Intakes: 

2020: February, July

Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2020: A$11,600*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Make a difference with this Community Development course by aiming for an ethical and worthwhile career building strong, sustainable communities in Australia. 

Our Bachelor of Community Development gives you the skills and knowledge for various roles in local community development. The course units are focused on practical skills to help you become an effective community worker. You'll contribute to building the capacity of local communities to make them stronger and be an advocate for change.

You’ll also benefit from extensive placements in community development organisations, with opportunities to travel overseas. We also have a number of university partners which enable study abroad, providing you with excellent opportunities to broaden your world view, build your capacity as a community worker and learn to work in diverse communities.

This combination of knowledge and practical experience will have you job-ready for a rewarding, exciting career.

During your study, you’ll benefit from valuable work placements. In fact, you’ll undertake several hundred hours of work in relevant organisations. This gives you the practical experience needed to confidently begin your career when you graduate.

You’ll have the chance to work with non-government organisations (NGOs), community groups, and government. You may contribute to real campaigns, and learn the different ways in which community organisations operate.

As part of your degree, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a placement overseas. You’ll get to immerse yourself in a different culture and learn first-hand what it means to work in international aid.

Our students have completed placements in the following countries:

  • Timor Leste
  • Fiji
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • India
  • Bangladesh
  • Mauritius
  • Kenya
  • Botswana.

Footscray Park has everything you need, all set within 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.

The 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.

Course e-Brochure

Create a customised brochure in a few simple steps. Your brochure will include country-specific information.

Create an e-brochure

Samantha Suendermann conducting community development activities in India through a VU volunteer program.

Careers in community development

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to apply for work in not-for-profit, community or government sectors.

Job titles include:

  • community development/liaison officer
  • project coordinator
  • advocacy campaigner
  • policy officer
  • international aid worker
  • researcher.

Employment prospects for welfare, recreation and community workers are expected to grow strongly over the next few years (Job Outlook).

Salaries

The average salary for community-development professionals is about A$63,800 (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Community Development students will be required to complete 288 credit points in total consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units;

  • 144 credit points Professional Core studies including 24 credit points of Capstone studies;

  • 1 x 48 credit points of Minor studies.

First Year Core Units

Year 2

Professional Core Units

Plus

24 credit points from one Minor studies

Year 3

Professional Core Units

Plus

Capstone Unit

Plus

24 credit points from one Minor studies

Minors

We are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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

  1. Evaluate community development approaches in both international and local contexts;  
  2. Design community development interventions relating to social and cultural contexts;  
  3. Analyse theory and practice of community development;  
  4. Develop a scholarly approach to researching in community development;  
  5. Exhibit effective communication, advocacy and community organising skills for social change; and  
  6. Interrogate the policy contexts of government and non-government organisations.  

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.

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.

Entry requirements

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 (or equivalent).
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
OR:
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

Direct online applicationFind an education agent

If you have questions about your application, you can:

Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.