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What will I learn?

Provides a comprehensive program of study in the essentials of youth work as an embedded practice within community work. The course includes specialist units in youth work, plus complementary studies in community work.

Students can choose complementary areas of study such as Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies, Addiction Studies, Community Work, Criminology, Psychology, Counselling, Visual Arts, Media and Communication, Events Management, and Outdoor Adventure.

Course Structure

Students are required to complete 11 Core units. In addition to the core units, students should complete any 12 unit major in the School of Arts and Humanities from discipline areas such as Social Science, Youth Work, Design, Psychology, Arts, Contemporary Arts and Media & Communications; or any other combination of majors, minors, or elective units from the School of Arts and Humanities or other schools where available.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply broad theoretical and technical knowledge of youth work theory, methods, principles and values to a range of situations relevant to Youth Work, including its contribution to society, communities and young people.
  • Think critically to analyse and make decisions about complex ideas encountered in Youth Work that take into account environmental, social, cultural and economic implications.
  • Use digital technologies to access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources that are appropriate to Youth Work.
  • Communicate knowledge of sociological perspectives on youth, and independently express ideas clearly, coherently and appropriately to diverse audiences including young people, families, colleagues and the public.
  • Demonstrate how global context shapes similarities and differences in work with young people and develop a cross-cultural responsiveness, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  • Work collaboratively to develop programs, projects and services that exhibit social, sustainable, and ethical values relevant young people.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning in professional practice in work with young people.

Employment opportunities

This course prepares graduates for a diverse range of positions in youth work. Entry level positions may be in youth welfare services including homeless support services, youth health, youth advice, advocacy and support programs. Graduates also find employment in youth holiday programs, youth activity centres, informal education with young people, school-based support programs, and chaplaincy. Depending on students' selection of complementary studies they may wish to pursue careers with a special focus on recreation, sport, adventure programs, youth arts, youth counselling, addiction services, youth mental health services, or youth justice. Employers of youth work graduates include, Local, State and Federal Government, National Charities and local community organisations.

Possible future job titles

Youth Worker, Youth Support Worker, Youth Development Officer

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities

CRICOS

079117A

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,450.00 (18,12,026) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,450

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Venue

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Joondalup Campus,

270 Joondalup Drive,

JOONDALUP,

Western Australia,

6027, PERTH, Australia

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,450.00 (18,12,026) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $33,450

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected June 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High School Diploma plus SAT Standard Entry - Before March 2016: A minimum total score of 1500 (out of 2400); with a minimum score of 460 in Maths, Critical Reading and Writing sections. From March 2016: A minimum total score of 1090 (out of 1600); with a minimum score of 510 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; and a minimum score of 500 in Math; Higher Entry - Before March 2016: A minimum total score of 1875 (out of 2400); with a minimum score of 460 in Maths, Critical Reading and Writing sections. From March 2016: A minimum total score of 1330 (out of 1600); with a minimum score of 510 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing; and a minimum score of 500 in Math. Minimum requirements for secondary school results can change, depending on the country where you completed secondary study. English Language Requirements accepted: Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.0, with no individual band less than 6.0; TOEFL: Minimum score of 550, including Test of Written English of 5 or better; TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 70, with no individual score less than 17; PTE Academic: PTE Academic 52, with no scores less than 50 for courses with a current requirement; University of Cambridge [Cambridge English: Advanced]: Pre-2015: A score between 52 - 57 with no less than 'Borderline' in any element of the test. Post-2015: An overall score of 169, with no individual band less than 169; or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 including TWE of 5.

For international students

All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course.

  • AQF Cert IV;
  • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;
  • University Preparation Course;
  • Indigenous University Orientation Course;
  • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or
  • Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Minimum requirements for secondary school results can change, depending on the country where you completed secondary study.

English competency requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Overall band minimum score of 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0).
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - 52, with no scores less than 50. (Results are valid for two years only.)
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 70, with no individual score less than 17.
  • TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) - Minimum score of 550, including Test of Written English of 5 or better.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Australian Professional Skills Institute
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About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5% of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
  • Enjoys broad industry connections