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Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Workplace

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

Gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to work in the community welfare sector with a Diploma of Community Services at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will enhance your existing knowledge in direct service work and client support so that you can make a genuine difference in people’s lives.

You will learn to develop and deliver programs and services that meet various needs of individuals and families. We’ll train you to take a holistic approach to providing social, behavioural, psychological and practical support for clients. Our diploma emphasises the skills for delivering community services in a leadership capacity.

As part of your studies, you will gain valuable practical experience through undertaking a fieldwork placement. You could do this in an international location; in 2016, students went to Malaysia. Your placement will provide you with networks and confidence to work in a variety of residential and community settings.

Award-winning learning model

This course is delivered through Victoria Polytechnic’s award-winning blended learning model that combines face-to-face workshops with flexible,user-friendly eLearning activities.

Careers in community services

The welfare and community services sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing (JobOutlook). This course has an emphasis on developing the skills required for leadership roles. You’ll be prepared to address the social, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of the community.

Working in community services is demanding but rewarding, and offers diverse opportunities. You could work in welfare organisations, government departments or not-for-profit organisations across a range of areas including:

  • mental health
  • homelessness
  • family and domestic violence
  • child protection
  • employment support
  • migrant services.

Example job titles include:

  • women’s advocate
  • group facilitator
  • community corrections officer
  • case worker or manager
  • pastoral care counsellor
  • client service assessor
  • community services worker
  • family violence support worker
  • migrant/refugee advocate
  • program coordinator or manager
  • migrant resource and support worker
  • juvenile justice worker
  • child protection worker
  • mental health support worker.

Course structure

To be awarded CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, a student must successfully complete a total of sixteen (16) units of competency, consisting of:

  • eight (8) core units, and;

  • eight (8) elective units, consisting of:

  • at least six (6) units from the electives listed in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services qualification, and;

  • up to two (2) units from the electives listed in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services qualification or any endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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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.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working With Children Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.

The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
• Police record check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
• WWC check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

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.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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

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