Bachelor of Community Services

Box Hill Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 082590E

Level of study: Undergraduate


If you want to advance your career in the community services field, our community services course will equip you with the knowledge and real-world experience to succeed.

In our community services course, you will:

  • develop a broad understanding of the principles and theories that relate to service delivery in the community services sector
  • analyse traditional models of welfare and examine a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives
  • gain a wide range of skills and knowledge that empower your client and that are rewarding for you and beneficial to your organisation

During our course, we encourage you to form a community of learners with your fellow students to share experiences, develop critical reflective skills and enrich your learning experience. You will also benefit from taking part in practical placement and applied learning subjects, and pick up real world experience working in and around the community services sector.

With our community services course, you will:

  • study cultural safety with a strong Indigenous focus
  • develop an extensive knowledge related to community services
  • learn to understand applicable legislation and regulation
  • practise and develop decision-making and communication strategies

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you may be eligible to apply to study at honours or masters level at any Australian university

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 7 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

Career & Learning Outcomes

This degree will provide you with a variety of employment opportunities across all fields of practice. Occupations include:

  • child protection practitioner
  • alcohol and other drugs worker
  • case management officer
  • client services officer
  • crisis intervention worker
  • residential care officer
  • juvenile justice and rehabilitation officer
  • disability case manager
  • aged care case manager

As well as providing excellent job prospects in major cities, rural and regional areas have a high demand for community services workers.

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities - demonstrate practical, theoretical, sociological knowledge and skills that support community service fields delivery to achieve practical outcomes for employment within diverse disciplines of community services.

Communication - develop and demonstrate high-level professional communication skills within a range of community service situations.

Critical thinking - acquire skills in the critical evaluation of theories and philosophical approach to community services by reflecting of own skill development when engaging the principles of community services work.

Self-management - demonstrate initiative and autonomy in planning for implementation, monitoring and evaluation to maximise opportunities for community service clients.

Teamwork - work collaboratively with others from different disciplines and diverse backgrounds by applying inclusive principles and practices to create and maintain culturally safe workplaces.

Global Citizenship - analyse and address the philosophical basis of community development and services as a method of social change within a global context while taking into consideration cultural and socio-economic diversity, the impact of social, gender and racial inequality, and the application of professional ethical standards.

Course Structure

Completion of 24 subjects.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
17,808 Per Year
Read moreAnnual Service Fee: 166
Jul 2022
Feb 2023
Jul 2023
3 years
Full time
Lilydale Lakeside Campus
Jarlo Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3140

Entry criteria

International students must have completed an Australian Year 12 or international equivalent with a pass.

IELTS Overall 6.5 (Academic) With No Band Less Than 6.0; TOEFL IBT Overall Score 83, With Each Section No Less Than 20 For Listening, 19 For Reading, 24 For Writing, 20 For Speaking; PTE Academic English Overall 58 No Communicative Skills Less Than 50; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): 176-184; Occupational English Test (OET): Minimum Score Of C In Each Of The Four Components.

PLEASE NOTE: Box Hill Institute only accept enrolments from international students who are 18 years of age or above at the time of course commencement.


Box Hill Institute
Box Hill Campus - Elgar
465 Elgar Road
Melbourne Victoria 3128
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