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Bachelor of Community Services

Get qualified to work in the community sector

The Bachelor of Community Services is a three year full time qualification that will equip you with the practical skills as well as the theory required for you to pursue a career in community services, where you can make your mark supporting the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, as well as being an agent of social change.

This fully online degree is a dynamic hands-on course which will prepare you for practice based roles in both government and non- government agencies. Students can choose electives to focus on areas of specialisation including working with families at risk, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, settlement work and disability services.

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 to specialist practice.

More information about this course

Course code: HE20528

Location: 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: Students must complete 22 subjects and achieve 240 credit points to complete this course. Most subjects are worth 10 credit points. The two compulsory workplacement subjects are each worth 20 credit points.

Next intake: February 2019

Course overview: 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.

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Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

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

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2: 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.

Study requirements

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.

Students will need internet access and a computer capable of connecting with TAFE online systems. For further information about technological requirements contact


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

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Community Services. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees*

In 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,250 per 10CP subject and $2,500 per 20CP subject (a total of $30,000 for the full degree). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

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

Information for international students

This course is not registered with CRICOS and is therefore not available for enrolment by students holding an international student visa. Offshore students are eligible to apply for entry into this course and should contact the course coordinator by email to:


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course 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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