Bachelor of Youth Work

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  • Qualification:
    Undergraduate, Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
  • Start date:
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  • Awarded by:
    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Youth Worker | Youth Support Worker | Youth Development Officer | Youth Activities Officer | Youth Welfare Worker | View All

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Course Rundown

If you’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people, a career in youth work is perfect for you – and a Bachelor of Youth Work from Edith Cowan University could be your first step towards that dream career.

This all-encompassing degree combines the essentials of youth work practice with complementary studies in community work. You’ll cover the key theories and principles of working with young people within the community, as well as studying complementary areas of study such as Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies, Addiction Studies, Community Work, Criminology, Psychology, Counselling, Visual Arts, Media and Communication, Events Management and Outdoor Adventure. You’ll also complete a year-long practical placement to gain real-world experience and skills.

It’s your choice whether to study full-time (three years) or part-time (six years), online or on-campus at ECU Joondalup. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to pursue a meaningful career working with young people in a variety of environments and settings, helping them get their lives off to the best possible start.


You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative of ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s standard requirements; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements.

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent.

If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme.

In this youth work course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Youth Issues
  • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
  • Principles of Youth Work
  • Working with Groups
  • Youth Work Professional Placement
  • Vulnerable People and Communities
  • Ethics in Human Services
  • Theories of Youth
  • Ideology and Youth Work Practice
  • Strategies for Social Change
  • Inclusive Youth Work Practice

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

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:

Western Australia: Joondalup

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Youth Work from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are prepared to apply for positions in the youth work sector in a variety of settings, such as local, state and federal government agencies, local community organisations, national charities, schools and activity centres.

Graduates may also choose to pursue further study with a Graduate Certificate in Social Science.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (eligibility criteria applies).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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