Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies
The Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies explores complex issues affecting at-risk youth, such as homelessness, radicalisation, poverty and mental health. It encourages critical debate and investigation of youth in relation to space, digital landscapes, culture, religion, family and the law.
The role of a youth worker is diverse, with many challenging and rewarding career opportunities. This program aims to examine and foster the environments in which all young people can thrive and feel confident, connected and safe.
This program combines a number of learning experiences including fieldwork, work placements, online study environments and real-world projects.
You'll take part in interactive coursework through excursions, online workshops and activity-based workshops.
Through individual and group presentations, you will develop skills in presenting ideas to large groups, facilitating discussion and engaging in critical debate.
You'll examine case studies, analyses, journal articles, academic texts, and more; deeply exploring the work of experts in your field.
Guest lectures will provide you with relevant and up-to-date insights from industry professionals.
A core component of the program is youth work field education, which provides you with invaluable on-the-job experience.
In the second year of the program you will undertake industry-engaged project work, and in the third you will undertake 35 days of supervised placement in agencies that work with young people. This placement can be undertaken in urban, rural or remote locations in Australia or overseas.
Classes include a combination of:
- industry-based presentations
- problem-based learning
- group-based learning
- independent research
- reflective learning techniques
- case studies.
Assessment tasks include:
- essay writing
- report and project writing
- class presentations
- group work
- online discussion
- case studies
- problem-solving and analysis
- industry-based assessment
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program provides four main streams of learning:
Professional Human Services
Prepares you to work in client-facing industries as a carer, counsellor, advocate and champion of others, in sometimes challenging environments.
Puts you in the professional practice field, where you will gain a clearer understanding of how the youth sector works.
Develop critical insights into the research on and representations of young people that influence policy making decisions.
Specialisation & Electives
Further explore and specialise in a subject of your choice. Areas of study include: criminal justice, international development, Indigenous Studies, community services and languages.
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3 years full-time
6 years part-time
3 years full-time
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Program code: BP322
Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest employing industry in Australia, with job growth set to continue over the next five years. Many social assistance services for young people are delivered by skilled youth workers, whose expertise are in high demand.
Youth workers are employed in areas such as:
- local government
- health services
- youth refuges and housing programs
- alcohol and other drug agencies
- major welfare services
- youth justice settings
- school support programs
- educational institutions
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
For non Year 12:
Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated year 12 prerequisites or RMIT minimum academic entry requirements.
Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in other
RMIT University programs including:
- Bachelor of Social Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) (Honours)
- Bachelor of Justice and Criminology (Honours)
- Master of Social Work
- Master of Justice and Criminology
- Master of Public Policy
- Master of International Development
Entry is subject to each program's entry requirements.
In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*.
* Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2019
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.