Bachelor of Youth Work

Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University
  • Awarded by

    Edith Cowan University (RTO 4756)

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree + Undergraduate Unit

  • 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

    Youth Worker | Youth Support Worker | Youth Development Officer | Youth Activities Officer | View all

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Last modified: 31 Oct 2019

In a Nutshell

If you're passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people, a career in youth work is perfect for you – and a Bachelor of Youth Work from Edith Cowan University could be your first step towards that dream career.

This all-encompassing degree combines the essentials of youth work practice with complementary studies in community work. You'll cover the key theories and principles of working with young people within the community, as well as studying complementary areas of study such as Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies, Addiction Studies, Community Work, Criminology, Psychology, Counselling, Visual Arts, Media and Communication, Events Management and Outdoor Adventure. You'll also complete a year-long practical placement to gain real-world experience and skills.

It's your choice whether to study full-time (three years) or part-time (six years), online or on-campus at ECU Joondalup. Upon graduation, you'll be ready to pursue a meaningful career working with young people in a variety of environments and settings, helping them get their lives off to the best possible start.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


    You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a minimum indicative of ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
    • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
    • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
    • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU's standard requirements; OR
    • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
    • Meet ECU's English Competency requirements.

    Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent.

    If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU's Experience-Based Entry Scheme.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this youth work course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Youth Issues
    • Interpersonal and Helping Skills
    • Principles of Youth Work
    • Working with Groups
    • Youth Work Professional Placement
    • Vulnerable People and Communities
    • Ethics in Human Services
    • Theories of Youth
    • Ideology and Youth Work Practice
    • Strategies for Social Change
    • Inclusive Youth Work Practice
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  • Why Edith Cowan University?

    Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

    ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

    From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

    Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

    When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

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 Youth Work from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are prepared to apply for positions in the youth work sector in a variety of settings, such as local, state and federal government agencies, local community organisations, national charities, schools and activity centres.

Graduates may also choose to pursue further study with a Graduate Certificate in Social Science.

Wondering where a career in youth work could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Community Worker, Youth Worker, Community Development Youth Worker, Indigenous Youth Worker, Recreational Youth Activities Worker, Residential Support Worker, Youth and Family Services Officer.

Let's Talk Price

Students may pay for this course upfront or through a government HECS-HELP loan (eligibility criteria applies).

Scholarships and ECU Student Loans are also available to eligible students.


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 $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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