Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
084316G
Location:
  • Melbourne
Duration:

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2018 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.85)

Description

Youth Work is an exciting and challenging career involving working for and with young people in a variety of fun and rewarding ways. The key thing that differentiates youth workers from other community service workers is that young people are their primary concern. Youth work acknowledges the social and cultural environments within which young people live and helps foster young people's emotional and social development.

In addition to the core youth work units, students can choose between a major in sociology or a minor in sociology and four specified electives from outdoor leadership and/or healthy development. You will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people.

Our graduates are employed in local government, welfare services, youth justice, educational institutions, substance abuse and homelessness agencies.

The Bachelor of Youth Work responds to community need for highly trained and skilled youth workers to meet the needs of young people in a range of public and community-based settings.

Students will qualify to:

  • function as team members in the delivery of youth services
  • carry out research and policy development
  • develop effective prevention and intervention strategies to understand the issues confronting young people and youth workers.
  • work with young people at both group and individual levels
  • be academically and ethically competent in the discipline.

Students will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people in agencies, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for enabling creative roles in dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Youth Work and Sociology Major

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 YSED100
Knowing young people
HIST106
Australian Indigenous peoples - past and present
SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
PSYC108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
Year 1 - Semester 2 YSED103
Introduction to the youth work sector
YSED104
The developing young person
(Pre: YSED100)
SOCS108
Contemporary society and change
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 YSED203
Building relationships and supporting young people
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
YSED205
Ethical principles and practice of youth work
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
SOCS237
People count: researching quantitatively
Sociology elective 1
(200 level unit)
Year 2 - Semester 2 YSED202
Field placement 1
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
YSED204
Trauma informed practice
(Pre: YSED205, YSED203)
YSED303
Youth work in community and family settings
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
SOCS207
Meaning of life: researching qualitatively
(Pre: 10 credit point in 100 -level Sociology or equivalent)
Year 3 - Semester 1 YSED304
Working with vulnerable young people
(Pre: YSED204, YSED205)
YSED302
Field placement 2
(Pre: YSED202, YSED203)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
SOCS300
Social issues and policy
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100- level Sociology or equivalent)
Year 3 - Semester 2 YSED301
Youth policy and research
(Pre: YSED204, YSED304)
Sociology elective 2
(200 - 300 level unit)
Sociology elective 3
(300 level unit)
Elective

Note: Students must choose either a counselling or sociology subject stream. This is an example course outline for the Bachelor of Youth Work (counselling and sociology minors).

‘Pre:’ – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Sociology Minor and Four Youth Work Electives

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 YSED100
Knowing young people
HIST106
Australian Indigenous peoples - past and present
Youth work Sociology minor 1
(100 level unit)
PSYC108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
Year 1 - Semester 2 YSED103
Introduction to the youth work sector
YSED104
The developing young person
(Pre: YSED100)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Youth work elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 YSED203
Building relationships and supporting young people
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
YSED205
Ethical principles and practice of youth work
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
Youth work Sociology minor 2
(200- level unit)
Youth work elective 2
Year 2 - Semester 2 YSED202
Field placement 1
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
YSED204
Trauma informed practice
(Pre: YSED205, YSED203)
Youth work Sociology minor 3
(200 level unit)
YSED303
Youth work in community and family settings
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
Year 3 - Semester 1 YSED302
Field placement 2
(Pre: YSED202, YSED203)
YSED304
Working with vulnerable young people
(Pre: YSED204, YSED205)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Youth work elective 3
Year 3 - Semester 2 YSED301
Youth policy and research
(Pre: YSED204, YSED304)
Elective Youth work Sociology minor 4
(200 level unit)
Youth work elective 4

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6560 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

International students must meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12, or equivalent:

Victoria

  • Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2018

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 81.65 86.05
Median ATAR to receive an offer 64.65 66.13
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 49.60 58.85

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2018
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
18 36.73%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 14.29%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 22 44.90%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 0 0.00%
International students 0 0.00%
All students 49 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Applying for admission

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

Articulation from another course

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

  • Community Education Worker
  • Local Government Youth Officer
  • School Retention and Participation Officer
  • Youth Activities Officer
  • Youth and Community Worker
  • Youth and Family Mediation
  • Youth Counsellor
  • Youth Development Officer
  • Youth Engagement Worker
  • Youth Health Educator
  • Youth Liaison Worker
  • Youth Officer
  • Youth Outreach Worker
  • Youth Policy Officer
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Youth Welfare Worker
  • Youth Worker

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

More course information

Practicum Units (Industry Experience)

Students are required to complete two practicum placements in the course. In second year, students are required to spend 200 hours in an agency working with young people and, in third year, students will be required to spend 300 placement hours in an agency that works with young people.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

Youth Work is an exciting and challenging career involving working for and with young people in a variety of fun and rewarding ways. The key thing that differentiates youth workers from other community service workers is that young people are their primary concern. Youth work acknowledges the social and cultural environments within which young people live and helps foster young people's emotional and social development.

In addition to the core youth work units, students can choose between a major in sociology or a minor in sociology and four specified electives from outdoor leadership and/or healthy development. You will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people.

Our graduates are employed in local government, welfare services, youth justice, educational institutions, substance abuse and homelessness agencies.

The Bachelor of Youth Work responds to community need for highly trained and skilled youth workers to meet the needs of young people in a range of public and community-based settings.

Students will qualify to:

  • function as team members in the delivery of youth services
  • carry out research and policy development
  • develop effective prevention and intervention strategies to understand the issues confronting young people and youth workers.
  • work with young people at both group and individual levels
  • be academically and ethically competent in the discipline.

Students will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people in agencies, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for enabling creative roles in dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people.

Course duration

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 22-Jul-2019 , 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 08-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 25% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Youth Work and Sociology Major

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 YSED100
Knowing young people
HIST106
Australian Indigenous peoples - past and present
SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
PSYC108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
Year 1 - Semester 2 YSED103
Introduction to the youth work sector
YSED104
The developing young person
(Pre: YSED100)
SOCS108
Contemporary society and change
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 YSED203
Building relationships and supporting young people
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
YSED205
Ethical principles and practice of youth work
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
SOCS237
People count: researching quantitatively
Sociology elective 1
(200 level unit)
Year 2 - Semester 2 YSED202
Field placement 1
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
YSED204
Trauma informed practice
(Pre: YSED205, YSED203)
YSED303
Youth work in community and family settings
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
SOCS207
Meaning of life: researching qualitatively
(Pre: 10 credit point in 100 -level Sociology or equivalent)
Year 3 - Semester 1 YSED304
Working with vulnerable young people
(Pre: YSED204, YSED205)
YSED302
Field placement 2
(Pre: YSED202, YSED203)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
SOCS300
Social issues and policy
(Pre: 10 credit points from 100- level Sociology or equivalent)
Year 3 - Semester 2 YSED301
Youth policy and research
(Pre: YSED204, YSED304)
Sociology elective 2
(200 - 300 level unit)
Sociology elective 3
(300 level unit)
Elective

Note: Students must choose either a counselling or sociology subject stream. This is an example course outline for the Bachelor of Youth Work (counselling and sociology minors).

‘Pre:’ – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Sociology Minor and Four Youth Work Electives

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 YSED100
Knowing young people
HIST106
Australian Indigenous peoples - past and present
Youth work Sociology minor 1
(100 level unit)
PSYC108
Psychological practice: theory and techniques
Year 1 - Semester 2 YSED103
Introduction to the youth work sector
YSED104
The developing young person
(Pre: YSED100)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Youth work elective 1
Year 2 - Semester 1 YSED203
Building relationships and supporting young people
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
YSED205
Ethical principles and practice of youth work
(Pre: YSED103, YSED104)
Youth work Sociology minor 2
(200- level unit)
Youth work elective 2
Year 2 - Semester 2 YSED202
Field placement 1
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
YSED204
Trauma informed practice
(Pre: YSED205, YSED203)
Youth work Sociology minor 3
(200 level unit)
YSED303
Youth work in community and family settings
(Pre: YSED203, YSED205)
Year 3 - Semester 1 YSED302
Field placement 2
(Pre: YSED202, YSED203)
YSED304
Working with vulnerable young people
(Pre: YSED204, YSED205)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Youth work elective 3
Year 3 - Semester 2 YSED301
Youth policy and research
(Pre: YSED204, YSED304)
Elective Youth work Sociology minor 4
(200 level unit)
Youth work elective 4

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2840.00 (2019)
  • Average first year fee: $22720.00 (2019)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $68160.00 (2019)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

The equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate, plus an IELTS overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
Victoria
Apply through VTAC

Career paths

  • Community Education Worker
  • Local Government Youth Officer
  • School Retention and Participation Officer
  • Youth Activities Officer
  • Youth and Community Worker
  • Youth and Family Mediation
  • Youth Counsellor
  • Youth Development Officer
  • Youth Engagement Worker
  • Youth Health Educator
  • Youth Liaison Worker
  • Youth Officer
  • Youth Outreach Worker
  • Youth Policy Officer
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Youth Welfare Worker
  • Youth Worker

English language requirements

Overall score of 6.0. Individual score of 6.0 in writing and speaking, and 5.5 in listening and reading.

More course information

Practicum Units (Industry Experience)

Students are required to complete two practicum placements in the course. In second year, students are required to spend 200 hours in an agency working with young people and, in third year, students will be required to spend 300 placement hours in an agency that works with young people.

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