Diploma of Youth Work
Are you employed in the youth work sector and want to further develop your skills? Have you just completed your Certificate IV in Youth Work and want to pursue further studies?
In this program you’ll further your skills and develop strategies to manage programs and services for young people.
This program will enable you to:
- build and establish strong working relationships
- focus on objectives for the benefit of clients and the organisation
- help you develop your own leadership style.
A major strength of this program is its flexible delivery and an industry approach that recognises your current level of skills and the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in this program to your workplace.
This program is ideal for those wanting to further their careers in the youth work sector.
For students not already employed within the sector you will be required to complete a work placement as part of your studies.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program will incorporate one-on-one mentoring, weekly classes, workshops and team and individual projects.
Assessment occurs through a variety of methods including:
- written reports
- class activities and participation
- online discussion
- supervisor reports and observations
- project briefs and evaluations
- assessments based on your work placements.
You will learn from current practicing youth workers, who are well connected within the industry.
Guest lecturers will provide relevant and up-to-date information about current practice within industry.
This program promotes workplace learning, and projects undertaken are directly related to improving work practice and skills development.
By showing how you can apply all of the required competencies while on the job, this program enables you to gain skills and knowledge directly applicable to your workplace and encourages you to share current work practices with your fellow students.
RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program prepares students to meet industry needs. This program maintains strong links with the community services sector through course design, development, delivery and assessment.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You will study the knowledge and principles underpinning holistic, strength-based practice.
- case management
- community development
- effective communication
- mental health
- crisis intervention
- legal and ethical issues.
- government and organisational structure
- outreach work.
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Program code: C5331
National curriculum code: CHC50413
The role of a youth worker offers many exciting and challenging career opportunities.
RMIT graduates are highly sought after for a wide range of positions including those in:
- psycho-social support services, including residential, day program and outreach
- recreational programs
- juvenile justice
- local government
Graduates have also taken their careers overseas, working with agencies such as Oxfam.
- community development manager
- youth program manager
- youth services coordinator
- youth and family services manager
- youth housing support manager
- youth mental health manager
- juvenile justice manager
You must have:
- successfully completed the Certificate IV in Youth Work or equivalent
- significant work or professional practice in youth work
Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program
Some inherent requirements for this program include:
- reading and writing skills for understanding and contributing to client documentation and reports
- managing your behaviour and emotions to provide safe and competent client care
- time based problem-solving when working with clients
View the full list of Diploma in Youth Work inherent requirements:
Who are they for?
Inherent requirements apply to every applicant and may be worth considering if you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition.
Why do you need to know?
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, and the non-academic abilities you may need in this program, you can:
- understand more about the program
- determine if you may need support during your studies
- make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you.
What support is available?
If there are any activities that may be difficult for you to undertake, please discuss this with RMIT program staff or Equitable Learning Services (ELS).
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we may be able to support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with ELS.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Youth Work are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria) into one of the following programs:
- Bachelor of Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology
- Bachelor of Legal and Dispute Studies
- Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
- Bachelor of Environment and Society
- Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Environment and Society
- Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours)
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place.
To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at ‘How to check if you are eligible’.
- 2018 government subsidised place: AU$4750* per annum
- 2018 full-fee place: AU$10750* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide. Learn more about fees for vocational study.
VET Student Loans
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme (VSL), which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.
How does a VET Student Loan work?
If your VSL application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.
If your program is eligible for the VSL scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference once you exceed the cap.
Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt. You will start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (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 2018 is $298.
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.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.