The Bachelor of Health and Community Services combines multiple key health and social science disciplines to arm students with the most effective collection of skills and knowledge required to make a positive difference in the growing field of community health care and social services.

Students undertake a well-balanced, rigorous and comprehensive range of subjects and assessment that introduces them to sociology theory, psychology, counselling practice, nutrition studies, public policy, health ethics, epidemiology, statistics, cross-cultural communication, workplace leadership and management and much more.

300 - 12.5 credit points each subject
3 Years, Full Time
On Campus
24 Subjects (4 subjects per semester)
Compulsory Professional Practice, embedded throughout the course
20 Hours/week plus approximately 16 hours of private study hours/week

Course Structure

The course offering in this program is wide reaching. It does not just focus on one element of health and community services, it delivers subjects that address a range of different fields from indigenous health, psychology, environment and health, research, statistics etc. (Please see course structure below). This program also has several key themes to broaden your knowledge and improve your employability prospects:
• Health and Community Service Subjects
• Research and Statistics in Community Health Subjects
• Counselling and Psychology Subjects
• Leadership and Management Subjects
• Specialised Health Concerns and Promotion in the Community


The course consists of 24 subjects over three years of full-time enrolment. You will enrol in four subjects of 12 weeks duration each semester of your course duration. Each subject carries a commitment of 3 - 4 hours of class time per week.

Course Outcomes

Graduates of this degree will:

1. Understand the most critical policy and research-led debates within the field of public health and health services, with an emphasis on the Australian health context.

2. Demonstrate scholarly engagement within the discipline of public health, including its development as a field of social and economic policy over time and contemporary debates.

3. Synthesise arguments and ideas in the field of health and community services from a broad ranging engagement with policy debates and scholarly critique of relevant literature.

4. Formulate, develop, communicate and critique approaches to complex problems in written and oral form, and to critique and/or adopt contemporary approaches of experts in associated fields of enquiry.

5. Understand the varying needs of individuals and communities with regard to health concerns, particularly issues that require sensitivity to cross-cultural or gendered approaches to health.

6. Possess knowledge of communities of practice in the field of health and allied services; have the ability to appreciate multidisciplinary approaches to social and policy issues such as the social determinants of population health.

7. Have the capacity to work in a professional setting focused on developing innovative and critical approaches to fostering improved public health outcomes for individuals and communities.

Entry Requirements

Cohort English Language Requirements Academic Requirements
School Leavers Successful completion of Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. Completion of VCE or equivalent and an ATAR of 65.
Mature Aged Completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).
– Completion of an AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) Diploma or higher in a related discipline.
– Evidence of related employment experience.
– Completion and submission of a personal statement.


Additional Entry Requirements

Students will need a current Working with Children Check and a National Criminal History Record Check before they commence a professional practice placement. These docments are required to be submitted at the time of enrolment.

Credit Arrangements

Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, or a combination of non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. A person who holds a Diploma in a related field may be eligible for up to a year of credit into the Bachelor course.

When setting credit limits for a student with an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification towards a higher level AQF qualification in the same or related discipline, SCEI (Higher Education) will take into account the AQF minimum requirements listed below:
- 50% advanced standing for an Advanced Diploma linked to a three year Bachelor Degree
- 37.5% advanced standing for an Advanced Diploma linked to a four year Bachelor Degree
- 33% advanced standing for a Diploma linked to a three year Bachelor Degree
- 25% advanced standing for a Diploma linked to a four year Bachelor Degree

Where potential for advanced standing may be governed by regulatory or professional body requirements of quality, content and delivery mode, SCEI (Higher Education) will not contravene the set regulations.


Students interested in progressing further in this area, may choose to study one of the following areas on completion of the Bachelor:
- Graduate Certificate in Community Development
- Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement
- Graduate Certificate in Community Health
- Graduate Certificate in Community Services
- Graduate Certificate in Public Health
- Graduate Certificate in Social Welfare


Subject Code Subject Name Teaching Period
HCS101 Introduction to Health and Community Services Semester 1
HCS102 The Australian Healthcare System Semester 2
HCS103 Health, Ethics and Professional Practice Semester 3
HCS104 Psychology and Health Semester 4
HCS105 Research in Community Health Semester 5
HCS106 Environment and Health Semester 6
HCS107 Counselling Theory Semester 7
HCS108 Professional Practice 1 Semester 8
Subject Code Subject Name Teaching Period
HCS101 Epidemiology and Population Health Semester 1
HCS102 Indigenous Community Health Semester 2
HCS103 Applied Counselling Semester 3
HCS104 Statistics and Research Methodologies Semester 4
HCS105 Social Welfare Perspectives Semester 5
HCS106 People, Society and Disability Semester 6
HCS107 Mental Health and Wellbeing Semester 7
HCS108 Professional Practice 2 Semester 8
Subject Code Subject Name Teaching Period
HCS101 Principles of Health Promotion Semester 1
HCS102 Nutrition and Community Health Semester 2
HCS103 Leadership and Management in Community Health Semester 3
HCS104 Gender, Families and Health Semester 4
HCS105 Children and Family Services Semester 5
HCS106 Addiction Studies Semester 6
HCS107 Research Project Semester 7
HCS108 Professional Practice 3 Semester 8