Social and Community Work (A/V/M)

Course information

Social and Community Work provides students with an introduction to, and awareness of, the many community services available. It offers practical experience in the areas of childcare, aged care, disability and youth work through work placements, excursions and guest speakers. The simulated baby activity is a popular component of this course as students experience virtual parenting skills. This is a great opportunity to develop important skills for life and the workplace, become a volunteer, and prepare for a career in the community services and health sectors.

Students who are deemed competent in the relevant units of competency, and with the completion of two vocational placements, will be awarded a Certificate II in Community Services which is a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

Students may enrol in Social and Community Work without any prior knowledge or experience (although it would be desirable.) Only students who undertake vocational placements are eligible to receive a full vocational certificate.

ASBAs (Australian School Based Apprenticeships) e.g. childcare, aged care and disability are available in this course of study.

Post-school pathways

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Workload expectation

Social and Behavioural Science subjects require regular and consistent revision of course content as well as detailed planning and research for assessment tasks outside of class time  in order to receive outstanding results.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Working in Community Services

2

Interact with Children

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Working in Community Services

2

Interact with Children

3

Disability and Aged Care

4

Work with young people

Unit descriptions

Working in Community Services

This unit provides an overview of the many community service agencies available in the community. Students begin to undertake study in areas to prepare them for possible future work. These areas including: OH&S, legislation, working with others, communicating with people, accessing the services of the organisation and preparing for work in the community services sector.

Interact with Children

This unit provides students with the opportunity to study each stage of child development. Students will use the knowledge they gained during the first semester and apply this knowledge to the area of child care. Students will also have the opportunity to borrow one of the simulated babies to experience looking after a young baby.

Disability and Aged Care

This unit provides students with the opportunity to apply their understanding of the physical and psychosocial aspects of ageing, support the rights and interests of the older person, demonstrate an understanding of the delivery of quality services for people with disabilities and to demonstrate the capacity to support rights, interests and needs of people with disabilities. Practical skills are taught in this unit such as using a wheelchair for a day.

Work with Young People

This unit provides students with the opportunity to learn and examine current issues facing young people and relevant youth services. Students also analyse potential stress in work environments and examine techniques to achieve personal resilience and work/life balance.