Bachelor of Youth Work

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

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Melbourne (58.50)

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 specified youth work units, students study sociology and choose electives from the broad suite of offerings in the Bachelor of Arts. Students 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

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 YSED100
Knowing young people
YSED103
Introduction to the Youth Work Sector
SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
Elective 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 YSED104
The developing young person
YSED105
Ethical Principles and Practice
HIST106
Australian Indigenous Peoples – Past and Present
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 YSED203
Building relationships and supporting young people
(Pre: YSED104, YSED105)
YSED206
Youth Work Counselling
(Pre: YSED105)
SOCS244
Difference & Diversity; Social and Sexual Health
Elective 2
Year 2 - Semester 2 YSED202
Field placement 1
(Pre: YSED203)
YSED204
Trauma informed practice
(Pre:YSED203)
SOCS207
Meaning of life: researching qualitatively
(Pre: 10 cp from Sociology units or DVST100)
SOCS226
Global Youth Cultures
(Pre: 10 cp from 100-level units in Sociology or Youth Work or POLS140)
Year 3 - Semester 1 YSED302
Field placement 2
(Pre: YSED202)
YSED304
Working with vulnerable young people
(Pre: YSED204)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective 3
Year 3 - Semester 2 YSED301
Youth policy
(Pre: YSED304)
YSED303
Community Development
(Pre: YSED302 or DVST304)
Sociology unit 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: $7035 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.

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

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 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 84.90 91.55
Median ATAR to receive an offer 61.20 67.70
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 51.60 59.25

Student Profile

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

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
6 13.04%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 9 19.57%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
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) 25 54.35%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 0 0.00%
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) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 46 100%
  • 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

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

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through VTAC

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.

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

This is the basic degree qualification for youth work in Australia and prepares graduates for a range of positions in Youth Work and community work with young people. The course provides graduates with skills relevant to many different youth services and prepares them for careers in leadership positions in professional youth work and in youth services in Local Government, in education, in State and Federal Government and in the non-for-profits sectors.

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

Pathways to further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to honours study in social sciences in the Bachelor of Arts Honours degree or and then to a range of postgraduate research programs e.g. Masters of Philosophy or PhD.

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 (6 weeks) in an agency working with young people and, in third year, students will be required to spend 300 (8 weeks) 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 specified youth work units, students study sociology and choose electives from the broad suite of offerings in the Bachelor of Arts. Students 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
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-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 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 YSED100
Knowing young people
YSED103
Introduction to the Youth Work Sector
SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
Elective 1
Year 1 - Semester 2 YSED104
The developing young person
YSED105
Ethical Principles and Practice
HIST106
Australian Indigenous Peoples – Past and Present
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 YSED203
Building relationships and supporting young people
(Pre: YSED104, YSED105)
YSED206
Youth Work Counselling
(Pre: YSED105)
SOCS244
Difference & Diversity; Social and Sexual Health
Elective 2
Year 2 - Semester 2 YSED202
Field placement 1
(Pre: YSED203)
YSED204
Trauma informed practice
(Pre:YSED203)
SOCS207
Meaning of life: researching qualitatively
(Pre: 10 cp from Sociology units or DVST100)
SOCS226
Global Youth Cultures
(Pre: 10 cp from 100-level units in Sociology or Youth Work or POLS140)
Year 3 - Semester 1 YSED302
Field placement 2
(Pre: YSED202)
YSED304
Working with vulnerable young people
(Pre: YSED204)
UNCC300
Justice and change in a global world
(Pre: UNCC100)
Elective 3
Year 3 - Semester 2 YSED301
Youth policy
(Pre: YSED304)
YSED303
Community Development
(Pre: YSED302 or DVST304)
Sociology unit 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: $2925.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23400.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $70200.00 (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

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

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.

Career paths

This is the basic degree qualification for youth work in Australia and prepares graduates for a range of positions in Youth Work and community work with young people. The course provides graduates with skills relevant to many different youth services and prepares them for careers in leadership positions in professional youth work and in youth services in Local Government, in education, in State and Federal Government and in the non-for-profits sectors.

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

Pathways to further study

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to honours study in social sciences in the Bachelor of Arts Honours degree or and then to a range of postgraduate research programs e.g. Masters of Philosophy or PhD.

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 (6 weeks) in an agency working with young people and, in third year, students will be required to spend 300 (8 weeks) placement hours in an agency that works with young people.

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