Course essentials

VU course code:
ABCD
Location:
Delivery mode:
Face to Face
Duration:
3 years full time or longer for part time

Make a difference with this Community Development course by aiming for an ethical and worthwhile career building strong, sustainable communities in Australia or overseas. 

Our Bachelor of Community Development gives you the skills and knowledge for various roles in either international or local community development. Whichever you choose, you’ll gain a strong understanding of relevant social and political issues.

You’ll also benefit from extensive placements in community development organisations, with opportunities to travel overseas. This combination of knowledge and practical experience will have you job-ready for a rewarding, exciting career.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Community Development courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

[Supp. Desc. Info] Bachelor of Community Development

 


Samantha Suendermann conducting community development activities in India through a VU volunteer program.

Careers in community development

When you graduate with a Bachelor of Community Development, you’ll be ready to apply for work in not-for-profit, community or government sectors.

Job titles

  • Project or volunteer co-ordinator
  • Community development/liaison officer
  • Advocacy campaigner
  • Policy officer
  • International aid worker
  • Researcher.

Salaries

The average salary for community-development professionals is about A$63,800 (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Employment prospects for welfare, recreation and community workers are expected to grow strongly over the next few years (Job Outlook).

NGO & community placements

During your study, you’ll benefit from valuable work placements. In fact, you’ll undertake several hundred hours of work in relevant organisations. This gives you the practical experience needed to confidently begin your career when you graduate.

You’ll have the chance to work with non-government organisations (NGOs), community groups, and government. You may contribute to real campaigns, and learn the different ways in which community organisations operate. 

Overseas placements

As part of your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a placement overseas. You can immerse yourself in a different culture and learn first-hand what it means to work in international aid.

Our students have completed placements in various countries including Timor Leste, Fiji, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Kenya and Botswana.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate community development approaches in both international and local contexts;  
  2. Design community development interventions relating to social and cultural contexts;  
  3. Analyse theory and practice of community development;  
  4. Develop a scholarly approach to researching in community development;  
  5. Exhibit effective communication, advocacy and community organising skills for social change; and  
  6. Interrogate the policy contexts of government and non-government organisations.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Community Development students will be required to complete 288 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units;

  • 144 credit points Professional Core studies including 24 credit points of Capstone studies;

  • 1 x 48 credit points of Minor studies.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

Professional Core Units

Plus

24 credit points from one Minor studies listed below

Year 3

Professional Core Units

Plus

Capstone Units

Plus

24 credit points from one Minor studies listed below

Minors

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent). Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

Browse our other Community Development courses or send us an enquiry to be notified of updates relating to this course.

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