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Bachelor of Human Services (Health and Social Wellbeing)

Summary
Bachelor of Human Services Major Health & Social Wellbeing (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 year/s or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich

Semester 3 intake is only available via external study.
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Become a disability professional for the future

Are you interested in the wellbeing of others and a role within government, community or health and social care organisations? With a Bachelor of Human Services (Health and Social Wellbeing) from USQ you will acquire knowledge and skills to organise services and case manage people with a disability or the healthy older person. Your studies will look at assessment and support strategies to assist people to maintain independence and quality of life.

This program will explore a variety of best practice methods to ensure individuals sustain a quality of life at home or in the community. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of social wellbeing, disability care, healthy ageing, assessment of individuals and families and provision of services.

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 (Child and Family 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.  

As a graduate of this degree you will possess skills in assessment, rehabilitation, case management and evidence based practice. You will be well-equipped to be a leader within the health care sector to meet future demands and requirements following the implementation of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Professional experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

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 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - Monday 16 November 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.