Bachelor of Youth Work

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  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

Empower young people to take control of their lives.

The Bachelor of Youth Work will enable you to help young people confront social problems.

It will provide you with a sound professional foundation for working with young people. It will teach you the specialist skills and knowledge to provide appropriate individual support for young people who are struggling with aspects of their lives.

Careers

VU’s Bachelor of Youth Work is the largest course of its kind in Australia, providing you with a broad range of career opportunities when you graduate. Professional work placements, combined with a passionate teaching staff and a diverse student body, will prepare you for a rewarding career that makes a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.

Job titles

  • Youth worker
  • Case manager
  • Counsellor
  • Family support worker
  • Drug and alcohol worker

Organisations employing youth work graduates

Graduates can find employment at local government, schools, rehabilitation and juvenile justice centres and in not-for-profit and community organisations.

Salaries

Welfare support workers in Australia earn an average of A$59,800 per year (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Welfare support workers are in high demand with employment set to grow very strongly up until 2018 (Job Outlook).

Placement

Our students receive practical experience in various areas of the youth work industry, with industry-based learning and professional development a significant component of this course.

Study pathways

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

CHC40413 - Cerificate IV & Diploma of Youth Work

You will be credited for 12 units (a year and a half) of study on completion of the CHC40413 - Certificate IV in Youth Work as well as the CHC50413 - Diploma of Youth Work.

CHC50413 - Cerificate IV & Diploma of Youth Work

You will be credited for 12 units (a year and a half) of study on completion of the CHC50413 - Diploma of Youth Work as well as the CHC40413 - Certificate IV in Youth Work.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

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.

Course objectives

By the completion of this course graduates will be able to:

  • Critically review their knowledge and practice of youth work practice and its role in empowering young people;

  • Analyse, implement and evaluate the nature, role and significance of youth work in its differing social, political and economic contexts;

  • Articulate their knowledge and skills in diverse contexts including youth work policy, practice and management;

  • Contextualise generic knowledge and skills that enable professional effectiveness in youth work settings;

  • Demonstrate broad and in-depth knowledge and skills for working with young people in community settings;

  • Clearly and coherently articulate the social and political dimensions of disadvantage, in particular how it relates to young people;

  • Develop, implement and evaluate a range of leadership functions and skills in a variety of youth and community settings.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Youth Work students will be required to complete:

  • 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) of Core studies

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Admission requirements

  • TAFE: Pathways are available from a range of VET courses. Applicants with relevant VET study may be considered
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

How to apply for this course

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Secondary school students

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 29 September 2016.

Non-secondary school students

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Direct applications due 30 November 2016.

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