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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
4 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018


Aim for a career that combines your passion for sport with the rewards of youth work. Our double degree gives you in-demand skills and knowledge for enabling young people to reach their potential.

The Bachelor of Youth Work/Bachelor of Sport Management expands your career options in youth work and sport management. You’ll develop practical management and leadership skills for both areas, and become an expert in roles where sport and youth work meet.

Youth work encourages young people’s personal and social development, giving them a voice in their communities and society. One of the key tools in this work is recreation and adventure programs. Enjoyable and challenging educational activities help young people to work through issues and build self-confidence.

We give you valuable youth-work and sport-management experience – ensuring you’re job-ready when you graduate.

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

Our professional practice unit offers fieldwork placements – including recreation and outdoor adventure programs. Our sports college also offers placement programs.

Youth work students get to complete 200 hours of fieldwork placement. This can take place at any time throughout the academic year (dependent on organisation needs and student availability).

VU is a leading sports-education provider. When you study sports-related topics with us, you’ll be part of a fantastic community of sports study and achievement.

We offer a huge range of sporting-related courses, dozens of connections with sporting organisations, and cutting-edge facilities.

You’ll benefit from expert lecturers and mentors, and partnerships and affiliations with professional and community sporting clubs, and public-health and education groups. These include:

  • The Real Madrid Graduate School Unversidad Europea
  • Australian Sports Commission
  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • Western Bulldogs Football Club.

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.

Our library gives you constant access to online resources from wherever you are. It also has the following for your use:

  • 14 group study rooms
  • 15 laptops for loan
  • 296 PCs and six Apple MACs
  • printing, copying and scanning
  • WiFi access.

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Help young people to reach their potential with our Bachelor of Youth Work/Bachelor of Sport Management.

Careers in sport management and youth work

You may find work in one of many roles in the following areas:

  • youth work
  • sport management
  • recreation centres and community development.

Youth work job openings are expected to grow strongly in the near future (JobOutlook).

If you continue to our Masters of Teaching (Secondary), you’ll be able to apply for secondary-school teaching positions.


The following are average Australian salaries:

  • youth workers (welfare workers), A$60,000 (JobOutlook)
  • sports coaches, instructors and officials, A$60,800 (JobOutlook)
  • sports managers, A$74,800 (JobOutlook)
  • secondary-school teachers (with additional masters), A$78,000 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To be awarded the double degree of Bachelor of Youth Work/Bachelor of Sport Management students must have satisfactorily completed a total of 384 credit points. The course is made up of 31 core units.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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 understanding and appreciation of the nature, role and significance of recreation for young people in its differing social, political and economic contexts;  
  2. Adapt their knowledge and skills of youth work, recreation and sport management practice in diverse contexts including policy, practice and management;  
  3. Practise and apply knowledge and skills in youth work, recreation and sport management contexts in order to empower young people in community settings;  
  4. Apply generic and specialist understandings and skills that enable professional effectiveness in youth work, recreation and sport management settings (eg. oral and written communication, self-reliance, teamwork, research);  
  5. Demonstrate specialist knowledge of the functions of youth workers and recreation and sports leaders in a range of management roles that are suitable for application in a variety of service organisations (professional sport and recreation clubs, state and national sport and recreation agencies, leisure centres, stadiums and facilities, community service organisations, outdoor recreation service providers, all levels of government sport and recreation services, commercial sport and recreation services, and sports management consultancies);  
  6. Plan and implement youth work, recreation and sport management programs and activities for young people they work with;  
  7. Demonstrate and apply a range of leadership, delivery and facilitation skills for use in youth work and sport management settings;  
  8. Clearly and coherently articulate the social and political dimensions of disadvantage, in particular how it relates to young people;  
  9. Take responsibility and accountability for their own learning and professional practice in collaboration with Youth Work, recreation and sport management industry professionals and practitioners.  

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.


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: Pathways are available from a range of VET courses including: Diploma in Youth Work; Diploma in Sport Development; Diploma in Fitness; Diploma in Sport and Recreation and Diploma in Sport Coaching. Applicants with relevant VET study may also be considered.
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or experience in the community, sports, youth work and Outdoor recreation may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

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.

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 degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Sport Development


You will be credited for up to 12 credit points of study.

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.

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