Professional Practice

The aim of industry placement program is to prepare you for the world of work and assist in applying your newly acquired skills and knowledge in real lifework environments. It also allows you to make meaningful connections with potential employers that may be able to employ you upon completion of your degree, or act as a work reference for other employment opportunities.

Placement Handbook

The placement handbook is an essential resource for students, identifying what to expect and how to conduct themselves whilst on placement.

Placement Contracts

For external placement organisations wishing to facilitate SCEI-HE students for placement, please download, populate and return our placement contract.

Placement Requirements

A document specifically outlining the student’s preparation requirements prior to attending placement is downloadable below.

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Bachelor of Health
and Community Services

The Bachelor of Health and Community Services combines multiple key health and social science disciplines to arm students with the most effective collection of skills and knowledge required to make a positive difference in the growing field of community health care and social services.


The BHCS is provisionally accredited with ACWA, the Australian Community Services Association, enabling our students to register with this professional association upon successful completion of their studies.


Students undertake a well-balanced, rigorous and comprehensive range of subjects and assessment that introduces them to sociology theory, psychology, counseling practice, nutrition studies, public policy, health ethics, epidemiology, statistics, cross-cultural communication, workplace leadership and management and much more.

300 Credit Points

Full Time 3 Years

Part Time 6 Years

On Campus

24 Subjects 4 per Semester

Placement Compulsory

Embedded throughout the course


Students interested in progressing further in this area, may choose to study one of the following areas on completion of the Bachelor of Health and Community Services:


Graduate Diploma




The course is 3 years full-time and comprises 24 subjects.
A full time load is 4 subjects per semester which is 12-14 weeks in length.


Each subject carries a time commitment of 3 – 4 hours of face to face tuition and to up to 6 hours of private study per week.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the 099214A Bachelor of Health and Community Services may find employment with government, private enterprise and not-for-profit organizations. Graduate employment opportunities include:

• Community health worker or manager
• Social welfare worker
• Child protection agent

• Early intervention professional
• Government policy advisor
• Community development

• Disability services professional
• Support network manager
• Mental health case worker

• Migrant support worker
• Homeless worker
• Senior youth officer

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this degree will have:

  • Broad and coherent knowledge of Australia’s public health and community service policies, practices, funding, regulations and services.
  • A global perspective on developments over time in public health and community services and their implications for Australian policies and practices.
  • Exhibit depth of knowledge in the principles and concepts required of a community health services practitioner including ethical practice, community health, communities of practice and place, counselling, multidisciplinary care, social welfare, health and community assessments and interventions.
  • Communication skills in written and oral form to present clear and coherent knowledge and ideas to colleagues, research subjects, individuals and diverse communities.
  • Cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgment to independently solve problems and be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to work in a professional setting exercising the highest standards of ethical behaviour required of a health and community services practitioner.
  • Critically evaluate theories, policies and research in health and community services and apply to professional practice in health and community services.
  • Build inclusive cultures to integrate the varied needs of diverse individuals and communities into professional practice.

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