Course Details

Course CodeSS04
QTAC Code094001
Entry RequirementsCompletion of Year 12 (or equivalent); English language proficiency requirements apply
Assumed KnowledgeEnglish – SA (QCAA) (or equivalent)
ModeOn Campus, Mixed Mode
Credit Points80
Starting Semesters1 & 2
Overseas StudentsAvailable
CRICOS Code076204D

General Information

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 Human Services and also of the Bachelor of Counselling. Consequently, students who successfully complete the Diploma of Social Science may articulate into the Bachelor of Human Services or the Bachelor of Counselling. Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Human Services or the Bachelor of Counselling may exit with the Diploma of Social Science, subject to the completion of course requirements.

Course admission information, including the OP/selection rank, and student profile for the Diploma of Social Science can be found here.

Course Accreditations

The Diploma of Social Science is:

Career Outcomes

  • 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 (Academic)6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic)59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT)90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)

Course Structure

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

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 NameSample Unit Outline
CS116 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation IDownload
CS216 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation IIDownload

Professional Units

Unit NameSample Unit Outline
SO100 Academic and Professional CommunicationDownload
SO102 Introduction to Applied Social TheoriesDownload
SO110 The Person of the PractitionerDownload
SO112 Introduction to Human BehaviourDownload
SO114 Foundational Interpersonal SkillsDownload
SO116 Introduction to Human ServicesDownload