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Bachelor of Community Services

TAFE NSW Course Number: HE20528V01

Nominal Hours: 1440

Indicative Cost: $28,800

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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.

Download the TAFE NSW Higher Education Course Information Brochure for an outline of the structure, objectives and assessment requirements for this course.

The Bachelor of Community Services is TAFE NSW's first fully online degree. This qualification will be delivered by OTEN, the largest provider of online and distance education and vocational training in Australia. Work-ready graduates will have completed 400 hours of work-integrated learning across two field placements and will have had the opportunity to specialise in working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and communities, people with disability, families at risk, settlement work and international aid. Students will become active participants in an online collaborative learning community that focusses on the creation and sharing of knowledge, enabling a student-centred approach that creates deeper learning and lifelong learners. If you have a passion for social change, the Bachelor of Community Services will support you to develop the knowledge and skills to make a difference.

This is an online course. No face-to-face attendance is required. However, full time students are required to participate online for approximately 16 hours a week. Part time 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.

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.

400 hours field practice across two placements

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
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
CSCSI101A Specialist Communication
CSCSI301A Applied Community Development 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

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 will have to purchase textbooks
Students will need to complete 18 core and 4 elective subjects in addition to 400 hours field practice across two placements to be awarded this degree.

The indicative cost of this course is $28,800.

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 students pay their course fees. Find out more Study Assist website

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

Select Apply to complete the application form and email your entry evidence (certified by a Justice of the Peace) to

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