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ATAR:
Not required*
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face
Start date:
25 February 2019
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019

Overview

Make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people with VU’s Bachelor of Youth Work.

In our youth work degree, you'll learn to help young people develop through activities that are enjoyable, challenging and educational.

You'll graduate with:

  • a solid professional foundation for working with young people
  • specialist knowledge to support disadvantaged groups
  • clarity on the services available to teenagers and young adults
  • practical management skills
  • leadership skills.

Our Youth Work degree is the largest in Australia, and is delivered by experts in the field. You'll receive expert guidance from specialist youth sociologists and experienced workers from:

  • disability
  • legal care
  • community development
  • social work
  • other relevant areas.

In addition, you'll undertake substantial professional work placements, and graduate well prepared for a rewarding career.

Our program is professionally accredited by the Youth Workers' Association in Victoria. 

As well as our Melbourne program, we are delivering the first Bachelor of Youth Work to be offered in NSW, for sector professionals wanting to upgrade their qualifications.

During your degree, you’ll receive practical experience in various areas of youth work, through industry-based learning and professional development.

You'll complete 200 hours of fieldwork placement throughout the academic year, at times that suit your host's needs and your availability.

Students have been placed in:

  • alternative education (working with young people whose learning styles do not fit within mainstream schools)
  • local government
  • youth services
  • not-for-profit agencies that support young people who are homeless or recent immigrants, or have mental-health or alcohol and drug issues
  • diversion programs
  • recreation and outdoor adventure programs.

These placements give you hands-on experience helping young people to learn about themselves, others and society generally.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and printed resources.

You'll have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

VU has one of the best campus-wide WiFi networks. We also have more than 4000 computers (PCs and Apple Mac) across our campuses. A central IT helpdesk is also available for support.

Victoria University received the highest rating of five stars for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide.

We believe in inclusiveness, diversity and opportunity. Studying with us means you’ll be learning in an environment that values community empowerment.

VU also works to address refugee issues, and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities.

Our Footscray Park Campus has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • childcare services
  • learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

VU is delivering the first Bachelor of Youth Work to be offered in NSW, as an upgrade course for sector professionals.

Our NSW youth work course lets industry professionals upgrade their Diploma of Youth Work or Diploma of Community Services to a bachelor degree, while working in the sector. Placement requirements may be undertaken in your current workplace, so you can complete these without taking leave.

You need to hold a Diploma of Youth Work (or equivalent) and have industry experience to enrol in our NSW program.

You'll study the same units as our Melbourne degree through a blend of:

  • intensive face-to-face delivery
  • online modules
  • virtual classrooms.

Course credits are available for your qualifications and youth-work experience, letting you complete the qualification sooner.

Designed for industry professionals

Our NSW Bachelor of Youth Work course-delivery has been designed for professionals to complete while working fulltime in the industry.

It includes the delivery of 14 units to ‘top-up’ the knowledge of industry students: see the second and third year of the 'course structure & units' below.

Locations

Currently the course is offered at Youth Action and Policy Association (Woolloomooloo, NSW).

We are hoping to expand our offering to Newcastle and Shellharbour.

Contact VU's Youth Work teaching staff

To contact our NSW Youth Work lecturers for more information, or to express interest in joining the 2018 courses, email nsw.bachelorofyouthwork@vu.edu.au.

Need some advice?

Request a call back from one of our experienced VUHQ course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Careers in Youth Work

VU’s Bachelor of Youth Work provides you with a broad range of career opportunities when you graduate. Graduates can find careers in:

  • local government
  • schools
  • rehabilitation
  • juvenile justice centre
  • not-for-profit and community organisations.

Aim for one of these rewarding roles:

  • youth worker
  • case manager
  • counsellor
  • family support worker
  • drug and alcohol worker.

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

Salaries

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

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

First Year Core units

Year Two

Year Three

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

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

  1. Critically review their knowledge and practice of youth work and its role in empowering young people;  
  2. Analyse, implement and evaluate the role and significance of youth work in diverse social, political and economic contexts;  
  3. Articulate their knowledge and skills in diverse contexts regarding youth work and community development policy, practice and management;  
  4. Contextualise generic knowledge and skills that enable professional effectiveness in youth work and broader community settings;  
  5. Demonstrate broad and in-depth knowledge and skills for working with young people in community settings;  
  6. Clearly 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.  

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.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

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.

Why is ATAR not applicable?

You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).
For NSW applicants only
Completion of the Diploma of Youth Work
PLUS:
Applicants with five years (minimum) supervisory or coordinating experience in a relevant industry.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of two units of Higher Education studies.
OR:
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Human Services or similar.
OR:
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

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: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

Pathways & credits

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

Diploma of Sport Development

SEDA

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

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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