Bachelor of Applied Social Science

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

051179F

Course length:

Three years full-time or part-time equivalent

Study modes:

On-campus in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney, online if Coaching minor selected or by a combination of online and blended delivery if Counselling minor selected.

Units:

24, including 2 student placements totalling 250 hrs

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science aims to ground students in the applied social sciences with a well-developed understanding of social systems, sociological theory, and social policy. The program integrates theory, social research, skills and professional experience, preparing you with critical thinking skills for employment in the workforce in public, private and community settings. 

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science introduces students to the broad field of applied social science, combining theory and practice in an interactive learning environment through small classes, group discussions, activities and role-plays.

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science degree allows students to choose between a minor in Counselling or Coaching, in which they complete three units of study. The course also includes two professional placements totalling 250 hours complemented by 36 timetabled hours of seminars over two trimesters. 

Entry Criteria/Prerequisites

  • Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent, or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, or
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree, or
  • Be aged 21 years or over.

Campuses

ACAP’s Bachelor of Applied Social Science is available on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, online if Coaching minor selected or by a combination of online and blended delivery if Counselling minor selected.

Course Duration and Start Dates

Three years full-time 
or
Two years full-time accelerated program (four units of study per trimester)
or
Part-time equivalent

Three years full-time 
or
Two years full-time accelerated program (four units of study per trimester)
or
Part-time equivalent

2014
Trimester 3 – Monday 15 September, 2014 

2015
Trimester 1 - Monday 16 February, 2015
Trimester 2 - Monday 1 June, 2015
Trimester 3 - Monday 21 September, 2015

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What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

Areas of study include:

  • contemporary society and social issues
  • organisational behaviour
  • psychology and developmental psychology
  • social policy, analysis and research
  • cross cultural counselling
  • social, legal and ethical issues surrounding counselling
  • mental health policy and practice

Students select either a Counselling or Coaching minor strand in which they complete three units of study. 

This course also includes two student placements (totalling 250 hours).

For more information, see 'course structure' below. 

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Study Modes

On-campus study in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

On-campus study in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Online delivery
With online delivery you can study anywhere, anytime. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher.

Blended delivery
Blended delivery consists of a combination of face-to-face and online learning. This is available to students who choose to complete their minor in Counselling.

Mixed mode
Studying in mixed mode allows you to combine, for example, on-campus study and online delivery to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle.  You can select different modes of study for different units in a given term and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each term.

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Fees

FEE-HELP is available to eligible students for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to receive FEE-HELP. If you are eligible and would like to pay your fees through FEE-HELP, please complete our online FEE-HELP form or request one by calling 1800 061 199.

Course Structure

Year 1 

Year 1 

Trimester 1

  • Preparation for Academic Study
  • Introduction to Contemporary Society
  • Positive Psychology

Trimester 2

  • Social Systems
  • Psychology of Health and Wellness
  • Counselling or Coaching elective

Trimester 3

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Elective

 

For information about Years 2-3 of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science, see our course guide.

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Testimonials

Isaac Siduna

I am now studying the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science after graduating from the Bachelor of Applied Social Science...Read more

Craig Arnold

“ACAP gives you every chance of success – you are studying with like-minded people and you don’t have the distraction of other courses like at a big university...Read more