What will I learn?

This is a one-year introductory program for students interested in a range of entry-level careers in Youth Work.

You will gain an insight into the diverse challenges and needs of young people in a range of public and community-based settings and be prepared for further study in the field.

Career paths

On completion of the Diploma in Youth Work, graduates may seek entry level employment opportunities in a variety of public and community organisations. Roles may include working with young people or assisting with the administration of youth organizations.

Pathways to further study

The Diploma in Youth Work is a pathway program into the Bachelor of Youth Work. Students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Youth Work will be able to commence in the second year of the Bachelor of Youth Work

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Arts



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$23,400.00 (US$ 15,926) per year
Unit Fee: AUD $2,925

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

Application deadline

11 February 2020

More details

Start date

10 February 2020, 20 July 2020


Melbourne Campus

The Mary Glowrey Building,

115 Victoria Parade,



3065, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed year 12 or equivalent with a minimum 50% pass,

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Overall score: 6.0; Individual score of 5.5 in all tests

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 54 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skills

Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 78: minimum 20 in writing, 12 in reading, 17 in speaking and 11 in listening

ACU English Language Test: C (60-64%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE score: 169; Individual score of at least 162 in all tests

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About this uni

Australian Catholic University is one of the top three institutions in Australia for graduate employment.

  • Ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide
  • One of the top 50 ‘Gen Y’ institutes
  • ACU was awarded 5 stars by Good Universities Guide 2019
  • Strong ties with 200+ organisations across 40 countries