|Entry Requirements||Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent); English language proficiency requirements apply|
|Assumed Knowledge||English – SA (QCAA) (or equivalent)|
|Mode||On Campus, Mixed Mode|
|Starting Semesters||1 & 2|
The Diploma of Social Science is a one-year course (full time equivalent), and is available on both a full time and part time basis. It is designed to provide students with practical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with some depth relating to applied social sciences discipline areas, and emphasises theoretical understanding(s) of diverse groups of human beings, the issues they face in contemporary society, and an understanding of the knowledge, roles and skills required of those working in applied social sciences contexts.
The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Diploma of Social Science is 5 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.
Students should note that certain units can be completed on campus only, in either Internal or Intensive modes (as offered). Further information is available from the School of Social Sciences Administration Office or in the Diploma of Social Science information contained in the Social Sciences Courses Handbook.
The course consists of the first two semesters of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science and also of the Bachelor of Counselling. Consequently, students who successfully complete the Diploma of Social Science may articulate into the Bachelor of Applied Social Science or the Bachelor of Counselling. Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Social Science or the Bachelor of Counselling may exit with the Diploma of Social Science, subject to the completion of course requirements.
The Diploma of Social Science is:
- accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
- approved for offering to overseas students and appears on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
- approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).
- Community Worker
- Pastoral Carer
- Rehabilitation Worker
- Youth Worker
- Personal Support Worker
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, was conducted in the English language or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.
|IELTS||6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all subtests|
|TOEFL||575 or better (pBT – paper-based); 90 or better with no subscore lower than 20 (iBT – internet-based)|
|STAT||156 or higher in the Verbal component|
Diploma of Social Science
The Diploma of Social Science consists of core units.
CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the School of Social Sciences Administration Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.
Christian Studies units
|Unit Name||Sample Unit Outline|
|CS115 Foundations of a Bible-based Christ-centred Worldview||Download|
|CS215 Contours for a Bible-based Christ-centred Worldview||Download|
|Unit Name||Sample Unit Outline|
|SO100 Academic and Professional Communication||Download|
|SO102 Introduction to Applied Social Theories||Download|
|SO110 The Person of the Practitioner||Download|
|SO112 Introduction to Human Behaviour||Download|
|SO114 Foundational Interpersonal Skills||Download|
|SO115 Introduction to Applied Social Science Contexts||Download|
Students may complete electives from other fields (eg Christian Studies, Ministry, Business) subject to the fulfilment of course rules and with the approval of the Course Coordinator.