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1.5 years full time or longer for part time.
Delivery mode:
Blended, Workplace
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Develop your skills and leadership style to make a difference to the lives of young people with a Diploma of Youth Work at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will enhance your ability to build strong relationships with young people and achieve positive outcomes. You’ll gain confidence to take responsibility for developing and facilitating programs to meet their social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs.

A practical fieldwork placement will help prepare you for work in this challenging but rewarding industry. You’ll graduate with the ability to make important decisions about youth at risk. You’ll also have specialist skills and knowledge in:

  • effective communication
  • needs assessment, service delivery and case management
  • advocacy and empowerment
  • child protection
  • community education and group activities
  • legal and ethical frameworks
  • workplace safety and first aid.

Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate. You’ll consolidate and deepen your skills and knowledge through a practical fieldwork placement working directly with youth.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • guest speaker presentations
  • workshops
  • scenario-based learning and assessments.

Victoria University Polytechnic, as part of Victoria University, believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. VU works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region. Through our extensive pathway options, we are also making higher education more accessible for young people and people of all ages.

Studying youth work with us means you will be learning in an environment that values and embodies the principles of community empowerment and opportunity.

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.

Careers in youth work

This industry-focused diploma will further develop your skills and knowledge for a challenging but rewarding career in youth work. Youth workers operate in a demanding and constantly changing industry with a high level of skill and expertise. Youth work can also offer a diverse and exciting career path, and prospects are strong with employment expected to grow strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook).

You will be prepared for roles with some level of supervision and/or coordination responsibility. You could find employment in community, government or youth sector agencies in a range of areas such as:

  • psycho-social support services (including residential, day program and outreach)
  • recreational programs
  • juvenile justice
  • housing
  • schools.

Potential job titles include:

  • youth justice worker
  • youth program coordinator
  • senior youth worker
  • youth work team leader
  • case manager
  • youth project officer
  • youth services coordinator
  • youth and family services coordinator
  • youth development worker.

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be credited for up to 96 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work, a student must successfully complete a total of twenty-one (21) units of competency, comprising of:

  • seventeen (17) core units, and;
  • four (4) elective units, of which:
  • at least one (1) must be selected from Practice elective units;
  • at least one (1) must be selected from General elective units, and;
  • up to two (2) units may be selected from any endorsed training packages or accredited courses relevant to the work outcome.

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



Practice Electives

General Electives


Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Previous completion of units at the Polytechnic or any other Registered Training Organisation and/or previous attainment of skills and knowledge may be credited towards this course. Units must satisfy the completion rules of the qualification and be assessed as appropriate by the Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of people with responsibility for the development and the outcomes of programs and services for young people managed through a range of agencies and designed to meet the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people. This work may be undertaken through employment in community, government and welfare agencies.

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.

Entry requirements

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. 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 -
- Working with Children Check -

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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