Bachelor of Youth Work

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Multi-mode
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC code
1200211491
ATAR
58.50 for Melbourne
Fees (first year)*

$10494 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised

Overview

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 and skilled youth workers to work with young people. It is an inclusive program that provides students with theoretical insights and practical competencies. You can choose a minor in sociology or sociology elective units. Study with us to empower the vulnerable and make a positive difference.

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Professional experience

You will be required to complete 500 hours.

Work placement

During the course students are required to complete two practicum placements in agencies working with young people. In second year, students are required to complete 200 placement hours (6 weeks) and, in third year, students will be required to complete 300 hours (8 weeks).

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • local government youth work
  • youth advocacy
  • youth and family mediation
  • 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).

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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

or

PHCC102 Being Human

or

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

or

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 between states. 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

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:


StatePrerequisites

New South Wales

Assumed knowledge: 2 units of English (any) (Band 3)

Victoria

Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

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

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course: 

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

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.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$10494 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates  and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

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 

Scholarships

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.  

Search our scholarships 

 

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Melbourne

Apply through VTAC

VTAC code 1200211491

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Testimonial

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“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.”

Mark
Youth work student
 

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