Bachelor of Youth Work

General

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Program Description

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Provides a comprehensive programme of study in the essentials of youth work as an embedded practises within community work. The course includes specialist units in youth work, plus complimentary 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.

Course Entry

Academic Admission requirements (Band 3)

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • University Preparation Course;*
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test; or*
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

English Language requirements (Band 3)

English competency requirements may be satisfied through the completion of one of the following:

  • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0);
  • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
  • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
  • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
  • Other tests, courses or programmes defined on the English Proficiency Bands page.

* Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

Course Details

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
YWK1220 Youth Issues 15
CSV1103 Interpersonal and Helping Skills 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective    
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 1 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK1101 Principles of Youth Work 15
CSV1203 Working with Groups 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 2 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK2113 Youth Work Professional Placement 30
CSV2109 Vulnerable People and Communities 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Note: YWK2113 is a year-long unit.

Year 2 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CSV2116 Ethics in Human Services 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 3 - Semester 1

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK3203 Theories of Youth 15
YWK3107 Ideology and Youth Work Practice 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Year 3 - Semester 2

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
YWK3231 Strategies for Social Change 15
YWK3211 Inclusive Youth Work Practice 15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15
Unit from Major/Minor/Elective   15

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and evaluate the contribution of youth work to society, communities and young people demonstrating cross-cultural responsiveness.
  • Apply and evaluate sustainability principles in programme design and development and problem-solving in the context of youth work professional practice.
  • Apply understanding of sociocultural and international diversity and other values that are the underpinning of youth work as a discipline.
  • Demonstrate English literacy appropriate to professional youth work communication, including all relevant forms of oral and written communication, both formal and informal.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate professionally with others through teamwork in academic and professional environments.
  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of youth work theory, methods, principles and values with multi-disciplinary research.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make decisions based upon their full environmental, social, cultural and economic implications relating to Youth Work.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate use of technologies appropriate to youth work professional practice.
  • Identify how global context shapes similarities and differences in work with young people in other countries.
  • Plan, design, develop, implement and evaluate programmes and services that meet young peoples needs and the requirements of employers and of funding bodies.
  • Professionally and ethically communicate youth work knowledge amongst diverse audiences including young people, families, colleagues and the public.
  • 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.

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 programmes. Graduates also find employment in youth holiday programmes, youth activity centres, informal education with young people, school-based support programmes, and chaplaincy. Depending on students' selection of complementary studies they may wish to pursue careers with a special focus on recreation, sport, adventure programmes, 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.

Last updated May 2020

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