Associate Degree of Applied Social Science

Understand how behaviour affects our community

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science


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Course length

2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent), or 1 year and 1 semester full-time accelerated program

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.

Intake & start dates
Mon 3 Feb 2020 (Closed)
Mon 25 May 2020
Mon 14 Sep 2020

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.



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.

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.

Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. 

Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 039 139

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).