Diploma of Applied Social Science

  • Qualification:


  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    7 months accelerated full-time; 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Social Justice Advocate | Sociologist | Counsellor | Community Development Officer | Social Justice Researcher | View All

Course Rundown

Take the first step in an exciting, people-focused career by studying this flexible Diploma of Applied Social Science course. 

Designed for students seeking an introduction to social sciences, this foundation course covers key areas of social analysis, sociological theory, social methods and social policy, and equips students with the skills and knowledge required to start an exciting and challenging new career working to develop our society. 

In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to study a range of social sciences and methods, including counselling, sociology, social research and social policy development. A variety of assessment options, including quizzes and reflective work, will equip you with the skills, knowledge and critical interpersonal skills required to work in this dynamic, people-focused sector. 

With an accelerated study option, you could complete this qualification within seven months. Part-time study is also available. 

If you’re seeking an exciting and challenging career, this qualification will help you take your first step.



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

  • Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 56; 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:

  • 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 well-being

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:

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Diploma of Applied Social Science from Jansen Newman Institute. 

The first step in an exciting career working in social sciences, this qualification will enable you to seek employment in a wide range of roles in the social sciences and social policy sectors, including working in community health care, social policy development and research, and interpersonal care. 

This qualification will introduce you to theories and approaches of a range of social sciences. After completing this qualification, you may choose to specialise your knowledge and build on your qualification by undertaking further study in sociology, social research or public policy development. 


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!