Bachelor of Human Services

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
097208D
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Strathfield
Duration:

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Canberra (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

Description

The Bachelor of Human Services provides the knowledge and skills to prepare graduates for direct practice in diverse areas such as child and family welfare, disability, corrections, and aged care. The course builds from foundation units in the social and behavioural sciences, to study the contexts for practice, the ethics of practice, and has a strong emphasis on developing practice skills for the human services workforce. As well as academic units, students will have two field education placements to consolidate theoretical and practical learning.

Course duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Canberra (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (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).

Off campus at Sponsored Cohorts sites

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
SWTP108
History, purpose and context of social work and human services
Year 1 - Semester 2 SOCS108
Contemporary society and change
PSYC101
Applications of psychology
SWTP109
Human rights, social justice and social work and human services
(Community engagement)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 HMSV204
Working with CALD communities
HMSV203
Theories and Ethics in human services
PSYC200
Lifespan development
or
Elective
HMSV205
Interpersonal Practice skills for human services
Year 2 - Semester 2 HMSV201
Organisations and group processes
Elective HMSV206
Work with children, youth and families
HMSV202
Fieldwork placement 1
(Pre: All first year units, HMSV203, HMSV205)
Year 3 - Semester 1 Elective
or
HMSV301
Professional communication in human services practice
HMSV305
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and human services practice
PSYC200
Lifespan development
or
Elective
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 HMSV306
Mental health, social work and human services
HMSV303
Working with People with Complex Needs
HMSV302
Fieldwork placement 2
(Pre: All Year 2 units, HMSV301, PSYC200, HMSV305, UNCC300)
HMSV304
Capstone workplace project
(Pre: All Year 2 units, HMSV301, PSYC200, HMSV305, UNCC300)

'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

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 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.

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

ACT

  • Pre-Requisites: English Major (142+) or English as an Additional Language (142+)

New South Wales

  • Pre-Requisites: English (Advanced) or English (Standard) (Band 4) or English as a Second Language (Band 4)

Queensland

  • Pre-Requisites: English (4,SA)

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

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.

Professional experience

Students will undertake a minimum of 9 weeks or 300 hours of supervised professional practice across the 2 field education units – one unit (150 hours) in semester 2 second year, and the other (150 hours) in semester 2 third year.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates would be eligible for study in the MSW program subject to the development of appropriate articulation and credit arrangements. The current ASWEAS rules allow MSW programs to offer applicants with the appropriate qualifications (for example a BHS) up to 25% credit towards the MSW.

Bachelor of Human Services degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Masters degree programs.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The Bachelor of Human Services provides the knowledge and skills to prepare graduates for direct practice in diverse areas such as child and family welfare, disability, corrections, and aged care. The course builds from foundation units in the social and behavioural sciences, to study the contexts for practice, the ethics of practice, and has a strong emphasis on developing practice skills for the human services workforce. As well as academic units, students will have two field education placements to consolidate theoretical and practical learning.

Course duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Canberra
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 15-Feb-2021

Off campus at Sponsored Cohorts sites

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 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
SWTP108
History, purpose and context of social work and human services
Year 1 - Semester 2 SOCS108
Contemporary society and change
PSYC101
Applications of psychology
SWTP109
Human rights, social justice and social work and human services
(Community engagement)
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 HMSV204
Working with CALD communities
HMSV203
Theories and Ethics in human services
PSYC200
Lifespan development
or
Elective
HMSV205
Interpersonal Practice skills for human services
Year 2 - Semester 2 HMSV201
Organisations and group processes
Elective HMSV206
Work with children, youth and families
HMSV202
Fieldwork placement 1
(Pre: All first year units, HMSV203, HMSV205)
Year 3 - Semester 1 Elective
or
HMSV301
Professional communication in human services practice
HMSV305
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and human services practice
PSYC200
Lifespan development
or
Elective
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Year 3 - Semester 2 HMSV306
Mental health, social work and human services
HMSV303
Working with People with Complex Needs
HMSV302
Fieldwork placement 2
(Pre: All Year 2 units, HMSV301, PSYC200, HMSV305, UNCC300)
HMSV304
Capstone workplace project
(Pre: All Year 2 units, HMSV301, PSYC200, HMSV305, UNCC300)

'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: $2953.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23624.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $70872.00 (2020)

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

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

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:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Professional experience

Students will undertake a minimum of 9 weeks or 300 hours of supervised professional practice across the 2 field education units – one unit (150 hours) in semester 2 second year, and the other (150 hours) in semester 2 third year.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

Graduates would be eligible for study in the MSW program subject to the development of appropriate articulation and credit arrangements. The current ASWEAS rules allow MSW programs to offer applicants with the appropriate qualifications (for example a BHS) up to 25% credit towards the MSW.

Bachelor of Human Services degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Masters degree programs.

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