Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)


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Program Description

Are you passionate about helping disadvantaged groups of people? If you have firm thoughts about what could and should be done to help groups that need support, Jansen Newman Institute community services courses and social work courses are for you. Completion of this study will allow you to enter a range of dynamic roles in the community, government and public sectors.



Study Options – Domestic Australian students:

  • Full-time or Part-time
  • On-Campus or online

Study options – Overseas students: On-Campus

Start Dates: 20 February 2017, 05 June 2017, 18 September 2017

Course Length

  • Full-time: 3 years (including breaks)
  • Part-time: 6 years (including breaks)


For International applicants equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5.

Year 12 or equivalent to ATAR 60.

Special entry requirements: Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level: work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed.


Finance Options - Domestic Australian students: FEE-HELP, or flexible payment options available

Course study requirements

Face to Face

  • Each subject includes a 3-hour lecture once a week for 12 weeks
  • Study Time commitment = 7 hours per week

Flexible Online Learning

  • Each subject runs for 12 weeks
  • Study Time commitment = 10 hours per week


A variety of written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing and clinical training.

Location: Sydney Campus or Online

Delivered by: Jansen Newman Institute (J.N.I.)

Accrediting body: Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)


Level 100 Subjects

  • COU101A Interpersonal Communication
  • COU102A Theories of Counselling
  • COU103A Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • COU104A Applied Counselling 1
  • SOC102A Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis
  • SOC103A Developing Social Policy
  • WEL101A Introduction to Community Services
  • WEL102A Health and Wellbeing

Level 200 Subjects

  • COU202A Mental Health and the Community
  • COU203A Applied Counselling 2
  • FLD201A Fieldwork 1
  • SOC201A Mediation and Conflict Management
  • SOC202A Introduction to Social Research Methods
  • WEL201A Managing the Needs of Diverse Client
  • WEL202A Ethics and Professional Practice

Level 300 Electives - Choose 2

  • COU302A Counselling for Grief and Loss
  • COU304A Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • COU305A Working with Crisis and Trauma
  • COU306A Narrative Therapy
  • COU307A Existential Therapy
  • COU308A Focusing: Enhancing the Mind-Body Connection in Therapy
  • COU309A Introduction to Gestalt Therapy
  • COU310A Spirituality and Psychotherapy
  • WEL304A Death and Dying
  • WEL305A Protection of Children


If you study online, you are required to attend compulsory practical workshops. These give you the chance to meet lecturers and fellow students and gain the experience and confidence needed to work effectively after graduation.

Online students are required to attend the following residential programs to be held at the Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne campus:

  • COU101A Interpersonal Communication – 2 days
  • COU104A Applied Counselling 1 – 2 days
  • COU203A Applied Counselling 2 – 3 days

The COU101A residential is held simultaneously every trimester in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne; COU104A and COU203A are held every trimester in Sydney, and at least once a year in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Early exit qualifications

If you leave this course after completing all Level 100 units, you may be eligible for the Diploma of Applied Social Science qualification.

Practical work experience

J.N.I. focuses on experiential learning, so you gain both theoretical and practical skills during your course. This community services course incorporates 400 hours of fieldwork, which gives you the opportunity to work with real clients, so you establish contacts even before you graduate.

J.N.I. has a Clinical Placement Coordinator who may be able to assist you in securing placements. If you live outside Sydney, you can undertake your clinical training and/or fieldwork in your local area, subject to J.N.I.’s approval.

Last updated Jan 2018

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