Course Details

Course Code SS19
Level Undergraduate
QTAC Code 094201
Duration 3F/6P
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
Credit Points 240
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 092836E

General Information

The Bachelor of Human Services is a three-year course (full time equivalent) and is available on both a full time and part time basis. The course is designed to provide students with broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and future learning in human service discipline areas.
The Bachelor of Human Services was formerly known as the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (SS17).

Broadly speaking, the Bachelor of Human Services reflects a desire to engage meaningfully and positively with the important questions of human experience, to the development of the individual, to the improvement of society and to the development of skills and understandings in the area of people helping. Specifically, the course has emphases in theoretical understanding of, and practical skills working with, diverse groups of human beings and the issues they face in modern society, and of the roles and skills required of those working in contemporary human service contexts. The Bachelor of Human Services also serves as preparation for students to engage in further studies at the postgraduate level.

The Bachelor of Human Services comprises a program of core and elective units. The first year of the course (full time equivalent) comprises a program of core units that introduces students to concepts regarding Christian worldview, the skills and processes required for academic and professional communication within a higher education context, and foundational knowledge and understanding associated with human services. The second and third years of the course (full time equivalent) comprise further core units and the opportunity for students to undertake a specialisation within a particular discipline area. The areas from which students may undertake a specialisation are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Disability and aged care;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Family support and child protection; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Human behaviour

The following additional specialisations are available only to students who commenced the course prior to 2019:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Chaplaincy;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Community aid and development;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Community mental health; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Youth work.

Within their particular discipline area, students undertake either a practicum stream or a coursework stream.

The practicum stream offers units in theory, skills, current and emerging issues and reflective practice, together with 400 hours of practicum placements, in the chosen specialisation. The benefits of this stream include: focus on practical application of skills and knowledge experience working in the specialisation; experience working with a mentor; ability to observe others in the specialisation to gain additional industry expertise; potential to network with other professionals in the specialisation; variety of experience and transference of knowledge; and hands-on experience.

The coursework stream offers units in theory, skills, current and emerging issues and reflective practice, as well as an extended self-directed project, in the chosen specialisation. The benefits of this stream include: focus on a specific area of interest in the specialisation; development of evidence-based knowledge to feed into the specialisation; development of a project to assist in the workplace; and development of analytical and evidence-based report writing skills for informing change in the specialisation.

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 Bachelor of Human Services information contained in the Social Sciences Courses Handbook.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Bachelor of Human Services is 10 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Social Science (SS04) may articulate into the Bachelor of Human Services. Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Human Services may exit with the Diploma of Social Science (subject to the completion of course rules).

Course admission information, including the OP/selection rank, and student profile for the Bachelor of Human Services can be found here.

Course Accreditations

The Bachelor of Human Services 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). Students who complete the practicum stream in the Bachelor of Human Services (SS17) can gain membership with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Human Services is an innovative program that gives students expertise in social science theory, skills and implementation. Students gain general knowledge and skills to situate them into the broader social welfare sector as caseworkers, group facilitators, group workers, planning officers, support workers or carers, while the discipline areas give specific knowledge and skills for possible employment in the following capacities: chaplaincy (schools, hospitals, armed forces, industry, aged care facilities and churches); community aid and development (international organisations, NGOs, government agencies and churches); community mental health (allied health profession, NGOs and government agencies); disability and aged care (allied health profession, aged care facilities, disability services, individual carers, NGOs and government agencies); family support and child protection (child welfare and protection services, family support services; community services sector, NGOs and government agencies); human behaviour (consultative and support roles, NGOs and government agencies); andyouth work (churches, faith-based organisations, youth drop-in centres, youth welfare organisations, NGOs and government agencies).

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.

EXAMINATION MINIMUM RESULT
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic) 59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (PBT) 577
TOEFL (IBT) 90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)

Personal suitability requirements

Students who wish to enrol in the practicum stream of the course and who will be engaging in placements with young people under the age of 18 are required to procure a Blue Card issued by the Public Safety Business Agency (PSBA) of the Queensland government (or equivalent from the jurisdiction in which they reside). Students will not be permitted to commence a practicum placement until they provide details of their current Blue Card (or equivalent) to the School of Social Sciences Practicum Manager.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Human Services consists of core units and elective 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 socsciadmin@chc.edu.au.

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Core units

Unit summary Sample unit outline
CS116 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation I Download
CS216 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation II Download
SO317 Transformational Theology for Human Services Practices Download
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
SO116 Introduction to Human Services Download
SO212 Emerging Issues in Sociology Download
SO223 Ethics, Policy, and Professional Issues in the Social Sciences Download
SO224 Relationships and Families in Sociological Perspectives Download
HB342 Technology and Human Behaviour Download
SO311 Management in Applied Social Sciences Contexts Download
SO312 Reconciliation in Contemporary Contexts Download

Areas of specialisation

The areas from which students may undertake a specialisation are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Disability and aged care;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Family support and child protection;and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Human behaviour


Family support and child protection

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
FC240 Family Support and Child Protection: Theoretical Perspectives Download
FC241 Family Support and Child Protection: Skills and Processes Download
FC342 Family Support and Child Protection: Current and Emerging Issues Download
SO343 Reflective Practice Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231 Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330 Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222 Research Methods Download
SO393 Guided Literature Review Download
SO394 Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

Human Behaviour

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
CO221 Group Processes Download
HB241 Social Psychology Download
HB342 Contemporary Technology and Human Behaviour Download
SO343 Reflective Practise Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231 Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330 Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222 Research Methods Download
SO393 Guided Literature Review Download
SO394 Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download

The following additional specialisations are available only to students who commenced the course prior to 2019:plaincy;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Community aid and development;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Community mental health; and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Youth work.


Youth work

Unit summary Sample unit outline
Discipline specific electives (required for both streams)
YO240 Youth Work: Theoretical Perspectives Download
YO241 Youth Work: Skills and Strategies Download
YO342 Youth Work: Current and Emerging Issues Download
SO343 Reflective Practice Download
Practicum stream
SO230 Applied Social Sciences Practicum 1 Download
SO231 Applied Social Sciences Practicum II Download
SO330 Applied Social Sciences Practicum III (20 credit points) Download
Coursework stream
SO222 Research Methods Download
SO393 Guided Literature Review Download
SO394 Extended Self-Directed Project (20 credit points) Download