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.
3 years full time or 6 years part time.
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
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
Graduate with a Bachelor Degree
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 requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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
Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Welfare Workers assist individuals, families and groups with social, emotional or financial difficulties to improve quality of life, by educating and supporting them and working towards change in their social environment.
Other jobs include: case manager, counsellor, social worker, disability services worker, child protection worker and settlement worker.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
Alternative pathways into this course
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Bachelor of Community Services does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and expand your employability
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 22 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 18 core subjects and 4 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 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
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