Bachelor of Human Services and Entrepreneurship

*Subject to University approval

Want to make a positive difference to solve social problems in a rapidly changing human services sector? You’ll develop a broad suite of skills to become a social entrepreneur who can assist, advocate and empower people and communities who are experiencing complex social and economic challenges.

Course outline

As a graduate you’ll be skilled in areas including organisational management, project and grant writing, advocacy, community work and innovating to solve challenging social problems.

You’ll develop knowledge and skills of how to become entrepreneurs who can create, propose and have social impact to address complex global challenges through developing innovative and creative solutions. Graduates develop skills working with government and third-sector organisations in case management, community work, group work, ethical practice and managing complex cases.

Learn in the field

Field-based placements are a compulsory component of the program. It provides students with a real-world experience and an opportunity to integrate knowledge of theories and concepts into practice. The program has two field-based placements, one in Year 2 and one in Year 3. Field placement equates to 410 hours and is conducted in a variety of organisations, where you will be able to work on real projects, alongside industry professionals.

Career opportunities

Pursue roles such as:

Community and human services sector

  • Case manager
  • Child protection officer
  • Community education officer
  • Director of human and health programs and services
  • Program manager (Disability services)
  • Family services officer
  • Health promotion officer
  • Health services manager
  • Management and entrepreneurship - Coordinator human services
  • Team leader
  • Manager (Partnerships and strategic development)
  • Human services manager
  • Human services practitioner marketing officer/manager

Social enterprise sector

  • Executive officer
  • Assistant director (Fundraising and marketing)
  • Assistant director (Program delivery)
  • Director (Social inclusion)
  • Director (People and culture)

The finer details

Duration: 3 years full-time (or 6 years part-time equivalent)

Location: Mt Helen, Berwick, Gippsland, Flexible delivery

Application: VTAC/Direct

Note: This course is only available for domestic applicants.

Entry requirements

Year 12

  • Units 3 and 4: A study score of at least 20 in any English
  • A study score of 35 in any business, humanities, information technology or in Economics, Literature, Media, Philosophy or Psychology. (Equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.)
Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the SEAS. Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.

Read more about SEAS >

Non-Year 12

Higher Education, VET and/or work/life experience

Extra requirements

Applicants must obtain police check, Working With Children Check (WWCC) and immunisation (Statement of currency) prior to enrolment

Professional recognition

Subject to accreditation by Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)

Further study options

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Areas of study

  • Community and human services
  • Entrepreneurship and human services
  • Social enterprise and innovation

Sample course structure

Year 1

  • Introduction to Community and Human Services
  • Sociological Imagination
  • Indigenous History
  • Management Principles
  • Interpersonal Counselling for Professional Practice
  • Theories and Models for Practice
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management

Year 2

  • Theories and practice of group work
  • 160 hours of work-integrated learning
  • Community Practice Approaches
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
  • Social Policy

Year 3

  • Critical Practice Approaches
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Research Methods
  • Applied Ethics in Contemporary Societies
  • Field placement (250 hours)
  • Project Management