Highlights

  • Specialise in child and family services, youth services, gender crime, Indigenous health, or policy skills and management.
  • 500 hours of professional placement including opportunities in rural and regional Australia, and overseas.
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a community development worker, welfare worker, youth worker, correctional counsellor, mental health, or disability services worker.

Highlights

  • Specialise in child and family services, youth services, gender crime, Indigenous health, or policy skills and management.
  • 500 hours of professional placement including opportunities in rural and regional Australia, and overseas.
  • Prepare yourself for a career as a community development worker, welfare worker, youth worker, correctional counsellor, mental health, or disability services worker.

Why choose this course?

This career-oriented course is flexible and you will select areas of study that align with your interests such as child and family services, youth justice, gender crime, Indigenous health, mental health and disability residential care, or policy skills and management. It prepares you for having an impact on real-world problems through social change activities.

You will complete 500 hours of supervised professional experience which will develop your assessment and intervention skills, and your own practice framework. Our students have completed placements in neighbourhood centres, homelessness and outreach services, youth services, child safety, disability, and residential aged-care facilities. There are also opportunities to complete placements in regional and rural areas, or overseas.

You will learn from passionate staff who are human services practitioners, social workers, counsellors, anthropologists, political activists and advocates. They consult regularly with industry to ensure your degree reflects the emerging priorities of the profession.

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What to expect

Through a number of diverse and rewarding roles, human services practitioners provide support to individuals, families and communities who are experiencing social or economic adversity. They may work directly with clients providing support or advocating on their behalf, manage the delivery of services and support through agencies such as Centrelink, or work for government in the development and implementation of new policies and programs. They are committed to improving social justice and human rights, promoting equitable and accessible services, and actioning social change.

Double degrees

Combine two bachelor degrees into a single course of study. A double degree allows you to specialise in two fields and pursue different interest areas, gaining a broader range of skills and knowledge, and giving you a competitive advantage and greater career flexibility. 

Consider the following double degrees with a Bachelor of Human Services:

  • Business: gain knowledge and skills to add business acumen to roles in staff recruitment and management or promotion of community service programs.
  • Creative Industries: combine creative industries and human services for careers in youth or disability arts, rehabilitation in corrective services, or community and cultural development.
  • Justice: where your human services and justice qualifications position you for a career in policy development, child and family services, Indigenous community work, customs services, court administrative services, non-policy enforcement agencies, or criminology research.
  • Public Health: merge your human services and public health skills in order to deliver support programs in government, NGOs, community and advocacy groups, and not-for-profit organisations.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Our graduates are impact-makers and work with communities and non-government agencies as human service practitioners, policy development officers, program evaluators, community development officers, welfare officers, youth workers, youth justice officers, child protection officers, and child and family professionals. 

Opportunities also exist for graduates to work in aid, development, not-for-profit and human rights agencies in Australia and internationally.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) and graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the ACWA.

Possible careers

  • Aged Services Worker
  • Child Care Professional
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Community Education Officer
  • Community Health Officer
  • Community Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Disability Services Worker
  • Family Services Officer
  • Human Services Practitioner
  • Policy Officer
  • Youth Worker

Details and units

Requirements

ATAR/selection rank threshold
70.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2022.

Don't have a ATAR/selection rank?

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Course code
SW03
QTAC code
425071
CRICOS code
058285C
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Evening only classes are not available.

Duration
3 years full-time

Evening only classes are not available.

Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

 

Year 12 early offer scheme

If you're a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer for this course on the last day of Queensland Year 12, before receiving your ATAR or selection rank.

Find out more about the QUT Year 12 Early Offer Scheme

Helping you to get into your course

If you don't think your ATAR or selection rank is high enough to get into this course, you can guarantee your entry with guaranteed advanced standing by upgrading through one the following programs which you can select as one of your QTAC preferences:

Dual TAFE-Qld Greater Brisbane/QUT award

If you enrol in a QTAC offer in a Diploma of Community Services dual TAFE-Qld Brisbane/QUT award you will automatically receive a QUT conditional offer in June (semester 1 QTAC offer) or October (semester 2 QTAC offer) after your enrolment at TAFE-Qld Greater Brisbane is confirmed.

Upon completion of the TAFE-Qld diploma you will be able to enrol at QUT. You will also automatically receive 1 year (96 credit points) credit transfer and be able to complete the degree in 2 years as a full-time student (or equivalent part-time). More details will be provided in your QUT conditional offer letter.

 

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR or selection rank of 75.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your ATAR/selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your ATAR or selection rank will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your ATAR or selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2021

The figures listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent ATAR students. The entry thresholds box at the top of this page shows the lowest adjusted ATAR/selection rank required to receive an offer for all applicants for the most recent January QTAC offer round.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
Highest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 76.00
Selection rank 76.00
Median ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 74.00
Selection rank 74.00
Lowest ATAR/selection rank
to receive an offer
Selection rank 71.40
Selection rank 71.40

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

ATAR/selection rank
70.00
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 75.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Blue card: You must undergo a criminal history check for working with children and be issued with a suitability card (blue card) before commencing clinical placement/practicum in an organisation where they may work with children or young people.

The processing of your application may take several months so you must submit your blue card application to HiQ as early as possible to ensure you have your card before you begin any unit that requires contact with children. There is no charge for student blue cards. Students who already have a blue card must register it with QUT.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

 

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

2022 fees

2022: CSP $8,800 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

 

2022 fees

2022: $31,600 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out more about government loans

Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic)

QUT's premier offering for students with outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Equity scholarships scheme

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

QUT Elite Sport Scholarship

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

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