are not available for qualifications at diploma level or above.)
For more information on the Skills First program, please click here.
For fee schedule, see above downloads section.
You may be eligible for VET Student Loans. This is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loans, you will need to meet the VET Student Loans entry requirements. For more information on VET Student Loans, see above downloads section.
Vet Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirement. VET Student Loans give rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.
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