C5345 - Diploma of Community Services

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Plan: C5345 - Diploma of Community Services
Campus: City Campus

Overview

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: Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
Qualification national code: CHC52015
Nominal hours: 1390
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 year full-time
Location: Melbourne, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities

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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) equips students with the vocational skills and knowledge required by workers responsible for managing, coordinating and delivering person-centred services to individuals, groups or the community in general.  At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad direction from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. 

Work may include day-to-day support of individuals in community settings or supporting the implementation of specific community-based programs. Roles may provide support, advocacy or interventions to individuals, groups or communities and range from working under the direction and supervision of others to managing the programs and services themselves.

Occupational titles may include:

Assessor               
Family support worker
Case coordinator
Group facilitator / coordinator
Case worker or manager
Pastoral care counsellor
Client service assessor
Pastoral care manager
Community services worker
Program coordinator or manager
Community worker
Senior youth officer / chaplain
Social welfare worker
Coordinator family services
Support facilitator
Early intervention worker

 

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you, upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

The Diploma to degree pathway enables RMIT graduates of the Diploma of Community Services who achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher, a guaranteed offer and advanced standing into one of the School’s bachelor degrees:

To be eligible for the diploma to degree pathway promise, your VE program must have included graded assessments, which are used to assess your application. 

Learn more about articulation into Bachelor degrees in the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, via this link.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Learn more about pathways and eligibility for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning into this program.

 

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Entrance requirements

You must:

  • Have completed a Certificate IV in Community Services or a related field (Youth Work, Disability & Alcohol & Other Drugs; or
  • Have sufficient relevant experience and knowledge of community service work 


Selection task

Your application must include a statement of your interest and experience in Community Services.  If you are applying on the basis of your experience your application must also include:

  • a current CV reflecting your experience in the Community Services Industry 
  • a reference letter from the organisation where the experience took place

Note: You must complete a Working with Children Check and Police Check before going on placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in Community Services. However, this program has strong industry support and all course content, delivery and assessment is informed by industry through a Program Advisory Committee. This program is a nationally recognised vocational qualification, which was endorsed by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council.   RMIT works closely with major Victorian community services employers to meet the needs of people who are entering the community services workforce, and also provides the ongoing upskilling needs of existing workers. Industry partners are active participants in the selection of electives, delivery and assessment tasks.

The teaching staff within the program has extensive industry experience and networks with industry partners.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

As a student in this program you need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  There may be costs for lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, and for consumables such as printer paper. Commercial internet service providers may also charge for internet access outside the university campus. There may be other relevant costs for your degree. Your program will advise you of these costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

 

Library resources and services

 As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

 RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

 All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

 Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

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

 

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT .

 

 Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

 RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals

Services are available face to face and online for:

  • 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
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

Within the School of Global and Urban Studies there is a drop in centre called GUSSed in time - details can be found at the website for GUSS Skills Central: https://gussskillscentral.edu.au/

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