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Bachelor of Human Services (Health and Social Wellbeing)

Summary
Bachelor of Human Services Major Health & Social Wellbeing (BHMS)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Ipswich

Semester 3 intake is only available via external study.
View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Become a disability and health care worker of the future

Are you interested in the wellbeing of others and a role within government, community or health and social care organisations? With a Bachelor of Human Services (Health and Wellbeing) from USQ you will acquire knowledge and skills to organise services and case manage people with a disability or the healthy older person. Your studies will look at assessment and support strategies to assist people to maintain independence and quality of life.

This program will explore a variety of best practice methods to ensure individuals sustain a quality of life at home or in the community. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of social wellbeing, disability care, healthy ageing, assessment of individuals and families, counselling and provision of services.

Practical experience

You will gain valuable experience in the areas of disability, rehabilitation and healthy ageing by completing 400 hours of professional experience placements. Students will be required to provide the following to USQ.
  • current Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check Certificate
  • a current Blue Card from the Queensland Government Commission for Children and Young People and Young Guardian.

Professional accreditation

USQ is currently seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

If you successfully complete 400 hours of professional placement you will be eligible for ACWA accreditation. If you don’t wish to undertake the three professional placement courses, or if you're studying overseas, you can complete three other approved courses.

As a graduate of this degree you will possess skills in assessment, rehabilitation, case management and organising services as well as leadership and entrepreneurship. You will be well-equipped to be a leader within the health care sector to meet future demands and requirements following the implementation of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Professional experience

In addition to the courses listed below, you will also need to complete professional experience. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
plus 1 x 8-unit major
8

plus a second 8-unit major
     or 2 x 4-unit minors
     or 1 x 4-unit minor plus 4 x approved courses
     or 8 x approved courses

8
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 6344
Domestic full fee paying AUD 18630

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.
Bonus points may help you get into the program of your choice by increasing your OP/Rank. The bonus points don’t apply to all applicants or all programs. Please read the information on USQ’s Admissions Bonus Schemes carefully to find out what you may be eligible for.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Students will be required to provide the following to USQ:
    • current Australian Federal Police Criminal History Check Certificate
    • a current Blue Card from the Queensland Government Commission for Children and Young People and Young Guardian.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External 909315
Ipswich 939311
Toowoomba 909311

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.