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.

In 2020 we will be offering two streams under this qualification:

  • youth work
  • residential care

The qualification has 12 common units in stage 1 (first 6 months) then you will move into your chosen stream in stage 2 (based on sufficent numbers). Students will need to detemine which stream they intend to enter at enrolment.

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 Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Semester 1 - February (Lilydale 1st preference and Elgar will be 2nd preference)

Semester 2 - July Intake (Elgar and Lilydale campuses)

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

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

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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
  • youth worker
  • residentail care worker
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Entry Requirements

You must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • have a current Working with Children Check**
  • have a National Police Check**
  • hold a certificate in First Aid (HLTAID003) optional
  • Attend a Pre Training Review (PTR) interview 

** Satisfactory police and working with children checks prior to commencement of the course are required for industry work placement and future employment in this field.

All applicants need to achieve the required scores in a supervised Core Skills Diagnostic test and attend a group interview

It is strongly advised that students attend a BHI Information session before starting the enrollment process

In order to book your pre training review interview, you must have completed the following steps:

  1. completed and submitted your entire application
  2. completed your Core Skills Diagnostic Profile and met minimum requirements in literacy, numeracy, and writing

Group interviews for Semester 2 2020 intake to be advised.



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.


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Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Successful completion will enable you to apply for the Diploma Youth Work or Diploma 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 to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$764$3,818$12,471
Service Fee$160$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80$80
Material Fee$216$216$216$216
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$456$1,220$4,274$12,927
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$456$1,220$4,274$12,927

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. 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, involving, for example, residential youth services, youth education and recreational programs.

Support provided by a workplace supervisor will contribute to assessment of your ability to work at this level.

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