With a Diploma of Community Services, you can graduate with the knowledge and skills to be a valued professional worker in the community service industry. Upon completion of the course, you will have gained the theoretical and ethical foundation required to prepare you for a meaningful and stimulating career. This may include working in areas such as child and family services, domestic violence, employment support, community development, and migrant services, among others.
To receive this qualification, you must complete 16 units: 8 core and 8 electives. The course is conducted in 8 terms, each comprising 10 weeks, exclusive of holidays. You will attend college 20 hours per week.
Fieldwork Placements are a requirement of the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) to provide students the opportunity to link theory with practice. The Diploma of Community Services requires 400 hours of supervised Fieldwork Placement.
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
Stott’s College is fully committed to the ideals and goals of the community work profession and to preparing our students for a successful entry into the workforce. When you undertake work-based training and assessment in our Community Services courses, you are participating in what is known as ‘Fieldwork Placement.’ This is a structured educational program that is a requirement of your course as well as of the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), the professional accrediting body.
Placements provide you with unique opportunities to:
- Develop your competencies by linking theory with current practice
- Experience a real workplace environment in community services, such as in community development, disability, youth work, children and family services, mental health, casework, and multicultural services
- Learn about industry trends, practices, and career options
- Build your professional network and resume
- Explore job prospects at your host agency
At Stott’s College, we understand the importance of maximising your learning opportunities in and out of the classroom. This is why we provide significant support and guidance before, during, and after your placements. We offer students preparation seminars, individual appointments to find you a good agency match, interview coaching and resume writing assistance, an allocated Liaison Officer while you’re on placement, debriefing, and placement materials.
Fieldwork placements are a valuable component of our Community Services courses, and we work with all our students and host agencies to provide them with a mutually beneficial and rewarding placement experience.
Sample partner agencies are;
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.
Professional Recognition and Accreditation
Stott’s College is a division of Acknowledge Education Pty Ltd, a Registered Training Organisation with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
In choosing to study the Diploma of Community Services program at Stott’s College, you are giving yourself an advantage to break into the community service industry. The course offered at Melbourne, Sydney and Perth campuses* is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), which means that it has been reviewed and approved by the national professional body to meet the educational and practice standards required for community work practitioners. This reaffirms Stott’s College’s commitment to delivering a quality program that will produce graduates who can practice competently and ethically in various areas in community services. To this end, Stott’s College regularly consults with ACWA to ensure that the course upholds the values of the profession and responds to the current trends and expectations in the sector. This is reflected across various components of the course, from employing qualified and experienced educators to partnering with relevant welfare organisations for our fieldwork placement program. Upon completion of the course at Melbourne, Sydney and Perth campuses*, you are eligible for ACWA membership and can enter the workforce with confidence and skill.
*The ACWA accreditation is pending for Brisbane campus.
For pathway students, upon completion of the course, you will be exempted 8 units in Bachelor of Community Services at Stott’s.
Upon successful completion of this course at Melbourne, Sydney and Perth campuses, you are eligible for the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) membership. For more information, please visit the ACWA website. The ACWA accreditation is pending at Brisbane campus.
Occupational titles for graduates with this qualification may include:
• Welfare Worker
• Community Worker
• Case Worker
• Youth Worker
• Family Support Worker
• Disability Services Worker
• Migrant Resource Worker
• Community Based Corrections Officer
• Lifestyle Coordinator
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)
Full Fee: $15,000 (2 years)
Enrolment Fee: $200
Material Fee: $400
Victorian 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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