Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)

If you truly want to make a difference and improve the lives of those in the community a career in social work is for you.

This course from JNI will give you the advocacy skills you will need to assist within the wider community. You will receive training in counselling, applied psychology and sociology along with lots of practical experience working with individuals and communities in need to ensure you’re ready upon graduation to embark on your new career.

This highly regarded course is taught by industry experts, and combined with a sound theory and practical mix, will ensure you graduate with the best training you can possibly receive.

As part of this course you will need to attend a face-to-face workshop in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

At a glance

Qualification Bachelor Degree

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community workers for membership requirements.

Provider Jansen Newman Institute (RTO 0269)   (RTO 0269)

Year 12 ATAR of 60 or equivalent, OR demonstrated ability/work experience

Study mode
  1. Online
  2. In-class
  1. NSW (Sydney)
  2. Online
Work placement

400 hours in total

Study load 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Assessment Exams, assignments & report writing
Start date Three start dates a year. Contact us about enrolling.
Payment options
  1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP
  2. Upfront payment
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The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) has been approved by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). As a graduate of this course, you'll be able to apply for membership of the ACWA. 

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • advocacy
  • counselling
  • conflict management
  • case management
  • community capacity building

Work placement

This course includes a total of 400 hours of professional work placement (200 hours in Year 2 and 200 hours in Year 3).

This industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Practical workshops

If you study online, you will need to attend a total of 7 days of on-campus workshops throughout the course. These workshops are held in Sydney and Brisbane.

Course structure

There are 24 units in this course.

Total Units: 24

Level 100 units

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Theories of Counselling
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Applied Counselling 1
  • Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis
  • Developing Social Policy
  • Introduction to Community Services
  • Health and Wellbeing

Level 200 units

  • Mental Health and the Community
  • Applied Counselling 2
  • Fieldwork 1
  • Mediation and Conflict Management
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods
  • Managing the Needs of Diverse Clients
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Elective 1

Level 300 units

  • Working with Addicted Populations
  • Fieldwork 2 for Community Services
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Community Development
  • Case Management and Program Development
  • Human Rights and Social Advocacy
  • Elective 1 & 2

Course features

  • Flexible study options – full-time or part-time study done online or on campus.
  • Learn from industry experts and receive plenty of practical experience
  • Upon completion of all level 100 units you may be eligible to receive credits for the Diploma of Applied Social Science qualification; if you leave after completing all level 100 and level 200 units you may be eligible for the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science (Community Services) qualification
  • Hands-on learning experience with a compulsory unit of 400 hours of work placement in a community or welfare organisation
  • Upon graduation you can apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community workers
  • Access to SEEK Learning Online Library

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If you would like to find out more about this course or get some advice, we have Learning Consultants available to assist you.

Our Learning Consultants can:

  • Answer any questions you may have about the course.
  • Give you information about the industry and possible job outcomes.
  • Help you work out whether this the right course for you to get the job you want.
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  • Year 12 ATAR score of 60 or equivalent, OR
  • a completed diploma level course, OR
  • demonstrated ability, including work experience, formal/informal study, or a statement of intent

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you’re an Australian citizen (or hold a permanent humanitarian visa).

Through FEE-HELP, the Australian government pays the amount of your course to the education provider on your behalf. You’ll start paying back this loan (including a 25% loan fee) through the tax system once you earn more than the minimum threshold (which is $54,126 for the 2015-2016 financial year).

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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