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Bachelor of Community Services

  • TAFE NSW code: HE20528V01-20OTE-001

Location – TAFE Digital

Study Type


Course Start Date

17 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



3 Years

  • Fee Help available
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The Bachelor of Community Services is a three year fully online degree that will equip you with the practical skills and theory you need 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 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.

Further information about this course is available on the TAFE NSW Degrees website

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, one of the following to be considered eligible for admission: - a NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent OR - a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate OR - a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above OR - the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.

If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry into this course based on mature age or disadvantage. Contact the course coordinator for details of evidence that you should attach to your application.

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. Further information please check the TAFE NSW International Australia website for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.

To be eligible for admission learners must submit evidence of 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

    Special admission
    If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry based on mature age or disadvantage. You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Please email consent for your details to be forwarded to the assessment team.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.

This is an online course. No face-to-face attendance is required. However, full time students are required to participate online for approximately 16 hours a week. Part time is available.
Students who have completed either CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services or CHC50612/CHC50608 Diploma of Community Services Work may be eligible for credit equivalent to a year of full-time study.

Applications close Friday 7th February 2020.
This course is not approved for International Students.

Please note: The Bachelor of Community Services is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Graduates are not eligible to register with the Australian Association of Social Workers on the basis of this qualification alone. The Bachelor of Community Services is not an Australian Community Workers Association accredited course.

Learners can download a Course Information Brochure which outlines the structure, objectives and assessment requirements for this course at:

For any queries about applications or enrolments into this course please contact the Community Services teaching section by email:

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As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

Approximately four hours of online learning activities per subject each semester. Additional reading, research and assessment work (approximately six hours per subject) is expected. There is an optional intensive six week Summer school.

Fees are calculated each semester on a per subject basis. See the TAFE NSW Higher Education Tuition Fees Schedule for details.

FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to help students pay their tuition fees. Find out more Study Assist website

In addition to tuition fees, students will be required to purchase textbooks for each subject they are enrolled in.

Select Apply to complete the application form and email your entry evidence (certified by a Justice of the Peace) to

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Core Units
Number Title
CSCSI102A Group and Community Work
CSCSI101A Specialist Communication
CSCSI103A Working in Community Services
CSCSI201A Case Management Practice
CSCSI202A Applied Counselling Practice
CSCSI203A Practice Frameworks in Context
CSCSI301A Community Development Work and International Aid
CSORG101A Ethics and Legislation in Community Services
CSORG201A Organisational Communication
CSORG301A Organisational Management in Community Services
CSPSY101A Lifespan Development
CSPSY201A Foundations of Psychology
CSSAP101A Academic Foundations
CSSAP102A Fields of Practice 1
CSSAP305A Fields of Practice 2
CSSOC201A Applied Sociology
CSSOC301A Social Policy
CSSOC302A Research Skills Development
Elective Units
Number Title
CSSAP201A Foundations of Working with Families at Risk
CSSAP202A Foundations of Disability Work
CSSAP203A Foundations of Settlement Work
CSSAP204A Foundations of Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities
CSSAP301A Working with Families at Risk
CSSAP302A Working with People with Disability
CSSAP303A Settlement Work
CSSAP304A Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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