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Bachelor of Youth Work

Course code C57

Provides a comprehensive program of study in the essentials of youth work as an embedded practice within community work. The course includes specialist units in youth work, plus complementary studies in community work.

Students can choose complementary areas of study such as Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies, Addiction Studies, Community Work, Criminology, Psychology, Counselling, Visual Arts, Media and Communication, Events Management, and Outdoor Adventure.

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

C57

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $8,000

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Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

C57

CRICOS code

079117A

Fees

International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $31,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information

Duration

3 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

JO ML BU OL
Full-time
Part-time
JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 11 Core units. In addition to the core units, students should complete any 12 unit major in the School of Arts and Humanities from discipline areas such as Social Science, Youth Work, Design, Psychology, Arts, Contemporary Arts and Media & Communications; or any other combination of majors, minors, or elective units from the School of Arts and Humanities or other schools where available.

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK1220Youth Issues15
CSV1103Interpersonal and Helping Skills15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK1101Principles of Youth Work15
CSV1203Working with Groups15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK2113Youth Work Professional Placement30
CSV2109Vulnerable People and Communities15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15

Note: YWK2113 is a year-long unit.

Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2116Ethics in Human Services15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK3203Theories of Youth15
YWK3107Ideology and Youth Work Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK3231Strategies for Social Change15
YWK3211Inclusive Youth Work Practice15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and evaluate the contribution of youth work to society, communities and young people demonstrating cross cultural responsiveness.
  2. Apply and evaluate sustainability principles in program design and development and problem solving in the context of youth work professional practice.
  3. Apply understanding of sociocultural and international diversity and other values that are the underpinning of youth work as a discipline.
  4. Demonstrate English literacy appropriate to professional youth work communication, including all relevant forms of oral and written communication, both formal and informal.
  5. Demonstrate ability to collaborate professionally with others through team work in academic and professional environments.
  6. Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of youth work theory, methods, principles and values with multi-disciplinary research.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make decisions based upon their full environmental, social, cultural and economic implications relating to Youth Work.
  8. Demonstrate numeracy proficiency appropriate to professional youth work including numeracy sufficient to develop and read budgets for service provision and to interpret and produce reports that include qualitative and quantitative data.
  9. Demonstrate use of technologies appropriate to youth work professional practice.
  10. Identify how global context shapes similarities and differences in work with young people in other countries.
  11. Plan, design, develop, implement and evaluate programs and services that meet young peoples needs and the requirements of employers and of funding bodies.
  12. Professionally and ethically communicate youth work knowledge amongst diverse audiences including young people, families, colleagues and the public.
  13. Review, analyse and synthesise youth and community work knowledge by engaging in both critical thinking and reflective practice to resolve problems encountered in professional work as a novice graduate youth worker.

Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $8,000 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $31,550 *

* International onshore - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

This course prepares graduates for a diverse range of positions in youth work. Entry level positions may be in youth welfare services including homeless support services, youth health, youth advice, advocacy and support programs. Graduates also find employment in youth holiday programs, youth activity centres, informal education with young people, school-based support programs, and chaplaincy. Depending on students' selection of complementary studies they may wish to pursue careers with a special focus on recreation, sport, adventure programs, youth arts, youth counselling, addiction services, youth mental health services, or youth justice. Employers of youth work graduates include, Local, State and Federal Government, National Charities and local community organisations.

Possible future job titles

Youth Worker, Youth Support Worker, Youth Development Officer, Youth Activities Officer, Youth Welfare Worker, Youth and Family Mediation, Youth Health Educator, Youth Policy Officer, Youth Outreach Worker, Youth Engagement Worker, Youth Mental Health Worker, School Chaplain, Youth Mental Health Care Coordinator, Youth and Community Worker, Community Education Worker (Youth), Youth Officer, Youth Liaison Worker, School Retention and Participation Officer.

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Student
stories

"ECU gives you the ability to apply your knowledge, and to experience what the industry is like"
ECU Youth Work student, Jordana Cernotta
Jordana CernottaYouth Work student

My experience studying at ECU has been great! The lecturers have been extremely helpful and the flexibility of the course has allowed me to adapt my studies to my lifestyle. At one stage, I was living in Italy, and was able to study online for a semester.

ECU also has a great reputation for providing practical experience opportunities. One of the practical placements I've already completed went so well that a year later I am still mentoring at the organisation.

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