New begins with compassion

A community services degree allows you to understand, predict, explain and nurture human behaviour. You will use your skills to improve all aspects of society. This includes citizenship, infrastructure, the environment, the economy, social justice and mental health.

Community services has a range of study options that will start you on a life-altering journey to help make the world a better place.

Why study community services at UON?

  • One-of-a-kind programs will provide you with unique skills like Development Studies which is the only in Australia to include Economics and Aboriginal Studies as core courses
  • Be work ready with 1,000+ hours of work experience across a range of industries. Our graduates from this area enjoy an 88%+ employment rate.
  • Get hands on industry experience - Our Law on the Beach program for Social Work students. You'll also learn from industry professionals through shadowing and guest lectures.
  • Volunteer and build international experience with a range of global volunteering opportunities and international placements.
  • Strong job growth in Australia with continued above average employment forecasted for social workers.

Community services scholarships
Find out more about our scholarships for domestic and international students

229,400 ? new jobs in Community Services and Health sectors by 2018
$50.6 billion ? government investment in the Community Services sector

What you can study

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, but you know which field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.

Aged care involves working with, and advocating for, older people and assisting them to navigate the evolving health services environment. As Australia’s population ages, the demand for aged care workers is expected to increase. A career in this industry can be enriching and extremely rewarding.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Community Worker
  • Care Manager
  • Home Care Worker
  • Residential Team Leader

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Associate Degree of Integrated Care in Ageing
  2. Bachelor of Nursing
  3. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Community welfare is about creation of programs and initiatives that provide income, service or other support for disadvantaged people such as the poor, elderly, disabled, students, refugees and other underprivileged groups. You will act as a key advocate for their rights and help lobby for change. This area may be challenging but the difference community welfare experts make is enormous.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Policy Analyst
  • Community Development Officer
  • Migrant Support Officer
  • Youth Worker

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice (major in Human Services)
  2. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Community Welfare and Human Services)
  3. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Criminology)
  4. Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Globalisation is a process of interaction between people, companies and governments of different nations. This process is commonly driven by international trade and investment and aided by information technology. Professionals in this area have a global outlook and a strong understanding of economics, social justice and politics.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Aid Worker
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Development Worker
  • Policy Analyst

Degree options

  1. Bachelor of Business (major in International Business or Governance, Policy and Political Economy)
  2. Bachelor of Commerce (major in Economics)
  3. Bachelor of Development Studies (major in Globalisation and Economic Development)
  4. Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice (major in Politics and International Relations)
  5. Bachelor of Arts (major in Politics and International Relations)
  6. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Politics and International Relations)

Social work is about supporting and resolving personal and social relationship issues between individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. Social workers maintain a dual focus on both assisting with wellbeing as well as identifying external issues that may impact this wellbeing. There is a strong demand for qualified social workers and job opportunities are broad and incredibly rewarding.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Case Manager
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Social Worker

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why. This field moulds experts in human behaviour and with the skills and strategies to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Career opportunities are broad and varied and understanding human behaviour is a definite advantage in any industry.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Welfare Officer

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Psychological Science
  2. Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice (major in Psychology Studies)
  3. Bachelor of Arts (major in Psychology Studies)
  4. Bachelor of Science (major in Psychology)
  5. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Psychology Studies)

This area is about development at a local, national and international level. It focuses on making economic and social transformations in our communities. You could focus on infrastructure, services and planning or social issues like gentrification and urban sprawl.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Cultural Development Officer
  • Town Planner/Urban Designer
  • Transport Geographer
  • Demographer

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Development Studies (major in Urban and Regional Development)
  2. Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice (major in Human Geography and the Environment)
  3. Bachelor of Arts (major in Human Geography and the Environment)
  4. Bachelor of Science (major in Geography)
  5. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Human Geography and the Environment)

Postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees are a higher level of study that clarify and redefine your new. In most cases, but not all, you would usually complete a postgraduate qualification after your undergraduate degree.

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PhD and Research Masters

Higher degrees in research are centred on defining your new through research and discovery. Research PhDs or Masters can only be completed after the Honours component of your undergraduate degree.

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Top 3 in Australia ? for cognitive sciences
World top 100 ? for sociology
World top 150 ? for psychology
'above world standard' ? for social work research