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Human Services (with specialisations), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #710 (BCR) Port Macquarie, Australia| Online
Do you want to make a positive impact on people’s lives? A Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University will give you the skills and knowledge for a dynamic career in human services. Help achieve social justice and create a society where people have access to life-changing services and opportunities.
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The course offers a wide range of specialisations, meaning you can take your career in the direction of your passions. 

Develop resilience and demonstrate your commitment to ethical and sustainable practices, and learn to work respectfully with diverse people and communities.

Course highlights

Charles Sturt University has more than 25 years’ experience delivering human services education, and our Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) is highly valued by industry and employers.

  • Progress your diploma

    This degree supports graduates of the two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Service or similar provided by Australian TAFE and registered training organisations. If you have completed this diploma or similar, the credit awarded towards your degree could reduce the course duration to as little as 1.5 years full-time (3 years part-time).

  • Shape your future career

    Choose from a wide range of specialisations in areas including Australian Indigenous welfare, child and adolescent welfare, disability, gerontology and healthy ageing, mental health and addiction, multicultural welfare and sustainable community development. You can also choose to graduate with a broad-based generic Bachelor of Human Services in case you cannot decide.

  • Graduate industry-ready

    This course is widely recognised as a base-grade qualification to secure employment with a range of human services agencies across the Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments as well as non-government charities and private service providers.

Career opportunities

The diversity of roles and settings in the human services area provides graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) with the flexibility to access a range of career opportunities.

  • Enjoy opportunity across sectors

    Graduates can work in government departments, charities and other non-government agencies within all social service areas.

  • Deliver community services

    Work across a range of community settings as a community development officer or educator, crisis counsellor or multicultural support officer.

  • Enter public service

    Inform and support key services as an aged care professional, careers counsellor, child protection worker, disability care worker, family court counsellor, juvenile justice officer, student counsellor or youth worker.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communication and Human Services
  • Applied Ethics
  • Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
  • Foundations in Social Policy
  • Gerontology Theory and Research
  • Ageing and Professional Practice
  • Facilitating Positive behaviours
  • Grief and Loss
  • Leisure and Social Relations or elective as agreed by Course Director
  • Psychology of Ageing (Common to existing Social Welfare Strand as a restricted elective choice)
  • Case Management (Common to existing Social Welfare Strand)
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 
  • Social Dimensions of Disability
  • Disability Issues for Families
  • Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
  • Foundations of leisure activity
  • Community Leisure and Health Issues
  • Child Welfare Practice
  • Mental Health Practice

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Provider CRICOS 00005F

  • A recognised diploma (or AQF equivalent) from a Registered Training Organisation with a work place learning component (refer to credit and pathways section for details)
  • An ATAR of 60 (including adjustment factors)
  • Successful completion of two University level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies
  • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification undertaken post-secondary schooling
  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification
  • Successful completion of a Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies
  • Successful completion of the CSU Indigenous Access Program
  • Successful application via the Schools Recommendation Scheme

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23040 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23040 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    6656 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6656 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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