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Bachelor of Human Services

COURSE OVERVIEW

The EQUALS Bachelor of Human Services is a professional, integrated and comprehensive human services course that offers comprehensive up to date knowledge and experience discipline-specific, practical and applied training. From core learning and the development of critical skills and thinking, through to the development of ethical practice and professionalism, you’ll emerge as a competent practitioner.

You will practice applying your knowledge through latest case studies, unique problem solving, group collaboration, essays, the completion of practical exercises, unique professional placements, research, and examinations.

You will become a ‘work-ready’ graduate with acquired knowledge and experience in all aspects of contemporary human services and health management. You’ll gain both depth and breadth; from traditional heath management administration units, through to more specialised options.

NESTED COURSES

The Bachelor of Human Services includes two shorter award courses, or nested courses:

Diploma in Human Services (exit point 1) – Students who have successfully completed the first 8 courses of the Bachelor of Human Services may exit with the Diploma.

Associate Degree in Human Services (exit point 2) – Students who have successfully completed the first 16 courses of the Bachelor of Human Services may exit with the Associate Degree.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

Health management plays a critical role in society.

It ensures that public and private investment in health and wellbeing is well planned and managed and that it delivers innovative, effective, and efficient services.

Integrating management and leadership studies in the context of the health sector facilitates the integration of clinical understanding, management and leadership skills, and an applied knowledge of Australia’s health care system and policy framework.

COURSE AND UNIT DETAILS (including course diagram)

Course name: Bachelor of Human Services

Level: Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level seven qualification

Units: 24 units

Study mode: full-time face to face delivery only

Location: This course is delivered at the Adelaide campus.

Full time study duration:

  • By standard study mode (2 trimesters per academic year) = 3 years full time equivalent
  • By accelerated study mode (3 trimesters per academic year) = 2 years full time equivalent

Academic Calendar: For more details please click here.

The course structure:  14 core units; 4 electives; professional practice placements equivalent to 6 units

 

In the first year, the course includes the following core, foundational units:

  • Introduction to social and human services in Australia (100 level)
  • Principles of professional practice and business management skills (100 level)
  • Communications skills for human services professionals (100 level)
  • Culture, diversity, and gender (100 level)
  • Legal and ethical dimensions of human services practice (100 level)
  • Foundations of psychology (100 level)

You will undertake the first of your professional practice industry placements in your first year.
Practical placement units occur in the second, fourth and sixth trimester of the course, or as negotiated, authorised alternative in special circumstances.

When you have completed all 6 unit equivalent practical placements, you will have met the professional experience requirements for registration with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

OUTCOMES

The Bachelor of Human Services provides you with a broad and cohesive knowledge of key theories and practice relevant to the human services for application in a range of professional contexts and to instil a commitment to sustainable practice and ongoing professional development and learning.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services will be able to:

  • Apply a broad, coherent and integrated knowledge of theory and practice in the human services environment
  • Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in the underlying principles and concepts of human services including policy development, ethics and legal practice, financial management, people management, and specific policy areas as a basis for ethical professional practice and independent learning
  • Critically review and analyse administrative and discipline-specific knowledge and practice, and synthesise information for effective decision making
  • Apply technical and creative skills to manage core human services operations and resolve problems and difficulties through critical and innovative thinking and informed judgement in accordance with ethical and professional business practices
  • Communicate knowledge, skills, and ideas with clarity and coherence to develop and influence collaborative and cooperative relationships with business, industry, and clinical stakeholders
  • Apply knowledge and skills with initiative and informed judgment in human services planning, problem solving and decision making processes
  • Work collaboratively in teams
  • Adapt knowledge, concepts, and technical skills in diverse contexts and settings
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in the application of knowledge and skills for professional practice, ongoing professional development, and when working in collaboration with stakeholders.
GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES AND SKILLS

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services course will be professional practitioners who:

  • demonstrate a commitment to the service of humanity through an expression of humility and compassion
  • advocate for diversity, justice, and equality and seek to empower others
  • demonstrate professional competence in all aspects of human services and community work delivery
  • strive to maintain the highest professional standards of care and personal integrity; and
  • are committed to continuing to improve their own professional practice through learning and the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.

As a graduate you will be:

  • equipped with the cognitive and analytical skills, judgement, and decision making abilities necessary to succeed in the human services/health management sector
  • encouraged and enabled to be advocates of lifelong learning and ethical practice
  • well-equipped to achieve your own goals and ambitions within the sector
  • eligible for membership of professional groups, organisations, and industry peak bodies; and
  • equipped with skills and attributes tocontinue on to further study.
COURSE ACCREDITATION

EQUALS is a registered Higher Education Provider under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Act 2011 and the Bachelor of Human Services is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Provider registration number: PRV14279

Course ID: CRS1400640

The Bachelor of Human Services is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHWAYS

Graduates can expect to pursue meaningful careers and pathways in:

  • child, youth and adolescent services
  • family services
  • community services
  • disability services
  • migrant and refugee agencies
  • homelessness and social housing agencies
  • alcohol and other drugs services
  • gender-based and domestic violence services
  • aged care services
  • mental health services
  • local, state and commonwealth government departments and agencies
  • Aboriginal and Indigenous services.
WHEN CAN I START?

You can start at the beginning of the first two trimester study periods each year.

Upcoming enrolment and commencement dates for this year are:

Enrol by 06 February 2020 | 11 May 2020

Intake trimester start and end dates vary, consult your welcome letter.

Please find the current Academic Calendar by clicking on the following link: https://equals.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HEF-007-2020-2022-Higher-Education-Academic-Calendar.pdf

ACADEMIC CALENDAR AND ENROLMENT DATES

Please find the current Academic Calendar by clicking on the following link: https://equals.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HEF-007-2020-2022-Higher-Education-Academic-Calendar.pdf 

ADMISSION PATHWAY & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Please read the list of options available to enable you to meet the entry requirements to your chosen course, depending on your previous study or other experience.

Applicant background
Please read the following to find admission information most useful to your individual circumstances.

Higher education study
For those applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education (school) is an accredited higher education provider (including university).

Vocational education and training (VET) study
For those applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education (school) is an accredited VET course.

Work and life experience (includes less recent secondary results)
For those applicants who left secondary education (school) more than two years ago and have not undertaken any VET or higher education study since then.

Adult and Mature Aged Entry (applicants with work and life experience)
Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

  • broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable likelihood of success; OR
  • formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable likelihood of success; OR
  • written submission to demonstrate reasonable likelihood of success.

Recent secondary education
Applicants whose admission is based mostly on secondary education completed at school, TAFE or other VET or higher education provider (Australian or overseas equivalent) that was/will be completed int he current year or within the previous two years.

School leavers and applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)
Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 65 (or equivalent)

Non-School Leavers

A completed higher education qualification at AQF level IV (Certificate IV) or above, or
equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO) or another accredited higher education provider
OR
Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or
equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.
All applicants will participate in an admissions interview in person or via a web based video meeting. This is an important opportunity to meet an Admissions Advisor who will spend time understanding your application and career goals for academic consideration. It is also an ideal opportunity to ask questions and learn more about student life at EQUALS.

ADDITIONAL COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All applicants will participate in an admissions interview in person or via a web-based video meeting. This is an important opportunity to meet an Admissions Advisor who will spend time understanding your application and career goals. It is also an ideal opportunity to ask questions and learn more about student life at EQUALS. Regardless of your nominated entry pathway, you are required to support your application by demonstrating your capacity to meet the academic, ethical and participation demands of your program of choice at interview or, where requested by Admissions staff, through a written statement of purpose (SoP).

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PLACEMENTS

Professional Practice Placements (PPP) are a vital and exciting part of your Bachelor of Human Services course.  This section contains comprehensive information about your PPP.

Please be aware that Professional Practice Placements (PPP) as timetabled every second trimester are a compulsory component of your course. 

Your timetable preserves Thursdays and Fridays for the insertion of your practice placement (Prac) study load.

Each Prac A and B are equivalent to a full time unit of study of 10 credit points across 12 weeks and are timetabled together making them a double unit together in one study period or 20 credit points.

This enables flexibility for negotiating actual Prac hours with the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) partner. EQUALS endeavours to arrange required placement hours to fit both your host and your own preferences as best as practicable.

What EQUALS does for you:

  • The Placement Coordinator (contact details) consults with you regarding your professional interests and placement availability
  • Books and confirms the placement with both parties and advises the CC and placement supervisor
  • Advises checks and clearances required, contact details and exact costs (list here with indicative costs)
  • Orders your TShirt uniform in the correct size

What you need to do:

  • Make an appointment with the Placement Coordinator (contact details)
  • Sign placement agreement
  • Obtain advised checks and clearances,
  • Order and pay for TShirt uniform
  • Open provided link to the PPP Manual and familiarise yourself with it ready for the first tutorial
  • Professional Practice Placement provides you with opportunities to apply academic learning to a practical setting whereyou can begin to develop as professional practitioners: you learn to work within the professional framework of ACWA ethics and values; you also learn how to manage yourselves in the workplace as team members and colleagues.
  • This table gives a summary of placement information. It is to be used as a guide only — please note that it is essential to familiarise yourself with the entire manual before starting the placement process.
Duration 576 Professional Practice Placement hours over three 20 credit point units – undertaken at 16 hours per week in every second study period which add up to the total of 720 study hours including scaffolded tutorials and assessments throughout.
Timing o    Placements are undertaken in every second study period.
Academic prerequisites See the appropriate Study Guide 
Other requirements

o    Attend the pre-placement workshop for PRAC 100 (this provides orientation to practicum units overall).

o    Complete Pre-Placement online module

o    Complete a student pre-placement interview form

o    Attend pre-placement interviews with the Professional Practice Placement Coordinator and Course Coordinator

Placement settings and fields of practice

o    Two placements must be in different fields of practice and with different organisations

o    At least one placement must entail direct service delivery

Documentation for police and screening checks http://screening.dcsi.sa.gov.au/screening-process/how-to-apply
Conduct while on placement

You are expected to follow:

o    Policies and procedures in this manual

o    EQUALS Student Code of Conduct

o    Placement WIL Partner Policies and procedures

o    ACWA Code of Ethics

o    The EQUALS Student Placement Agreement

Class participation Integration seminars and tutorials
Supervision

Provided through:

o    Work Integrated Learning Partner Supervisor—a qualified human service/welfare worker with a minimum of two years’ experience.

o    Facilitator – a Professional Practice Placement Coordinator

Learning and assessment

o    Professional Practice Placement Learning Agreement

o    Hours log

o    Mid/Final Placement Assessment Report

Assessment pieces (refer to Study Guide) which may include seminars, tutorial activities, reflective journal, essays, case studies, practice based plans, exams, client assessment reports, group program development.

Placement Requirements

Academic

Students must pass the prerequisite units before beginning placement.

Three Professional Practice Placement Units

In order to receive the award of a Bachelor of Human Services degree, students must complete the following units and are directed to the respective Study Guides for unit specific information:

PRAC 100: Professional Practice Placement Introductory

PRAC 200: Professional Practice Placement Intermediate

PRAC 300: Professional Practice Placement Advanced

Other Requirements

Students wishing to enrol in PRAC 100 must attend the pre-placement workshop held the study period before placement begins. This will be the only compulsory pre-placement workshop as this workshop will function as orientation to EQUALS placement requirements overall.

Placement Duration

In fulfilment of placement requirements, students complete a total of 528 hours which consists of the following:

PRAC 100                                120 hours                  16 hours per week

PRAC 200                                204 hours                  16 hours per week

PRAC 300                                204 hours                  16 hours per week

Hours must be completed during the WIL Partner’s normal working hours provided and to a maximum of 8 hours per day. Any hours worked over this should be taken as time in lieu during the placement period according to the WIL Partner policies. 

Placement Timing

Placements are offered in trimester 2, trimester 4 and trimester 6. Placements have to be completed within one teaching period. Small variations including extensions may be approved by the Professional Practice Placement Coordinator.

Placement Setting

The following are essential requirements:

  • Two of the three placements must be in different fields of practice.
  • Two of the three placements should be in different organisations.
  • At least two of the three placements must involve face-to-face, direct service delivery.

As a general rule, WIL Partners do not accept students who have been former service users and do not accept students who have relatives or partners working in the same office or in senior positions in the WIL Partner.

WIL Partners

EQUALS maintains a range of professional relationships with WIL Partners across the sectors including disability, health, ageing, early childhood education and youth.

Screening Checks

EQUALS requires higher education students to undergo a screening check for five types of screening prior to commencement of placement. These types of screening are: child related employment, disability services employment, aged care sector employment, vulnerable person employment and general employment probity.

Students are required to have a current Screening Check clearance letter prior to the commencement of the Professional Practice Placement. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the clearance letter remains current for the duration of the placement. The Professional Practice Placement Coordinator can assist the student with this application process. <we should include approximate additional costs and re uniform>

Further information can be obtained from the DCSI website at:

http://screening.dcsi.sa.gov.au/screening-process/how-to-apply

  • EQUALS insurance covers public liability and personal accidents whilst on placement, but personal property is not covered. Please consult the PPP Human Services Manual for full details.

Please visit the Placement Information hub on EQOnline for further placement related questions and documentation requirements.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

English Language proficiency requirements are applicable to international students and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted in the Admission Pathway section.

Equivalent IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5 or TOEFL iBT 60-78

SPECIAL/ALTERNATIVE ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS

Not applicable.

TUITION FEES & CHARGES

EQUALS adopts a ‘One Fee’ approach to tuition fees. This means that most additional incidental costs (other than those specified in the annual Fee Schedule) are covered in the comprehensive ‘one’ tuition fee. This makes budgeting and paying for your studies simpler. For example, the following fees are included in the one fee and not levied separately.

The 2020 tuition fee for each unit in this course is:

  • $2,163 for domestic students
  • $2,596 for international students

The full time indicative 2020 annual course fee for domestic students is:

  • $17,304 for full time standard study mode (for 2 trimesters of 4 units)
  • $25,956 for full time accelerated study mode (for 3 trimesters of 4 units)

The full time indicative 2020 annual course fee for international students is:

  • $20,768 for full time standard study mode (for 2 trimesters of 4 units)
  • $31,152 for full time accelerated study mode (for 3 trimesters of 4 units)

GST is not applicable for accredited higher education courses.

Tuition fees are subject to annual review and adjustment. Actual tuition fees payable are the fees published prior to the commencement of each academic year for that year.

Access the Fee Schedule (Tuition and Non-Tuition) or from on the Forms and Downloads page.

APPLICATIONS

Please feel free to Ask a Question to find out more, or if you’re ready, please submit an online Application for enrolment by clicking on the following link https://equals.edu.au/apply/.

If you have any questions about this course please feel free to contact an Admissions Advisor at admissions@equals.edu.au providing your preferred contact details and we will get back to you as soon as practicable.  Expressions of Interest for a particular course of study can be made at any time.

ASSESSMENT OF APPLICATIONS

Applications are typically assessed within a 10 day period however delays may apply in peak periods.

Your application for admission is assessed by an Admissions Advisor.

 

Applicants who apply to undertake a course of study must submit certified documentary evidence to demonstrate that they meet the published entry requirements of their chosen course. An original or certified copy of documentation must be provided and sighted by the Admissions Advisor.

Qualifications submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified official translation.

Where there is any doubt about the authenticity of any documentation provided, the Admissions Advisor may correspond with the issuer of the document and make relevant enquiries.

All non-standard (non-typical) applications and their assessment are validated by the Academic Director.

DEFERRAL, SUSPENSION, CANCELLATION AND WITHDRAWAL OPTIONS

Students may apply to take a leave of absence from a course (defer) for up to 12 months in duration. International students can only access a leave of absence during a course in limited circumstances (compassionate and compelling circumstances) including:

  • Serious illness or injury, where a medical certificate states that the student was unable to attend classes
  • Instances where EQUALS is unable to offer a pre-requisite unit
  • An intervention strategy for students at risk of not meeting satisfactory course progress
  • Bereavement of close family members such as parents or grandparents
  • Major political upheaval or natural disaster in the home country that require emergency travel and this has impacted on the student’s studies
  • A traumatic experience which could include:
    • Involvement in, or witnessing of a serious accident, or
    • Witnessing or being the victim of a serious crime, and this has impacted on the student (these cases should be supported by police or psychologists’ reports)
  • Inability to begin due to a delay in receiving a student visa

For more details please refer to Deferral, Suspension, Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy and Procedure.

CREDIT AND ADVANCED STANDING FOR RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL) (Including limitation dates on previous study or experience)

If you have completed formal studies in a similar area or have work experience you may be eligible for credit through a recognition for prior learning pathway.

The Credit for Prior Learning Policy and Procedure can be found on our Policies and Procedures page along with an application form.

If you wish to be granted credit for prior study or learning, please apply for credit for recognition of prior learning on the associated form with your application for enrolment.

OFFERS AND ACCEPTANCE

If you are made an offer to study at EQUALS, you will receive a Letter of Offer which will include step-by-step details on how to accept your offer. This Letter of Offer is based on the documented evidence provided and subject to the application meeting the published entry criteria. It is important that you carefully read and understand the Letter of Offer. Any conditions of the offer are clearly specified in the Letter of Offer.

If you have any questions, please contact an Admissions Advisor at +61 8 8110 1200 or by email at admissions@equals.edu.au.

Applications are assessed in accordance with the Student Selection and Admissions Policy and Procedure.

CANCELLATION OF ENROLMENT

Your enrolment may be cancelled if statements made by you in your application for enrolment are proven to be false.

You will be deemed to be no longer enrolled in a course if you have been excluded on academic or disciplinary grounds.

APPEALS

EQUALS has established an appeal process to ensure that academic/non-academic student concerns (or matters) are treated in a transparent, timely and just matter. EQUALS ensures that you have access to a fair and equitable process for dealing with grievances and provides an avenue for you to appeal against decisions that might affect your progress.

An applicant may appeal against a decision to refuse admission to a course. The grounds for appeal are that the decision is inconsistent with EQUALS’ policy. Appeals must be made in writing and lodged with the Academic Director within twenty working days of the applicant receiving written notification of the decision to refuse their application. The Academic Director responds in writing to the appeal within twenty working days and may confirm or vary the decision. All decisions made by the Academic Director regarding appeals are reviewed by the Board of Directors (Non-Academic grievances) or the Academic Board (Academic grievances).

If an applicant remains dissatisfied with the outcome of their appeal against a decision to refuse admission to a course they may utilise EQUALS’ Student Grievance Handling Policy and Procedure (Academic and Non-Academic).

STUDENT ORIENTATION WEEK

Following enrolment and prior to commencing the course, you’ll be invited to attend a compulsory, comprehensive Student Orientation week program. The Orientation Week will introduce you to various aspects of studying with EQUALS, including:

  • Introduction to Work Integrated Learning
  • Research Skills
  • Using Library Services
  • Utilising EQOnline (Moodle Learning Management System)
  • Study Skills
  • Understanding Rights and Obligations (International Students)
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Social and networking events with fellow students, employers and EQUALS staff
SUPPORT SERVICES

EQUALS staff are available to support you, both before you enrol and following your enrolment. You can contact us on +61 (0)8 8110 1200 or alternatively contact a Student Services Advisor via email at studentservices@equals.edu.au.

Our support services include:

  • academic issues
  • general study assistance
  • disability support
  • pastoral care (including help with personal, social issues)
  • student grants
  • scholarships
  • study allowances and financial support (including child care assistance)
  • special needs assistance and
  • hardship related issues.

 Additional external information can be found at the following websites:

  • Austudy provides financial support to eligible Australian students
  • Abstudy provides financial support to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Being Well – Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians.
  • Student Start Up Loans provides information regarding financial assistance with initial study costs.
  • Student Payments and Scholarships outlines information from the Study Assist site, on payments and scholarships
  • Study Assist provides information for students about Australian Government help for tertiary study, including information about subsidised fees and government loans.
  • Youth Disability Supplement providing information for young students living with different abilities.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

EQUALS makes no claim to ownership of intellectual property created by students in the course of their studies.

STUDENT REPRESENTATION

The student representative feeds back important actions and news monthly to the class managers and the students via the student newsletter and social media. 

Student Representation on the Academic Board

Students are represented on EQUALS’ Academic Board and on the Learning and Teaching Committee to provide input about the learning and teaching environment and any other matters that directly, or indirectly, affect students. This provides a mechanism for students to participate in the academic decision-making processes at EQUALS.

Students are advised of how they can nominate to become a member of the Academic Board as part of their Induction and Orientation program.

Class Managers

Class Managers are elected by students, for students. They are also an important communication link between student and the management at EQUALS.  Class Managers should be:

  • committed and caring individuals who are keen to support fellow students
  • able to represent peers in a just and positive manner, and
  • be able to identify innovations and improvements to programs and student services.

Class Managers participate in regular meetings with key leadership staff and contribute to the overall operations and direction of EQUALS.

EQUALS GLOSSARY OF TERMS

Can be accessed at our Forms and Downloads page.

FURTHER INFORMATION

We also recommend that you familiarise yourself with the documents on the Policies and Procedures so that you understand your obligations and rights and our obligations to you.

DOMESTIC ENROLMENTS
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $2,163 per unit

  • Number of Units: 24

  • Duration:  By standard study mode (2 trimesters per academic year) = 3 years full time equivalent. By accelerated study mode (3 trimesters per academic year) = 2 years full time equivalent

  • Intakes: 2 per year. Intakes only at the start of Trimester 1 and Trimester 2, 2020.
  • Study Mode: Face to face only. Full attendance required

  • Credit and Advanced Standing: Yes

  • Qualification Status: Current
INTERNATIONAL ENROLMENTS

 Not available at this time.