Youth Work is an exciting and challenging career involving working for and with young people in a variety of fun and rewarding ways. The key thing that differentiates youth workers from other community service workers is that young people are their primary concern. Youth work acknowledges the social and cultural environments within which young people live and helps foster young people's emotional and social development. You will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people. Our graduates are employed in local government, welfare services, youth justice, educational institutions, substance abuse and homelessness agencies. The Bachelor of Youth Work responds to community need for highly trained and skilled youth workers to meet the needs of young people in a range of public and community-based settings. Students will qualify to: function as team members in the delivery of youth services; carry out research and policy development; develop effective prevention and intervention strategies to understand the issues confronting young people and youth workers; work with young people at both group and individual levels; be academically and ethically competent in the discipline. Students will receive valuable practical experience in working with young people in agencies, in addition to the theoretical insights and practical competencies needed for enabling creative roles in dealing with the needs, problems and aspirations of young people.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,680
International: $68,160

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.


240 credit points. Students are required to complete two practicum placements in the course. In second year, students are required to spend 200 hours (6 weeks) in an agency working with young people and, in third year, students will be required to spend 300 (8 weeks) placement hours in an agency that works with young people.

Subjects you can Study:

Youth work; Sociology

Further information:

Career paths for this course: Community Education Worker; Local Government Youth Officer; School Retention and Participation Officer; Youth Activities Officer; Youth and Community Worker; Youth and Family Mediation; Youth Counsellor; Youth Development Officer; Youth Engagement Worker; Youth Health Educator; Youth Liaison Worker; Youth Officer; Youth Outreach Worker; Youth Policy Officer; Youth Support Worker; Youth Welfare Worker; Youth Worker.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Counsellor, Welfare Worker, Youth Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.85 No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) 58.85 No Part time 6 years

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