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 areas 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.
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Welfare Centre Manager
- Program Coordinator
- Community Worker
- Case Manager
- Youth Worker
- Juvenile Justice Officer
- Child and Family Practitioner
- Community Development Worker
- Community Health Worker
What You'll Learn
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).
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
Duration and Study Load
- 3 years, full-time
- Completed Year 12 or equivalent. The minimum age is 18 years old
- International students must also demonstrate that they have English language ability equivalent to IELTS 6.0 (Academic)
- Local students
You must have ONE of the following:
- Completed Year 12 (within the last 3 years)
- Vocational Education and Training (VET/TAFE) Study
- Higher Education Study
- Work & Life Experience
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
To be eligible for the Bachelor of Community Services, you are required to acquire 24 units (360 credit points) as prescribed in Units below:
About Stott's College
Despite the fact that Stott’s College was founded in 1883 (before our famous Melbourne trams and before ‘The Big Australian’, BHP), it has stood the test of time and has evolved over the past 135 years as a quality private education provider, challenging itself to be relevant in meeting the ever-changing needs of industry and students.
Stott’s College has both FEE-HELP status and VET FEE-HELP status to assist our students in loans for their academic study.
Stott’s remains true to its tradition of job-ready graduates, and Acknowledge Education has employed our graduates in accounting, student services and management. We are proud to be a successful business running programs and attracting industry partnerships.
Stott’s College is a trading name of Acknowledge Education Pty Ltd which is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 4112)
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