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Bachelor of Human Services (Disability)

  • 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 | Care Manager | View all

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What you'll learn

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About this course

Make a career out of helping people with the Bachelor of Human Services (Disability) from Torrens University Australia.

In this course, you'll develop a solid understanding of the historical, theoretical and philosophical theories that inform our view of disability today, and learn how social theory has influenced modern healthcare and human services policy. Building on that strong academic knowledge, this course offers a capstone research unit in your choice of specialised area, making your study relevant to both your areas of interest and the practical working environment.

You'll build towards a career by studying the governance and economics of human services - opening up potential career paths in management and policy design, and the ability to create real change within the sector.

An option to study this course either on campus or online makes it flexible and accessible for all students, and an accelerated study option means you could graduate within two years of starting your studies.


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 human services
  • Introduction to disability studies
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Human development across the lifespan
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Digital fluency
  • Understanding social theories
  • Inclusive practices
  • Human services policy
  • Ethics and professional practice
  • Doing business in the disability sector
  • Individualised service planning and delivery
  • Governance, planning and evaluations
  • Economic principles for the disability sector
  • Determinants of health and wellbeing for people with disabilities
  • 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 (Disability) from Torrens University Australia.

You'll be able to pursue employment in a range of different community health, human service and care settings, or may take the skills, perspectives and empathy you develop during your studies into another area.

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

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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