Bachelor of Community Services

Bachelor of Community Services


The Stanley College Bachelor of Community Services is a broad-based and comprehensive course. The course offers both breadth and depth in core areas. It provides graduates with a wide range of knowledge, critical reasoning skills, and abilities needed in the contemporary delivery of community services. The curriculum progresses from fundamental subject areas in the first year to slightly more specialised topics in the second, to themes and activities central to Field Work placements. In addition, there are two specialisations in the degree: Child and family protection; and Disability.

  • Duration:
    3 years full time

  • Tuition Fee^:
    International Students
    $17,800 per year
    $53,400 total
    Domestic Students
    $13,000 per year (8 units)
    $39,000 total
    FEE-HELP available for eligible Domestic students

  • Study Mode:
    Face-to-face and
    Work-Integrated Learning (Field Placement/Internship)

  • Intake Dates:
    11 March 2024
    26 August 2024
    10 March 2025
    25 August 2025

  • Location:
    Perth or Adelaide

  • CRICOS Code: 112414B

^Tuition fees and other charges are set each year and will apply at the time that a Letter of Offer is issued, and are subject to annual review.

Course Entry Requirements

Entry is available to applicants 18 years or older who hold:
  • Successful completion of an Australian Senior Certificate of Education (year 12) or equivalent within the last two years, with a minimum Australian tertiary admission rank (ATAR) of 55, or equivalent; or
  • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB), including English; or
  • Satisfactory completion of at least six months consecutive study in a program deemed equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level qualification of at least level 5 as determined by the Country Education Profiles (CEP) of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment; or
  • Satisfactory completion of at least six months consecutive study, or equivalent, at any Australian university or other Institute of Higher Education; or
  • Successful completion of a Foundation Studies program offered by a TAFE, an Australian university, or a private provider that is accredited as an AQF Certificate IV qualification or accredited as compliant with the National Standards for Foundation Programs; or
  • Successful completion of a vocational educational & training (VET) award at Certificate IV or higher at an Australian Registered Training Organisation (or equivalent); or
  • Demonstrated work and life experience. Students with work and life experience may be admitted to a course without meeting the formal academic requirements if they have relevant work experience and/or other acceptable qualifications..
Satisfactory English language proficiency demonstrated by either:
  • An English pass level in an Australian Senior Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent; OR
  • Attainment of a specified level of achievement in a recognised English language test, such as IELTS (or equivalent) at a score of at least 6.0 (with no individual band score less than 5.5); OR
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 67. Section score no less than: Listening: 12; Speaking: 18; Reading: 15; Writing: 21; OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 50-57 (no section score less than 50); OR
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 52; OR
  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of an accredited tertiary award in English.

Stanley College takes into account educational disadvantages when assessing admissions. The alternative entry option is for applicants who cannot meet the requirements for admission detailed above and allows candidates from underrepresented groups or those who have experienced educational disadvantage to seek entry into Stanley College higher education courses.

  • Admission by the Alternate Admissions requires applicants to sit for the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) and achieve the following scores:
  • A minimum score of 135 for the STAT Multiple Choice component and a minimum score of 140 for the STAT Written English component.
  • Ensure that their STAT results are available to Stanley College at least 3 weeks prior to the commencement of the academic semester in the desired intake period.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply for entry to any undergraduate-level course through general admissions or, if appropriate, by Alternate Entry.

Applicants will be able to apply for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) on a case by case basis to determine their suitability and readiness for articulation into the Stanley College Bachelor of Community Services.

Applicants with insufficient preparation to commence the Bachelor of Community Services course at Stanley College will be provided with information on other institutions that offer bridging courses or foundation studies. They will be encouraged to re-apply upon successfully completing a qualification that satisfies the College’s entry requirements.

Career Opportunities
  • Disability officer
  • Community leisure officer
  • Welfare officer
  • Case coordinator
  • Child welfare worker
  • Family caseworker
  • Caseworker
  • Community development officer
  • Family services worker
  • Case management officer
  • Case manager
  • Child protection worker
  • Community development worker
Facilities and Student Support

Studying at the higher education level can be challenging, but it also offers a rewarding experience. Stanley College has plenty of services for students to help them with both their academic and personal needs:

  • Orientation Session
  • A Range of Social Activities
  • Academic Skills Support Sessions
  • English Support
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Accommodation Referral Services
  • Access to Computers and Free Wi-Fi On Campus
  • Employment Liaison Services
  • Personal Support and Counselling Services
  • Student Representation
Internship Opportunities

The Bachelor of Community Services degree offered by Stanley College is designed with the practical education approach in mind. To that end, it aims to enhance your employability skills. A key component of the degree is internships. You will get an opportunity to work within an organisation to gain hands-on experience while giving you an insight into your future.

Course Structure

Course Duration 3 years full time
Credit Points To graduate with a Bachelor of Community Services, students must complete a total of 240 credit points.
Mode of delivery: Face-to-face and Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)
Location Perth or Adelaide
Units Units will be delivered over 2 semesters per year, with 4 units in each semester for a full-time load.

Bachelor of Community Services


A completed CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) at Stanley College will result in one year of credits (8 units or 80 credit points) into your Bachelor of Community Services.

For other qualifications, please refer to our Credit and RPL Policy which is available on this page:

Face-to-face and Work-Integrated Learning

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you meet the English entry requirements for the course. TOEFL and IELTS are tests often used by students, however, Stanley College can also accept other English test results such as:

  • General Certificate of Education (GCE)
  • HKDSE English Language
  • Pearson Test of English – Academic (PTE-A)
  • Pearson Versant English Placement Test

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Orientations are compulsory for students to attend, regardless of the program, as valuable information is covered during these sessions. Orientation sessions occur one week prior to the start of formal teaching.

  • Units are delivered in one of the following session times: 0900 - 1200, 1300 - 1600, or 1630 - 1930 (3 hours per unit).
  • While most classes are scheduled on Monday and Tuesday, some units may have additional schedules on other days such as Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • 13 teaching weeks plus 1 week mid-semester break, 1 week study break and 1 week final exams.
  • Note that schedules may differ each semester, depending on the availability of classrooms.

WIL is known as "Fieldwork placement" for this course. Fieldwork is an important component of the degree. Activities may include work placements, industry-based projects, case studies, simulations, virtual simulations, reflective journals, problem-based learning, mentoring from industry partners, work-related presentations, and role plays.

This program includes 400 hours Fieldwork placement during the 3rd year.

The fieldwork placement is unpaid.

About 1/3 of the units have final exams. The others are assessment based.

Satisfactory completion of at least six months consecutive study in a program deemed equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level qualification of at least level 7 as determined by the Country Education Profiles (CEP) of the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Note: No credit can be granted for any law and accounting units from offshore institutions due to differences with Australian practices.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students who complete Stanley College Bachelor of Community Services will be able to:

Demonstrate a coherent body of knowledge with depth in community services; including an ability to:

  • evaluate the socio-cultural, organisational and economic issues affecting the delivery of community services in Australia and internationally.
  • assess, plan, implement, and evaluate programs, projects and other activities with clients, including individuals, families, groups or communities.
  • understand the principles and values of ethical community service practice
  • demonstrate the understanding of risk evaluation and apply necessary legislative reporting requirements as per community services guidelines.
  • Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication with a variety of professional and non-professional stakeholders and audiences
  • Collaborate effectively with a range of professional and non-professional partners and stakeholders
  • Apply the knowledge and skills to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary framework within community services

Demonstrate self-management through their ability to:

  • Learn and work independently and in collaboration with others
  • Critically self-assess and reflect on their capabilities and performance, and
  • Effectively utilise feedback to support their professional and personal development
  • Demonstrate integrity and accountability by responding critically and ethically to issues and dilemmas defined by the Australian Community Worker Association Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines.
  • Apply and adhere to the principles of best practice guided by the Australian Code of Ethics in community services
  • Apply appropriate communication and problem-solving skills in an interdisciplinary as well as transcultural context to meet the individual and organisational needs
  • Critically review, analyse, consolidate, and synthesise technical and theoretical knowledge about community services practices.
  • Critically evaluate, synthesise, and apply information gathered from various sources to facilitate resource utilisation to achieve optimal outcomes at an individual, organisational, and community level in a range of community settings.

Creatively apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in diverse community contexts to:

  • issues in the provision of disability services,
  • issues in the provision of child/family protection,
  • complex individual needs
  • other areas of community services.
  • Develop, coordinate and apply innovative, socially inclusive and culturally sensitive strategies to engage individuals and groups in diverse community service settings.

Rules of Progression

The following course rules apply:
  • The Bachelor of Community Services will be awarded upon successfully completing all 24 units of study (240 credit points).
  • Students must successfully complete pre-requisites where indicated in the unit outlines.
  • Students must successfully complete at least 6 units of study in Year 1 before progressing to Year 2 units.
  • Students must successfully complete all Year 1 units prior to commencing Year 3 of study.

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