Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Community Development Officer | Community Liaison | Assistant Community Services Worker | Community Worker | Social Worker | View All

Course Rundown

Take the first step in a rewarding career helping others by studying this Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) course.

Designed to support the growing social services sector, this introductory course offers a strong foundation of the theories and principles underpinning community work to anyone seeking to start a new career.

If you enjoy working with people, are a strong communicator, and want to work in a field where you can make a real difference in someone else’s life, this course may be your first career step.

In this course you’ll study theories of communication, conflict resolution, community development, ethics, social research and program design and management, and will graduate with relevant and in-demand skills to apply in a variety of roles in people-focused professions.

With a broad range of elective units to choose from, this course provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to specialise in an area of community services interest, including counselling, drug and alcohol management, death and grief, or family and relationship counselling. 

If you’re looking to start a hands-on and dynamic career helping others, this challenging and rewarding course may be your first career step. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60; OR
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level, comprising relevant work experience or formal or informal study or written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success. 

For international students, English language proficiency to equivalent IELTS 6.5 (academic) with no skills band less than 5.5 is also required.

What You’ll Learn

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


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


Elective units:


  • Relationship counselling
  • Applied counselling 3
  • Chronic illness and disability
  • The golden age: Leisure sport and fulfilling lives for older people
  • Counselling for grief and loss
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Working with crisis and trauma
  • Narrative therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Focusing: Enhancing the mind-body connection in therapy
  • Introduction to gestalt therapy
  • Spirituality and psychotherapy
  • Death and dying
  • Protection of children

Why study with Jansen Newman Institute?

The Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) is a highly regarded education provider offering programs in applied social science, counselling and psychotherapy, community services and more.

With a focus on experiential learning, JNI’s nationally-recognised and industry-designed courses ensure that students graduate with both the theoretical and practical skills that are in demand in their field.

JNI is part of the Think: Education Group, which includes some of Australia’s most respected and iconic specialist colleges, and together have educated over 9,500 students.

Student Support

As a student of the Jansen Newman Institute, you will receive extensive student support from your course advisor and mentor.

Have 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!

JNI are all about creating a supportive learning environment to help you thrive! Dedicated Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) support staff are on hand help you be more effective in your study and build your skills. From writing essays and reports to goal setting and exam prep – they’ll guide you through it all (available online and on campus).

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:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

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

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and personal abilities required to work in a range of community services roles across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. You may choose to work in youth programming, drug and alcohol management, community housing, or in community services policy development.

This course will also provide you with opportunities to put your knowledge into practice and develop the communication skills, interpersonal skills and resilience required to work in this challenging and rewarding field. 

Curious about where a career in community services could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Jansen Newman Institute offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront. Other payment options may also be available to eligible students. Enquire now to find out more!