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Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    3 years part time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Career Outcomes:

    Community Worker | Youth Worker | Parole Officer | Disability Support Worker | View all

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About this course

This Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) online course provides industry-recognised training in community services and social work.

The course has been specially designed for graduates of Australian TAFEs and other RTOs who have completed a two-year full-time (or equivalent) diploma under the CHC08 Community Services Training Package approved in 2009, and the superseded CHC02 Community Services Training Package V3.

These courses include:

  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Development
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Diploma of Disability
  • Diploma of Youth Work

This course is ideal for those students who wish to meet the base grade qualification for employment within the human services sector, but who do not desire membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASA).


Applicants must demonstrate their likelihood of success through successful completion of a two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar. Other attainments or experience may be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Areas of study

In this Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) course, the subjects you will study include:

These core subjects:

  • Communication and human services
  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Foundations in social policy
  • Psychology of ageing
  • Research methods
  • Developing cross-cultural competencies
  • Community analysis

Restricted electives (choose one):

  • Gerontology theory and research
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Child abuse and child protection
  • Drugs and alcohol: historical perspective
  • Foundations in criminology
  • Crime delinquency and social welfare
  • Juvenile justice 1 - context
  • Juvenile justice 2 - practice
  • Law for the human services 2
  • Introduction to leisure and health
  • Foundation of leisure activity
  • Leisure programming and diverse populations
  • Community leisure and health issues
  • Leisure and social relations
  • Political ideas
  • Gender, family and society
  • Sociology of health and health care
  • Fame and social control
  • Policy, power and social action
  • Rurality in a globalised world
  • Environment and society
  • Immigration and settlement policy
  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling 1
  • Drugs, alcohol and gambling 2
  • Social dimensions of disability
  • Disability issues for families
Charles Sturt University One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 16 campuses in the eastern states of Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) from Charles Sturt University.

With the knowledge and training obtained from completing this degree, you will be qualified for a range of social services roles in government departments, advocacy and charity groups and private agencies.

Prospective fields of practice include child and adolescent welfare, family support, aged and disability care, labour market and retraining programs, community and mental health services, migrant support, neighbourhood and local government services, drug, alcohol and gambling rehabilitation and youth justice programs.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

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

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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