Bachelor of Youth Work

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
6.0 overall score (Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024, February 2025, July 2025


Want to make a difference in the lives of young people? Youth workers improve young people’s social and personal development, helping them establish a voice and sense of place in their communities.

This course responds to a community need for highly trained youth workers to work with young people. It’s an inclusive program that will provide you with both theoretical insights and the practical skills needed to become an effective and empathetic youth worker.

Study with us to empower the vulnerable and make a positive difference.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete 500 hours.

Work placement

You will gain practical, professional experience in youth work and make valuable connections in the sector by completing two field placements units.

 In the first field placement (200 hours) you will have the opportunity to develop your emerging youth work skills in a supported, community-engaged environment.

In the second unit, you will complete 300 hours of field placement in an approved youth service or agency. In this final placement, you will engage comprehensively in the programs, service delivery and daily tasks of the host organisation.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • local government youth work
  • youth advocacy
  • youth and family mediation
  • student support officers in schools
  • youth counselling and welfare services
  • youth engagement
  • youth health education
  • youth liaison and outreach work
  • youth policy making
  • social work

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Youth Work, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

YSED100 Knowing Young People

YSED103 Introduction to the Youth Sector

SOCS100 Introduction to Sociology

Elective 1
Year 1 - Semester 2

YSED104 The Developing Young Person

YSED105 Ethical Principles and Practice of Youth Work

HIST106 Australian Indigenous Peoples Past and Present

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

Year 2 - Semester 1

YSED203 Building Relationships and Supporting Young People

YSED206 Youth Work Counselling

SOCS244 Difference and Diversity: Social and Sexual Health

Elective 2
Year 2 - Semester 2

YSED202 Field Placement 1

YSED204 Trauma Informed Practice

SOCS207 Meaning of Life: Researching Qualitatively

SOCS226 Global Youth Cultures

Year 3 - Semester 1

YSED302 Field Placement 2

YSED304 Working with Vulnerable Young People

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

Elective 3
Year 3 - Semester 2

YSED301 Youth Policy

YSED303 Community Development

Sociology unitElective 4

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

Students who have successfully completed 40 cp of Youth Work units may exit with the Non-Award Certificate in Youth Work.

Students who meet the requirements for the Diploma in Youth Work may exit with that award.

Entry requirements

View transparency admission information

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to honours study in social sciences in the Bachelor of Arts Honours degree or and then to a range of postgraduate research programs e.g. Masters of Philosophy or PhD.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3196
  • Average first year fee: $25568
  • Estimate total cost: $76704

The tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

 You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

International applicants


Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200211493

Direct application

Apply now

Information on the application procedure

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.


Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.



“I enjoyed that all the lecturers and teachers were from the industry with firsthand knowledge of the sector. Being able to pick their brains about the industry put myself in a great position moving forward.”

Youth work student

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