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Bachelor of Community and Human Services

Are you passionate about helping people in the community?Would you like to support and assist a range of individuals and families?
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Flexible Delivery - Berwick
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Berwick
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Lowest Adjusted ATAR 50.00

Are you passionate about helping people? Would you like to be able to provide support and assistance to a range of individuals, families and communities that are experiencing family violence, poverty, homelessness, mental health or living with disability? In this degree, you'll learn the important skills and ethics needed for helping to improve the lives of others. You'll spend time in the industry, putting your skills into practice and experiencing real-life situations. This degree will prepare you for a career as a counsellor, in social research, youth justice, family and disability support, aged care, community engagement courses and more.

You'll learn the professional skills needed to succeed in the workplace, like communications and interpersonal skills and the theories behind your practices. Your subjects include 'social policy', 'social issues and personal values'and 'Australian indigenous societies'. You can also choose subjects from any other FedUni Arts degree, to learn a language, about public relations or politics.

Please note that this course contains compulsory online courses.

  • Case coordinator
  • Child welfare worker
  • Family caseworker
  • Case worker
  • Community development officer
  • Family services worker
  • Case management officer
  • Case manager
  • Child protection worker
  • Community development worker
  • Family support worker

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

SOSCI1002, 15 credit points
Behavioural Studies

Criminal Justice

Indigenous Studies


Semester 2

CHSUG1003, 15 credit points
INDSL1000, 15 credit points
Behavioural Studies

Criminal Justice

Indigenous Studies


Year 2

Semester 1

CHSUG2001, 15 credit points
CHSUG2003, 15 credit points
CHSUG2102, 15 credit points

Semester 2

CHSUG2004, 15 credit points
CHSUG2005, 15 credit points
PSYCB2102, 15 credit points
Behavioural Studies

Criminal Justice

Indigenous Studies


Year 3

Semester 1

CHSUG3001, 15 credit points
CHSUG3002, 15 credit points
FEAFN3001, 15 credit points

Semester 2

BAXDC3004, 15 credit points
CHSUG3005, 45 credit points

10-12 hours per week

This course requires a total of 650 placement hours, across 18 weeks.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This course has a guaranteed ATAR.
If you meet the course pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in any Humanities, Literature, Media, Philosophy or Psychology equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory course such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this course. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway course such as Federation Access Studies (FAST) Program

English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 6.5 or equivalent

Extra requirements

Working with children check

Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements. 

Police record check

Compulsory: Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements. 

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510141 (Mt Helen), 3700710141 (Churchill), 3701210141 (Flexible Delivery - Ballarat), 3701310141 (Flexible Delivery - Gippsland), 3701810141 (Berwick), 3701910141 (Flexible Delivery - Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HC5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Travel for field education, Working with Childrens Check, Police Check

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

Defined TAFE pathway


A defined TAFE pathway course exists for this degree.  Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply following completion of this pathway.

  • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services  |  credit for 120 credit points
  • CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs  |  credit for 120 credit points
  • CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health  |  credit for 120 credit points
  • CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work  |  credit for 120 credit points

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.


Other TAFE studies


Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this course.  You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course. 


Bridging courses


A bridging course can provide an excellent foundation to build upon in your bachelor degree studies:

  • Our one semester Federation Access Studies (FAST) program provides you an alternate entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university.  On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Community & Human Services for the next semester.


University studies


Enrolling in single subjects (courses) allows you to demonstrate your ability to succeed in study at this level. Re-apply with credit to the Bachelor of Community & Human Services for the next intake.


Successful completion of at least one (1) Australian university level (or equivalent) subject will be considered for admission.  Additional units will enhance a student's application. Students are encouraged to consider units that relate to the arts or social sciences.



Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.

Pathways from this course:

Federation University Bachelor of Community and Human Services graduates are eligible for direct entry to the Master of Social Work(Qualifying) and will receive credit for one semester of study, reducing the length of study from 2 years to 1.5 years.


Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) accreditation has been granted.

This course is also recognised by Community Corrections Services (CCS).

Field Placement

Students can expect to have placements in second year and third year. Placements are undertaken continuously not block mode. Please contact the University for more information.

This course will be offered in a blended learning approach with face to face tutorials every week, and some lectures and activities online.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Social Work, Community & Human Services

Course co-ordinator

Goetz Ottmann