Bachelor of Social Science - Youth Work

RMIT University

Study in Australia's longest running Youth Work course. Students acquire knowledge and skills in a professional course based on ethical conduct and a commitment to the development, well-being and human rights of young people. They learn about social, cultural, environmental and political factors that impact on young people and their place in society, and they apply this knowledge to practice in local and international youth work settings. Students do project-based work and supervised placements in agencies that work with young people, making valuable contributions to youth sector agencies and gaining on-the-job and industry-based experience. Our students have worked with project teams in partner organisations in the Asia-Pacific, Europe and the USA. Youth workers are employed in a range of settings including community, youth justice and crisis centres, school support programs, disability services, and education, training and research.

Course Fee:

Australian: $74,880
International: $74,880

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


Year 1 - You'll acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Australian society in a global context and how to understand and work with young people in face-to-face situations. Year 2 - You will develop a solid grounding in legal and justice issues for youth, the foundations for social research and workplace ethics, as well as undertake industry-engaged project work. You'll also select two electives. Year 3 - You'll develop knowledge in youth work policy, planning, management and evaluation and undertake 35 days of supervised placement in agencies that work with young people. You'll also select two electives.

Subjects you can Study:

Advocacy, Case management, Community development, Community services, Community work, Counselling, Legal and justice studies, Organisational studies, Politics, Professional practice, Research methods, Social sciences, Society, Sociology, Youth policy, Youth work.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include youth development officer, community development worker (youth), indigenous youth worker, recreational youth activities worker, youth alcohol and other drugs worker, residential care worker, youth and family services worker, youth housing support worker, youth mental health worker, youth justice worker.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City No info No Part time
City No info No Full time 3 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

Interest areas include:

The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

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