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Bachelor of Human Services (Ageing)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full time (2 years accelerated) – part-time options also available

  • Start date:

    3 intake dates each year – enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Torrens University Australia

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Community Health Worker | Community Worker | Team Leader | Policy Officer | View all

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What you'll learn

Meet Jacinta – a Torrens University Australia health student

About this course

Contribute meaningfully to the lives of others with the Bachelor of Human Services (Ageing) from Torrens University Australia.

You'll graduate from this course with both the specialised technical knowledge and the interpersonal skills and perspectives required to make a difference in the quality of life of older people. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to build your strategic capacity and leadership abilities to work in a way that will improve communities and influence human service policy.

In this course, you'll study specific elements of aged care including dementia, frailty and end of life care, and build a strong understanding of human service provision generally, with a focus on the policies and circumstances that govern and shape health services. With a capstone unit available, you'll have the opportunity to develop health policy in practice, building your professional skillset before leaving the classroom.

At graduation, you'll be skilled in communication, advocacy, planning and critical thinking, and be capable of responding to complex human issues with sensitivity and professionalism.

Workload and assessment

In order to succeed in your studies, each subject in this course requires a combination of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to about 10 hours a week over 12-week trimesters.

Assessments for this course may take a variety of forms, including:

  • Critical analysis and essay writing
  • Literature reviews
  • Needs assessment
  • Project development and evaluation
  • Participation in online discussion forums


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the university's minimum entry requirements.

  • Have completed an Australian secondary education qualification, or equivalent; OR
  • Have completed or partly completed a qualification at an associate degree-level or above; OR
  • Have completed a VET qualification at certificate IV-level or above; OR
  • Have a Special Tertiary Admission Test percentile rank or equivalent

Torrens University Australia also offers guaranteed entry to students who have achieved at least:

  • An ATAR of 60 or equivalent; OR
  • A GPA of 3.5 in a scale of 7 at another Australian university; OR
  • A Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) rank of 155

All students are also required to demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this human services course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Introduction to ageing
  • Introduction to human services
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Human development across the lifespan
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Digital fluency
  • Frailty care
  • Doing business in the ageing industry
  • Human services policy
  • Ethics and professional practice
  • Understanding dementia
  • End of life
  • Economic principles for the aged environment
  • Human services capstone
Torrens University Australia Torrens University Australia brings together some of the country’s most regarded tertiary institutes across industries like business, design, public health, hospitality, and sports management.

Studying with Torrens means learning from the industry’s best and brightest minds through cutting-edge syllabuses and small classroom environments. By becoming a Torrens student, you will not only have access to Torrens’ state-of-the-art campuses across the nation, you’ll also get to leverage Torrens status as a Laureate International University, and be able to access a global network of over 70 universities across 25 countries.

Torrens schools include; APM College of Business and Communication, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Chifley Business School, Media Design School, Real Madrid Graduate School, Southern School of Natural Therapies and William Blue College of Hospitality.
Torrens Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can study at your own pace. By providing you with on-demand access to course materials and content, you can study when you want, where you want.

Torrens also runs Touch-Point weekend sessions that allow you to hear from industry professionals, chat to lecturers and expand your network.

Torrens students will also have access to Torrens Success Coaches, who will help you align your strengths and learning with your goals. From the moment you are admitted to your course, a Success Coach will be available to help you successfully navigate the educational landscape and build your personal and professional skills.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • Queensland: Brisbane (Fortitude Valley)
  • South Australia: Adelaide (Wakefield Street)

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Human Services (Ageing) from Torrens University Australia.

You may choose to seek employment after graduation in a range of different human services, community and care settings, or take the empathy, perspectives and insight you develop during this course into another community service setting.

In addition to aged care service provision, you may choose to seek employment in advocacy, lobbying or aged care policy development.

Where could a career in health take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Community Health Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Team Leader
  • Policy Officer
  • Housing Officer
  • Service Planner
  • Lifestyle Manager
  • Service/Care Supervisor

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Torrens also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants, including the Vice Chancellor Scholarship and the Regional/Remote Access and Indigenous Access Scholarship.

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.

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