About the course

About the course

If you want to make a difference to the lives of young people our youth work course will allow you to gain the skills and knowledge to facilitate programs for young people in a range of community-based settings.

In our youth work course you’ll learn from experienced trainers how to address the social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people, and take part in extensive industry work placement.

The course has significant collaboration with industry, including observation of practical assessments.

You will build skills and knowledge in:

  • working effectively with, and providing services to, young people
  • responding to critical situations
  • child protection
  • mental health
  • drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • legal and ethical compliance
  • diversity and communication

Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

March (Lilydale) 

Note: this course requires you to complete 2 days compulsory orientation prior to the start of the course.  

Full time: 1 year (3 days a week)

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Lilydale Campus

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our youth work course you can to apply for a range of employment opportunities including roles as a:

  • community development worker (youth)
  • youth & family resource officer
  • indigenous youth worker
  • recreational youth activities worker
  • youth case worker
  • residential care worker
  • youth housing support worker
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Entry Requirements

Students are required to:

  • be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of the course
  • have basic English skills (written and verbal communication)
  • have access to a computer/tablet device with internet, a camera and a microphone
  • provide evidence of current immunisation status for a Category A Health Care Worker
  • undertake a pre training review, including your digital literacy skills to ensure remote delivery is suitable
  • clearly articulate your career ambitions to this qualification and demonstrate how this qualification will help you achieve your career goals
  • achieve required LLN levels during the Core Skills Diagnostic Test (CSDT)

Industry Entry Requirements:

To be eligible to undertake work placement, you must provide evidence of the following:

  • current Working With Children (WWC) check (volunteer)
  • current National Police Check with no disclosable outcomes listed - this may be requested
  • full vaccination against COVID-19 (minimum three doses)


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to apply for entry into the Diploma of Community Services

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$845$4,225$13,132
Service & Amenity Fee$260$260$260$260
Material Fee$270$270$270$270
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$530$1,375$4,755$13,662
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$530$1,375$4,755$13,662

Service & Amenity Fee may very depending on course commencement and enrolment duration. Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2023 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Completion of 18 units (14 core and 4 elective).

To be assessed as competent in this qualification you are required to undertake a minimum 150 hours supervised work placement in a relevant youth setting (for example residential youth services, youth education and recreational programs).

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