Bachelor of Youth Work

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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.


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.


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).


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 any of the following course(s) at VU, 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.

CHC50413 - Diploma of Youth Work

You will be credited for 4 units (half a year) of study upon completion of CHC50413 - Diploma of Youth Work. Students are encouraged to apply for additional advanced standing if they have successfully completed additional studies (for example CHC40413 - Certificate IV in Youth Work, CHC43215 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, and/or CHC43115 - Certificate IV in Disability) or have employment experience 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

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

  1. Critically review their knowledge and practice of youth work practice and its role in empowering young people;  
  2. Analyse, implement and evaluate the nature, role and significance of youth work in its differing social, political and economic contexts;  
  3. Articulate their knowledge and skills in diverse contexts including youth work policy, practice and management;  
  4. Contextualise generic knowledge and skills that enable professional effectiveness in youth work settings;  
  5. Demonstrate broad and in-depth knowledge and skills for working with young people in community settings;  
  6. Clearly and coherently articulate the social and political dimensions of disadvantage, in particular how it relates to young people;  
  7. 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

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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

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: 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.
  • Other: For the Sydney cohort, all students must hold a Diploma of Youth Work or a Diploma of Community Services and be working in the Industry. They are then initially provided the three units as advanced standing that are common to those pathways and only after submitting a portfolio of experience are any other units made available for RPL. Any assessments of advanced standing and RPL will comply with the University’s Advanced Standing Procedures.
    Students will require a Working with Children Check to be eligible to undertake and participate in workplace visits, placements or projects. Use the following site link to obtain additional information:

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Direct applications due 20 July 2017.

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