The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) is your key to bettering the community around you. This Bachelor course delivers a holistic education and training in the field of community services and includes a rigorous work experience component ensuring that when you complete the course you are highly equipped to begin serving the community in a manner of services. 

Delivered by Think: Colleges Pty Ltd trading as Jansen Newman Institute RTO 0269 CRICOS 00246M

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Course Description

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) is an accredited higher-ed qualification that educates students in the knowledge and practices needed for best serving the community through a range of services such as immigration, alcohol and other drug abuse, homelessness, aged care and child and family services. Through 24 units of competency, industry placement and face-to-face supervised clinical work, successful graduates will be well equipped and placed to serve and assist the community.

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) is an ‘approved course’ of the Australian Community Workers Association. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be able to apply for membership of the ACWA, the peak body for community services professionals.

The units cover such knowledge and training as: counselling, conflict management and case management


Unlike distance education or correspondence courses,  the facilitated online cohort-based study model allows you to interact and network with other students, using a range of communication and collaboration tools such as discussion forums, message boards, blogs and wiki’s (editable web pages) and RSS feeds, to ensure you never feel isolated in your independent learning. Courses feature:

  • Flexible learning: online or on-campus 
  • Dedicated online lecturer who guides the learning process and provides academic support 
  • Industry placement so you graduate with experience
  • Study materials are provided prior to course commencement 
  • Access to a fully customised, state-of-the-art learning portal
  • Access to one of the largest online libraries in Australia, with over 70 million articles available
  • Access to Upskilled's Student Rewards Program

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over a duration of 3-6 years. You can choose from full-time or part-time delivery modes, putting you in total control of your completion date. The Jansen Newman Institute campus is located in Sydney. For online study, each subject runs for 12 weeks and your study time commitment is approx. 10hrs (per subject) per week.

Workshops for online students

If you study online, you are required to attend compulsory practical workshops. These give you the chance to meet lecturers and fellow students, and gain the experience and confidence needed to work effectively after graduation.  Online students are required to attend the following residential programs to be held at the Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne campus:

  • COU101A Interpersonal Communication – 2 days
  • COU104A Applied Counselling 1 – 2 days
  • COU203A Applied Counselling 2 – 3 days

The COU101A residential is held simultaneously every trimester in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne; COU104A and COU203A are held every trimester in Sydney, and at least once a year in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Industry Placement

The course work includes both clinical work and fieldwork placement, ensuring that you graduate with valuable experience and industry contacts. Students undertake over 400 hours of practical work placement over the course of their degree, which means you graduate with not only a qualification but also invaluable professional experience - equipping you to be work ready. A field and clinic placement manager is available to assist you in securing placements.  If you leave outside Sydney, you can undertake your clinical training in your local area, subject to approval.


Applicants should have completed Senior High School Certificate (Year 12) or equivalent or Mature age entry with relevant work experience with an ATAR 60 or equivalent. Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • Work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available for each unit of competency based on relevant workplace experience, formal training, or other expertise. To apply for RPL, please submit documentation for evaluation by assessors. More information can be found here for course credit and here for RPL.

Unit Outline

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) consists of three levels of subjects, each with core units of competency and electives are chosen by students to complete each level. The course consists of 21 core units of competency and 3 elective units, making a total of 24 units of competency needed to complete the course. 

Level 100 Subjects

Unit Code
Unit Name
COU101A Interpersonal Communication 
COU102A Theories of Counselling 
COU103A Human Development Across the Lifespan 
COU104A Applied Counselling 1
SOC102A Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis
SOC103A Developing Social Policy
WEL101A Introduction to Community Services
WEL102A Health and Wellbeing

Level 200 Subjects

Unit Code
Unit Name
COU202A Mental Health and the Community 
COU203A Applied Counselling 2
FLD201A Fieldwork 1 
SOC201A Mediation and Conflict Management 
SOC202A Introduction to Social Research Methods
WEL201A Managing the Needs of Diverse Client
WEL202A Ethics and Professional Practice 
  Plus Level 200 Elective. Please speak with an education manager to explore all your options

Level 300 Subjects

Unit Code
Unit Name
COU301A Working with Addicted Populations
FLD302A Fieldwork 2 for Community Services
SOC301A Qualitative Research Methods
WEL301A Community Development
WEL302A Case Management and Program Development
WEL303A Human Rights and Social Advocacy

You will also be required to choose one level 200 Elective and two level 300 Electives.  Contact us today or open live chat to talk to an education adviser to find out about the elective units in detail. 

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services) offers graduates broad career opportunities assisting and bettering the community, Graduate and future roles include: 

  • Community Services
  • Migrant Services 
  • Aged Care 
  • Disability Services
  • Housing Services 

Early Exit Qualifications

If you leave this course after completing all Level 100 units, you may be eligible for the Diploma of Applied Social Science qualification.


HE-FEE HELP is available for this qualification allowing you to study now, pay later. Eligible Australian students enrolled in a Think Education course may have access to the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP scheme. 

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