Course code: HE20528V01

Bachelor of Community Services

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Overview About this course

Support the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities and help to facilitate social change when you study the Bachelor of Community Services. This online degree will prepare you for a career in the diverse community services industry. You’ll be qualified to manage a range of responsibilities while helping people who are disadvantaged and highly vulnerable. If you're driven to empower diverse communities, passionate about social justice and want to challenge the social structures that maintain disadvantage, then this qualification can help you achieve your goals. Graduates from this course of study are not eligible to register with the Australian Association of Social Workers on the basis of this qualification alone.

Course duration

3 years full time or 6 years part time

Is Community Services right for you?

Community Services workers empower and support disadvantaged and vulnerable people to achieve their goals. They provide housing, mental health, disability, multicultural, financial, youth, domestic and family violence support. Your experience and career goals will help determine what pathway is best for you. Watch our video to learn more.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Support the well-being of individuals, families and communities whilst facilitating social change

  • Critically analyse and challenge the social structures that maintain disadvantage

  • Research relevant issues to the delivery of social and welfare services in Australia

  • Develop intervention strategies in community services delivery and practice

  • Communicate effectively to work with diverse teams, individual clients, groups and communities

  • Advocate for social action and social change

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • Graduate with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7)

  • Four hundred hours of practical experience in the workplace

  • The skills and confidence to effectively work with diverse teams, individual clients, groups and communities

  • Experience in advocating and implementing social action and change

  • This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent OR

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent OR

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification OR

  • Successful completion of at least one year full-time (or equivalent) study in a course at a higher education institution


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • A National Police Check

  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A strong commitment to human rights, diversity, advocacy, social justice, inclusion, collaboration, equity, First Nations' self-determination, anti-oppressive practice and social change

  • Flexibility to study online, with the knowledge that this will require independent learning skills

  • The capacity to apply higher education study skills that include: academic integrity, time management, organisation, self-directed learning, being an active member of an online learning community and using a range of online technologies

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: case manager, community services worker, mental health support worker, child protection worker, family support worker and disability support worker.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning ( or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 22 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 18 core subjects and 4 elective subjects.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

      • TAFE NSW Libraries

      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

      • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

      • Student associations – get social with our student community

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