Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
On Campus
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Upfront payment
Duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Start date: Enquire for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) (RTO 0269)

Want more course info?

About this course

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) program offered by Jansen Newman Institute in partnership with SEEK Learning will give you education and training in a variety of areas, including sociology, applied psychology, social work and counselling.

Studying this course, you will develop a range of skills in advocacy, counselling, conflict management, group work, case management and community capacity building.

Work placement

As part of this course you will be required to complete 400 hours of mandatory work placement in a community or welfare organisation.


To be eligible for this course you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed Year 12 with an ATAR score of 60, or equivalent; OR
  • Have completed a diploma qualification; OR
  • Have demonstrated ability through work experience, formal/informal study or a statement of intent

Areas of study

In this community services course, the subjects you will study include:

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
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Health and well-being

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 client groups
  • Ethics and professional practice

Level 300 units:

  • Working with addicted populations
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Fieldwork 2 for community services
  • Community development
  • Case management and program development
  • Human rights and social advocacy

You will also be required to complete three elective units.

Want to know more about your support options?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) from Jansen Newman Institute.

By studying this community services program, you will gain the knowledge and experience to be able to work with individuals, groups and communities to improve their wellbeing and social functioning. The skills gained from this course will enable you to apply for roles such as:

  • Alcohol and drug worker
  • Caseworker
  • Client service officer
  • Community social worker
  • Contact supervisor
  • Rehabilitation officer

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

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

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
SEEK Learning offers a vast selection of tertiary and vocational courses through some of Australia’s leading education providers. You can study an accredited TAFE, university and IT course, as well as customised training packages, from recognised course providers. With flexible study and finance options and many courses available through correspondence and online studies, you can gain any number of career-boosting qualifications at your convenience with SEEK Learning.
As a student of JNI, you will receive extensive student support from your course advisor and mentor. You will receive one-on-one study support to help you create goals, study plans and develop strong study skills. You will also have access to over 70 million articles from one of the largest online libraries in Australia.

Get more information

Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

Over 1,000 accredited online courses from leading Australian universities, TAFEs and colleges