Course Description

Start your career in the rapidly growing community services industry and make a difference in the lives of young people and their families.

Throughout this course you will develop the skills necessary to work with at-risk youth and families in order to help improve their lives. Learn how to support people with complex trauma and support workers within the broader community sector.

This course will give you the skills to:

  • understand the provision of services and interventions for young people and their families
  • work within a practice framework
  • use effective communication to build relationships
  • work across a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential services and outreach services
  • work with at-risk youth and families, as well as vulnerable individuals with the aim of improving their lives

You will undertake your training through our multi-award winning blended learning model, ensuing you get hands-on and work-based experience, including work placements.

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Eligible students won’t pay tuition fees for this course in 2019.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.

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1 year full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Victoria University (VU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 79.1% (national average 70.7%)
Improved skills: 89.6% (national average 86.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.6% (national average 86.5%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Victoria University (VU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Victoria University (VU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 57.4% (national average 69.8%)
Studying full time: 11.0% (national average 10.6%)
Median full time salary: $52,200 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Victoria University (VU) Code: CHC40313

Entry Requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.r>For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working with Children Check. Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.r>The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:r>- Police Record Check - http://www.