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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.

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

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
– Masters
– Doctorate

The course is three 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.

Graduates of this degree will / have:

1.Broad and coherent knowledge of Australia’s public health and community service policies, practices, funding, regulations and services.
2. A global perspective on developments over time in public health and community services and their implications for Australian policies and practices.
3. 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.
4. Communication skills in written and oral form to present clear and coherent knowledge and ideas to colleagues, research subjects, individuals and diverse communities.
5. 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.
6. Collaborate with colleagues to work in a professional setting exercising the highest standards of ethical behaviour required of a health and community services practitioner.
7. Critically evaluate theories, policies and research in health and community services and apply to professional practice in health and community services.
8. Build inclusive cultures to integrate the varied needs of diverse individuals and communities into professional practice.

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

– Community health worker or manager
– Social welfare worker
– Child protection agent
– Early intervention professional
– Government policy advisor
– Community development
– Juvenile justice case worker
– Disability services professional
– Support network manager
– Mental health case worker
– Migrant support worker
– Homeless worker
– Senior youth officer


300 - 12.5 credit points each subject

3 Years full time or 6 years part-time

On Campus

24 Subject (4 subjects per semester)

Compulsory, embedded throughout the course

20 Hours/week plus approximately 16 hours of private study hours/week






Successful completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 25 in English, or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Successful completion of the VCE with an ATAR of 65, or its equivalent interstate / international year 12 qualification.




Completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test Written English.

  • Satisfactory completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test.
  • Completion of an Australian diploma or higher.
  • Partial completion of an Australian degree.
  • Evidence of relevant employment experience and written statement.




One Of.

  • An Australian diploma.
  • 6.5 in IELTS (with no band less than 6.0).
  • Any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, PTE).
  • Completion of an approved English foundation course.

    Year 12 certificate or equivalent international qualification.

Additional Entry Requirements.

Working with Children Check and Police Check.

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check. A Police Check may also be required prior to a placement.