Course essentials

VU course code:
ABYW
Location:
Duration:
3 years
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
074356D
Fees:
2018: A$10,800 per semester

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

Youth work improves young people’s personal and social development, helping them to develop a voice and sense of place in their communities.

In our Bachelor of Youth Work, you'll gain a solid professional foundation for working with young people, and the specialist knowledge to support those who need it the most. You’ll graduate with the skills to help young people through activities that are enjoyable, challenging and educational.

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 and other relevant areas. Professional work placements, combined with passionate teaching staff, will prepare you for a rewarding career.

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

Placements

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

Youth work students get to complete 200 hours of fieldwork placement throughout the academic year, at times that suit your host's needs and your availability.

Study in Sydney

VU is delivering the first Bachelor of Youth Work to be offered in Sydney, at Youth Action in Woolloomooloo. In 2018, we hope to offer the course in Newcastle, Sydney and Shellharbour.

Our Sydney 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. You'll study the same units as our Melbourne degree through a blend of intensive face-to-face delivery, online modules and virtual classrooms. Course credits are available for your qualifications and youth-work experience, letting you complete the qualification sooner.

Contact our NSW Youth Work lecturers for more information.

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.

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Careers

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 objectives

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.  

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

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.

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. Applicants with relevant VET study may be considered.
  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.
  • International: Completion of a secondary school qualification equivalent to Australia’s year 12 or VCE qualification. IELTS or equivalent minimum 6.0 (no band less than 6)
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience may be considered on the basis of equivalence.

English language requirements

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

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 degree. 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 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.

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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.

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