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Bachelor of Human Services (Community Development and Indigenous Studies)

Summary
Bachelor of Human Services Major Community Development & Indigenous Studies (BHMS)
  • CRICOS: 070616K

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

Semester 3 intake is only available via external study.
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Be empowered to meet the needs of the community

Are you passionate about issues that impact the community? Interested in learning about Australian Indigenous perspectives and ways of thinking?
Throughout the Bachelor of Human Services (Community Development and Indigenous Studies) you will be challenged to critically analyse and debate contemporary issues that affect communities, such as:

  • ethics and social welfare
  • environment
  • gender and racial equality
  • social justice, and
  • the Law.

Our Indigenous staff will enable you to develop the ability to work with and within Indigenous communities in culturally appropriate and effective ways.

Practical experience

You will gain valuable experience in diverse community and welfare settings by completing a minimum of 400 hours of professional experience placements. Students will be required to provide the following to USQ:

  • current Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check Certificate
  • a current Blue Card from the Queensland Government Commission for Children and Young People and Young Guardian
  • immunisations may be required in order to attend particular settings.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Human Services (Community Development and Indigenous Studies) is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

If you successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours of professional placement (fieldwork) courses you will be eligible to apply for ACWA accreditation. You will need to attend a mandatory 3-day residential school as part of the ACWA accreditation requirement.

Graduates can work as community development officers, human service professionals in government and community settings, social care institutions, or organisations that design and offer programs and services to Indigenous communities.

Other majors for the Bachelor of Human Services include: Child and Family StudiesCounselling, Health and Social Wellbeing and Human Resource Management.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
plus 1 x 8-unit major
8

plus a second 8-unit major
     or 2 x 4-unit minors
     or 1 x 4-unit minor plus 4 x approved courses
     or 8 x approved courses

8
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 25200
On-campus AUD 30480

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry requirements for Semester 3, 2019

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4 SA) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

Entry requirements for Semester 1, 2020

To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

Find out more about assumed knowledge.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

CRICOS: 070616K

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 3, 2019 - Monday 18 November 2019.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.