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Bachelor of Community Services

TAFE NSW Course Number: HE20528V01

Nominal Hours: 1440

Indicative Cost: $30,720

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The Bachelor of Community Services is a three year fully online degree that will equip you with the practical skills and theory you need to pursue a career in community services, where you can make your mark supporting the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, as well as being an agent of social change.

This degree is a dynamic hands-on course which will prepare you for practice-based roles in both government and non- government agencies. Students can choose electives to focus on areas of specialisation including working with families at risk, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies, settlement work and disability services.

Further information about this course is available on the TAFE NSW Degrees website


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This is an online course. Full-time study load: you will need to complete approximately 16 hours of online study, each week, across two 12 week semesters each year, for a 3 year enrolment.

You can also expect to complete approximately 24 hours of additional study each week outside of online class hours, including private study, research and assessment preparation. Part-time study load is available.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.

Applicants are required to hold, at minimum, one of the following to be considered eligible for admission:

  • a NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent OR
  • a recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate OR
  • a qualification from a Registered Training Organisation at Certificate IV level or above OR
  • the completion of at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution.

If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry into this course based on mature age or disadvantage. Contact the course coordinator for details of evidence that you should attach to your application.

This course is not registered with CRICOS and is therefore not available for enrolment by students holding an international student visa. Offshore students are eligible to apply for entry into this course and should contact the course coordinator. Further information please check the TAFE NSW International Australia website for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.

Are there any additional entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To be eligible for admission you must submit evidence of at least ONE of the following entry requirements, certified by a Justice of the Peace:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

Special Admission:

  • If you do not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this course, you may be able to apply for entry based on mature age or disadvantage. You will be required to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Please email your consent for your details to be forwarded to the assessment team.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To be eligible for the Bachelor of Community Services, students need to have completed 240 credit points by completing 18 Core Subjects and 4 Elective Subjects.

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

  • two Fields of Practice subjects that integrate academic learning with application in the workplace also referred to as Work Integrated Learning (WIL). CSSAP102A Fields of Practice I requires the completion of 200 hours of work placement in first year and CSSAP305A Fields of Practice II requires the completion of 200 hours in third year, totalling 400 hours.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Careers in community services are diverse and graduates can find themselves working in a variety of settings in roles that range from management to intervention to specialist practice.

CSCSI102A Group and Community Work
CSORG101A Ethics and Legislation in Community Services
CSSAP102A Fields of Practice 1
CSSAP302A Working with People with Disability
CSSOC302A Research Skills Development
CSCSI101A Specialist Communication
CSCSI301A Community Development Work and International Aid
CSSAP101A Academic Foundations
CSSAP301A Working with Families at Risk
CSSOC301A Social Policy
CSCSI202A Applied Counselling Practice
CSPSY101A Lifespan Development
CSSAP203A Foundations of Settlement Work
CSSAP305A Fields of Practice 2
CSCSI203A Practice Frameworks in Context
CSPSY201A Foundations of Psychology
CSSAP204A Foundations of Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities
CSSOC201A Applied Sociology
CSCSI103A Working in Community Services
CSORG201A Organisational Communication
CSSAP201A Foundations of Working with Families at Risk
CSSAP303A Settlement Work
CSCSI201A Case Management Practice
CSORG301A Organisational Management in Community Services
CSSAP202A Foundations of Disability Work
CSSAP304A Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:


Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Students may be required to purchase textbooks.

The indicative cost of this course is $30,720.


Fees are calculated each semester on a per subject basis. See the [TAFE NSW Higher Education Tuition Fees Schedule]( for details.


FEE-HELP is a student loan scheme funded by the Commonwealth Government to help eligible students pay their tuition fees. Find out more [Study Assist website](


International student tuition fees are subject to the TAFE NSW Australia course fee structure. For further information please check the [TAFE NSW International Australia website]( for details on fees and enrolment processes for international students.


In addition to tuition fees, there may be additional resource and/or field trip fees to undertake this course. Students may also be required to purchase textbooks for each subject they are enrolled in.


Instalment payment options are available for this course. Learn about TAFE NSW [Fees](

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP student loan to allow you to study this course now and pay later. Find out more about [Help with Fees](


Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about TAFE NSW [Recognition](

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Select Apply to complete your application. The course coordinator will contact you to outline any further application requirements.

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