Youth Work is an exciting and challenging career involving working for and with young people in a variety of fun and rewarding ways. The key thing that differentiates youth workers from other community service workers is that young people are their primary concern. Youth work acknowledges the social and cultural environments within which young people live and helps foster young people's emotional and social development. In addition to the specified youth work units, students study sociology and choose electives from the broad suite of offerings in the Bachelor of Arts. Students will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people. Our graduates are employed in local government, welfare services, youth justice, educational institutions, substance abuse and homelessness agencies. The Bachelor of Youth Work responds to community need for highly trained and skilled youth workers to meet the needs of young people in a range of public and community-based settings. Students will qualify to: function as team members in the delivery of youth services; carry out research and policy development; develop effective prevention and intervention strategies to understand the issues confronting young people and youth workers; work with young people at both group and individual levels; be academically and ethically competent in the discipline. Students will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people in agencies, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for enabling creative roles in dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people.

Course Fee:

International: $70,200

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.


240 credit points. Students are required to complete two practicum placements in the course. In second year, students are required to spend 200 hours (6 weeks) in an agency working with young people and, in third year, students will be required to spend 300 (8 weeks) placement hours in an agency that works with young people.

Subjects you can Study:

Youth work; Sociology

Study Pathways:

Bachelor degree graduates may be eligible to progress to honours study in social sciences in the Bachelor of Arts Honours degree or and then to a range of postgraduate research programs e.g. Masters of Philosophy or PhD.

Further information:

This is the basic degree qualification for youth work in Australia and prepares graduates for a range of positions in Youth Work and community work with young people. The course provides graduates with skills relevant to many different youth services and prepares them for careers in leadership positions in professional youth work and in youth services in Local Government, in education, in State and Federal Government and in the non-for-profits sectors. Career paths for this course: Youth Worker, Youth Support Worker, Youth and Community Worker, Community Education Worker, Youth Development Officer, Youth Officer, Local Government Youth Officer, Youth Activities Officer, School Retention and Participation Officer, Youth Welfare Worker, Youth Liaison Worker, Youth and Family Mediation, Youth Health Educator, Youth Policy Officer, Youth Outreach Worker, Youth counsellor, Youth Engagement Worker

Accepts International Students:


Related Careers:

Counsellor, Welfare Worker, Youth Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 6 years
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