Offering Info

Bachelor of Community Services

  • TAFE NSW code: HE20528V01-21OTE-001

Location – TAFE Digital

Study Type


Course Start Date

15 Feb 2021

Study Commitment

40 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.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be eligible for admission you must submit evidence of at least ONE of the following entry requirements, certified by a Justice of the Peace:

  • 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 your consent for your details to be forwarded to the assessment team.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To be eligible for the Bachelor of Community Services, students need to have completed 240 credit points by completing 18 core subjects and 4 elective subjects.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

  • two Fields of Practice subjects that integrate academic learning with application in the workplace also referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL). CSSAP102A Fields of Practice I requires the completion of 200 hours of work placement in first year and CSSAP305A Fields of Practice II requires the completion of 200 hours in third year, totalling 400 hours.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a fully online course.

Full-time study load: 4 subjects - you will need to complete approximately 16 hours of online study, each week, across two 12 week semesters, each year, for a 3 year enrolment.

You can also expect to complete approximately 24 hours of additional study each week outside of online class hours, including private study, research and assessment preparation.

Part-time study load is also available.

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


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • have a strong commitment to human rights, diversity, advocacy, social justice, inclusion, collaboration, equity, First Nations' self-determination, anti-oppressive practice and social change.
  • want the flexibility of an online course and have 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.
  • 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.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • TAFE NSW library services
  • Smarthinking - free online study support
  • TAFE NSW support services

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

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

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


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 eligible students pay their tuition fees. Find out more Study Assist website.


This course is not approved for International Students.


In addition to tuition fees, there may be additional resource and/or field trip fees to undertake this course. Students will be required to buy textbooks for most subjects they are enrolled in.


Instalment payment options are available for this course. Learn about TAFE NSW Fees.

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP student loan to allow you to study this course now and pay later. Find out more about Help with Fees.


Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about TAFE NSW Recognition.

Select Apply to complete your application. The course coordinator will contact you to outline any further application requirements.

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Core Units
Number Title
CSSAP305A Fields of Practice 2
CSSOC201A Applied Sociology
CSSOC301A Social Policy
CSSOC302A Research Skills Development
CSCSI101A Specialist Communication
CSCSI102A Group and Community Work
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
Elective Units
Number Title
CSSAP302A Working with People with Disability
CSSAP303A Settlement Work
CSSAP304A Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities
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

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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