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Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online
    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location:

    NSW

  • Career Outcomes:

    Assistant Community Services Worker | Community Worker | Student Counsellor | Community Development Officer | View all

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About this course

Enhance your professional skillset and build a career making a difference in people's lives with this practical online Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) course from Charles Sturt University.

Designed for people who have started or completed vocational study in community and human services, this qualification will equip you with the foundation theoretical knowledge and relevant skills to thrive in the exciting and meaningful world of human services. If you're looking to grow your career prospects and want a practical, flexible pathway, this qualification is for you.

Offering a broad range of specialisations, this qualification allows you to tailor your study to what's most relevant. You may choose to specialise in Indigenous Australian welfare, child and adolescent welfare, disability, gerontology and healthy ageing, mental health and addiction, multicultural welfare or sustainable community development.

You can also choose to graduate with a general human services degree in order to pursue employment in a broad range of human services agencies, government departments and organisations, which this course is widely recognised for.

If you care about social justice and want to work to ensure all people thrive, this qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to turn your passion into a rewarding new career.

Eligibility

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

  • Hold a recognised diploma (or AQF equivalent) from a registered training organisation with a work place learning component; OR
  • Have completed high school with an ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors); OR
  • Have successfully completed two university level subjects (AQF level associate degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the grade point average (GPA) gained in these studies; OR
  • Hold a completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification undertaken post-secondary schooling; OR
  • Have completed 50% of an AQF diploma-level qualification; OR
  • Have successfully completed a tertiary preparation course from an Australian university or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the GPA gained in these studies; OR
  • Have successfully completed the CSU Indigenous Access Program; OR
  • Have successfully applied via the Schools Recommendation Scheme.

English language proficiency requirements also apply.

Areas of study

In this arts and humanities course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Communication & human services
  • Fields of practice
  • Introduction to human services
  • Social work theory and practice 1 - foundations of practice
  • Social work theory and practice 2 - micro practice
  • Research methods
  • Law for the human services
  • Social work field education
  • Mental health
  • Indigenous Australian culture, history & contemporary realities
  • Foundations of psychology for health and human services
  • Introductory sociology
  • Foundations of social policy
  • Ethics and social work practice
  • Indigenous Australian practice for human service workers

 

Mental health and addiction specialisation subjects:

  • Social work and human rights
  • Health psychology
  • Community analysis
  • Facilitating positive behaviour
  • Introduction to addiction studies
  • Holistic eco-social approaches in mental health
  • Case management
  • Addiction - clinical practice in human services

 

Child and adolescent welfare specialisation subjects:

  • Child abuse and child protection
  • Welfare practice with children, young people and their carers
  • Young people and crime
  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Community analysis
  • Child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities
  • Case management
  • Working with child protection

 

Australian Indigenous welfare specialisation subjects:

  • Social work and human rights
  • Indigenous health
  • Indigenous Australian cultures
  • Indigenous Australian history
  • Indigenous Australians and psychology: an introduction
  • Community analysis
  • Child and adolescent welfare in Aboriginal communities
  • Case management

 

Disability specialisation subjects:

  • Social work and human rights
  • Health psychology
  • Community analysis
  • Facilitating positive behaviour
  • Social dimensions of disability
  • Holistic eco-social approaches in mental health
  • Grief, loss and change
  • Case management

 

Multicultural welfare specialisation subjects:

  • Social work and human rights
  • Indigenous Australian cultures
  • Women in Islam
  • Community analysis
  • International social development
  • Developing cross-cultural competencies
  • Grief, loss and change
  • Case management

 

Gerontology and health ageing specialisation subjects:

  • Gerontology theory and research
  • Introduction to ageing
  • Social work and human rights
  • Psychology of aging
  • Community analysis
  • Facilitating positive behaviour
  • Grief, loss and change
  • Case management

 

Sustainable community development specialisation subjects:

  • Social work and human rights
  • Community analysis
  • International social development
  • Grief, loss and change
  • Case management
  • Holistic eco-social approaches and disaster recovery
  • Holistic eco-social practice in human services
  • Holistic eco-social approaches to global governance and policy

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.

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:

  • New South Wales: Port Macquarie

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 Human Services (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University.

This qualification will enable you to pursue employment in a range of community service and human services roles, working directly with people to help them thrive in their communities. You may choose to seek employment in areas including youth counselling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, student support, aged care, disability work, or working with Indigenous Australians.

You may choose to seek employment across a broad range of employers, including with local or state government departments, agencies, charities and other non-government agencies and in the private sector.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Government study loans may be available for eligible students.

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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