Associate Degree of Applied Social Science
Understand how behaviour affects our community


National CRICOS Course Code
Course length
2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent), or 1 year and 1 semester full-time accelerated program


Tue 5 Feb 2019
Tue 28 May 2019
Tue 17 Sep 2019

Study modes

On-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, via online delivery or via blended delivery which combines online study with compulsory on-campus workshops, or a combination of all. You will need to have access to a computer and the internet, study mode availability is subject to unit requirements and trimester enrolments.

About the course

The insight to improve communities

Understand your calling. Lead a successful career in social science.

You want to understand why we behave the way we do. You observe our differences when we’re alone and when we’re in groups. And you want to know why, and how you can create change. Our Associate Degree of Applied Social Science gives you deep insight into this human behaviour and how social structures impact different people. 

You’ll learn sociological theory, social systems and social policy, and graduate with the practical skills to work as a coach, counsellor and social analyst.

This degree means you’ve studied the necessary units of the first two years of our Bachelor of Applied Social Science, if you want to study further.


This course is comprised of a number of core and elective units.

Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree.

Electives are a range of units that give you the chance to study specific topics you might be interested in. You still need to complete a set number of elective units to graduate.



Before Applying

Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete.


Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 061 199
Admission Criteria
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be aged 21 years or over, or
  • 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 equivalent).

Please note that if you don’t meet the above criteria, you are welcome to apply for the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management). You will receive credit on successful completion of the Diploma to enter an ACAP Bachelor course.

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Associate Degree of Applied Social Science

Explore with an applied focus:

  • 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

Plus, select either a Counselling or Coaching minor strand for 2 units. See the complete course guide here.

The practical component was definitely the selling point for me. I love the method of group work and discussion in class. It helps us to understand the concepts better.



Your Career Pathways


You’ll have applied counselling and coaching skills to work in many fields. These are the first two years of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science – graduates of our Bachelor course go on to work in analysis, communication and case management, within the public, private and community sectors.

Find a course calling or career
Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)
Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)

Help people achieve their greatest potential.

Diploma of Counselling Skills
Diploma of Counselling Skills

Help people see the change they need

Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Counselling

Help people become more self-aware

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling
Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

Help steer people towards a more positive path

Graduate Diploma of Counselling
Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Help change the lives of more people.

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Gain insight into interpersonal connections

Bachelor of Applied Social Science
Bachelor of Applied Social Science

Understand how behaviour affects our community