Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations)

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Charles Sturt University
  • Awarded by

    Charles Sturt University

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full time; 6 years part time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Community Development Officer | Youth Worker | Aged Care Worker | Child Protection Officer | View all

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  • In a Nutshell

    Want to make a difference in people's lives? The skills and knowledge you'll gain in this Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University will help you pursue a career that provides opportunities and improves the lives of some of our society's most vulnerable people.

    Designed for people who have started or completed vocational study in community and human services, this qualification will equip you with the foundation theoretical knowledge and relevant skills to thrive in the exciting and meaningful world of human services. If you're looking to grow your career prospects and want a practical, flexible pathway, this qualification is for you. 

    You can also choose to graduate with a general human services degree in order to pursue employment in a broad range of human services agencies, government departments and organisations, which this course is widely recognised for. Study subjects that align with your personal interests and career goals! Choose from a wide range of specialisations, including sustainable community development, gerontology and healthy ageing, multicultural welfare, disability, Australian indigenous welfare, child and adolescent welfare, or mental health and addiction. 

    Make your career an enriching and rewarding one; not just for you, but for the community! This course will help you support people from diverse backgrounds and communities access to life-changing services and opportunities. Follow your passion for social justice to start on a new path of employment. 

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • A recognised diploma (or AQF equivalent) from a Registered Training Organisation with a workplace learning component; OR
    • An ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors); OR
    • 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; OR
    • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher level qualification undertaken post-secondary schooling; OR
    • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification; OR
    • 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; OR
    • Successful completion of the CSU Indigenous Access Program; OR
    • Successful application via the Schools Recommendation Scheme; AND
    • Standard English Language Proficiency requirements
  • Subject Breakdown

    In this human services course, subjects you may study include:

    • Communication & Human Services
    • Fields of Practice
    • Introduction to Human Services
    • Social Work Theory and Practice 1 – Foundations of Practice
    • Social Work Theory and Practice 2 – Micro Practice
    • Research Methods
    • Law for the Human Services
    • Social Work Field Education
    • Mental Health
    • Indigenous Australian Culture, History & Contemporary Realities
    • Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
    • Introductory Sociology
    • Foundations of Social Policy
    • Ethics and Social Work Practice
    • Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Service Workers
    • Social Work and Human Rights
    • Health Psychology
    • Community Analysis
    • Facilitating Positive Behaviour
    • Introduction to Addiction Studies
    • Child Abuse and Child Protection
    • Welfare Practice with Children, Young People and their Carers
    • Young People and Crime
    • Child and Adolescent Psychology
    • Community Analysis
    • Child & Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    • Working with Child Protection
    • Social Work and Human Rights
    • Indigenous Health
    • Indigenous Australian Cultures
    • Indigenous Australian History
    • Indigenous Australians and Psychology an Introduction
    • Community Analysis
    • Child & Adolescent Welfare in Aboriginal Communities
    • Case Management
    • Facilitating Positive Behaviour
    • Social Dimensions of Disability
    • Holistic Eco-Social Approaches in Mental Health
    • Grief, Loss and Change
    • Social Work and Human Rights
    • Indigenous Australian Cultures
    • Women in Islam
    • Community Analysis
    • International Social Development
    • Developing Cross Cultural Competencies
    • Gerontology Theory and Research
    • Introduction to Ageing
    • Social Work and Human Rights
    • Psychology of Ageing
    • International Social Development
    • Holistic Eco-Social Approaches and Disaster Recovery
    • Holistic Eco-Social Practice in Human Services
    • Holistic Eco-Social Approaches to Global Governance and Policy


  • Why Charles Sturt University?

    One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology. Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

    CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

    You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

  • Campus locations

    This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

    You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Human Services (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University.

    You'll be qualified to pursue employment opportunities in government departments, charities and other non-government agencies within a range of different social service areas, depending on the specialisations you choose. If you care about social justice and want to work to ensure all people thrive, this qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to turn your passion into a rewarding new career. 

    You may choose to seek employment across a broad range of employers, including with local or state government departments, agencies, charities and other non-government agencies and in the private sector. 

  • Career Outcomes

  • Let's talk price

    Charles Sturt University offers upfront payment for this course. You may also be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place if you meet citizenship and residency requirements, allowing you to defer part or all of your course fees.

    Enquire now to find out more about your options.


    You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year). 


    Find out more about government study loans here.

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