BP191 - Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)

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Plan: BP191P06 - Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
Award abbreviation: BSocSc(YWk)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time, 6 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 090505
CRICOS code: 050982J

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Purpose of the Program

Youth Work is about realising justice for young people, securing their wellbeing and recognising their human rights, entitlements and obligations. The profession strives towards securing environments in which young people, locally and globally, can participate, realise individual and collective capabilities and thrive intellectually, physically and creatively. Youth workers work with young people individually, in groups, and in a variety of roles as advocates. The Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) program focuses on teaching youth work within a social science context. This means exploring the social, political, policy and other environments in which both young people and youth work are situated, equipping graduate to be informed professionals who understand connections between theory and practice. 

The program also focuses on equipping graduates with the skill to make good ethical and other informed judgements in their professional practice. In the program, you will experience a variety of interactive learning and teaching approaches, both face to face and online. These include formal lectures, workshops, experiential learning and WIL. The second and third years of the program include field education experience in an Australian or International youth service. 

The program will prepare you as a graduate for entry-level employment in a wide variety of organisations in Australia and overseas which provide services and advocate for young people. These include dedicated youth services, local governments, health services, major welfare agencies, educational institutions, government agencies and a range of national and international organisations. In this context, students are prepared for a range of roles, including service-delivery (for example in accommodation, drug and alcohol, and youth justice settings), advocacy, planning, program design, management and policy development. Many of our graduates progress to further study in areas such as international development, education, counselling and social policy.

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Articulation and pathways

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in the Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work): 

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Master of Social Work, Master of Public Policy, Master of Justice and Criminology, and Master of International Development, subject to each program's entry requirements.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Non year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History Online if they wish other information to be considered. Applicants should explain their reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

Note: Students are required to complete a Working with Children Check and a Police Check before going on placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

As graduates of the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Youth Work) you may work across many industries, and be eligible to join peak bodies such as Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YAC Vic), the Youth Workers Association (YWA) or the Australian Community Workers’ Association (ACWA). Associations with these bodies provide benefits such as employment, prizes and awards which are relevant to career development.

This program is not professionally accredited. However, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) has strong partnerships with Youth industries that take many forms. The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of high profile industry representatives. Teaching and research staff work closely across the sector to develop training, undertake research or provide media commentary on all matters of societal issues that affect young people, policy and programs. The program invites industry partners, practitioners and policy experts to facilitate authentic learning and assessment experiences for students at various points of their study.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance
  • We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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