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Course code: HE20528

Locations: This course is delivered fully online. The course also includes two practical work placements.

Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course load: You must complete 22 subjects and achieve 240 credit points to complete this course. Most subjects are worth 10 credit points. The two compulsory work placement subjects are each worth 20 credit points.

Next intake:

  • Classes commence 13 February 2023
  • First round applications close 25 November 2022
  • Late applications will be accepted until 27 January 2023 subject to availability of places.

At a glance:

  • The Bachelor of Community Services is an undergraduate qualification taught in English.
  • The course is located at Level 7 on the Australian Qualifications Framework. The course is designed to qualify graduates to work in a variety of roles in a range of community service settings.
  • Please note that the Bachelor of Community Services is not an Australian Community Workers Association accredited course. In addition graduates are not eligible to register with the Australian Association of Social Workers on the basis of this qualification alone.

To be eligible for admission into the Community Services you must have at least ONE of the following entry requirements:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

Please note:

  • You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
  • If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage

Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page*.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE International website.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

* Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

If you have extensive relevant and current industry experience or you’ve recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemptions from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Community Services.

Courses for which recognition will be granted include, but are not limited to, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications in community services, community sector management, alcohol and other drugs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care, counselling and mental health services and intervention services.

Talk to your course coordinator to see if you’re eligible. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for RPL has been successful.

Note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

Study pattern

Full-time students enrol in subjects worth 40 credit points each semester. As well as engaging with on-line learning content, students are expected to undertake additional private study to maximise success in the course.

The course also includes two practical work placements totalling 400 hours which must be completed in a community service organisation. There is also an optional residential program which is designed to allow students to connect with fellow students and teachers. The residential programs are run once every year and are conducted in Sydney over a two day weekend.

You will need internet access and a computer capable of connecting with TAFE NSW online systems.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to case studies, essays, reports, work based projects, blogs, online presentations and tests.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure.

As a fully online course, this course is not available for enrolment by international students studying on a student visa.

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Careers in community services are diverse and graduates can find themselves working in a variety of settings, in roles that range from management, to intervention, and specialist practice. Examples include Aboriginal worker, case manager, family counsellor, disability services worker, housing officer, or youth worker.

While there are no minimum qualifications, licensing, or registration requirements, most employers prefer to hire employees who are degree qualified, specifically with a degree such as the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Community Services.

Students will complete 22 subjects, including two work placements, totalling 400 hours. Subjects help students to develop knowledge and skills in community services work interventions, organisational practice and management, social and political structure and function, and individual human structure and function. Students also select a specialist area of practice from working with families at risk, people with disability, settlement work and First Nations people and communities.

Studying online requires students to be organised and to develop independent learning skills. Learners use a range of learning technologies and become active members of the online learning community. It is important to note that online learning is not quicker or easier than studying in a classroom.

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