White Arrow Bachelor of Human Services

Bachelor of Human Services

The Bachelor of Human Services is designed to provide graduates with a comprehensive and broad theoretical base of knowledge of human service principles and skills preparing them for work with diverse clientele across a variety of welfare settings in private, government and non-government organisations.

AIPC’s Bachelor of Human Services provides a flexible and affordable alternative to traditional tertiary education.

There has never been a better time for you to further develop your qualifications. Qualified human services professionals are in high demand in Australia. With a tertiary qualification, you’ll be assisting your community with the security of knowing there are many opportunities for employment.

Our tertiary students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are seeking to move into a more rewarding profession and sector, while others are looking to deepen their skills and knowledge as an adjunct to their core profession. While others are looking to supplement their vocational qualification with a tertiary qualification.


36 months (full time)

Next Intake

March, July, November


22 Units

Course Delivery

Online, Full-time, Part-time

Entry Requirements

You can apply for entry to the Bachelor of Human Services course if you have achieved one of the following: A nationally recognised Diploma from any field of study; or completed Year 12 or Higher School Certificate with at least a Sound Achievement in English; or completed a year-long tertiary studies preparation program (eg Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation); or completed at least 12 months of tertiary studies with a University or non-university Higher Education Provider with a GPA of at least 4.0; or achieved an overall score of at least 160, or a verbal subscore of at least 155, in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Payment Options

FEE-HELP or Pay Direct via Credit Card, Credit Debit or Split Payments

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YEAR 1 (Semesters 1 and 2)


Scholarship: Academic Writing & Study Skills


Scholarship: Academic Writing & Study Skills is a core first-year subject that introduces students to the important area of academic writing and to develop essential skills to meet the demands of a degree program and beyond. Successful completion of this subject develops the skills and knowledge required to write academic essays and literature reviews according to APA guidelines. Student will learn the importance of academic integrity and appropriate referencing conventions.


Communication Skills


Communication Skills is a core subject that examines the crucial role and application of communication skills to participate in a range of personal and professional environments. Students develop communication skills to facilitate and enhance sound understanding and mutual respect between peers, colleagues and superiors in a range of contexts.


Introduction to Human Services


This first-year, first semester subject provides students with an introduction to the theory and frameworks of human service practice. Students begin with the history of human service practice including the establishment of welfare provision, the role of government and non-government providers and the nature of human services including diversity, disadvantage and inequality. Students explore the role of self and identify strengths important to the human service professional.


Case Management in Human Services


Case Management in Human Services is a first-year subject introducing students to different models of case management commonly used in human service practice. Students develop awareness of various case management approaches and critically analyse the application of approaches to both simple and complex client issues. The subject encourages students to recognise the role of the individual, family and community in the understanding and application of intervention strategies.


Group Work


Group Work is a core, first-year subject introducing students to theoretical principles and processes of group work and team dynamics. Diversity and the effect on group and team cohesion are emphasised. This subject sets a solid theoretical foundation for understanding the functioning of teams and groups across different contexts, and also provides key theoretical models which students can operationalise through participation in group projects and future practice across a range of professions.


Social Frameworks


Social Frameworks is a core, first-year subject providing students with knowledge to study real world issues through the application of sociological frameworks. Various theoretical perspectives are explored and applied to contemporary issues to ensure students understand the social structures and issues impacting on individuals and groups within society.


Micro-counselling skills


Micro-counselling skills are essential for many professionals, particularly those working within the human services area. This subject explores the application of the key counselling micro-skills to therapeutic practice. Students demonstrate all key skills in role-play scenarios and are assessed on their ability to integrate these skills into a helping/counselling interview.


Contemporary Human Rights


Contemporary Human Rights is designed to provide students with a broad introductory knowledge of human rights and the relevance of human rights to human services and welfare. The subject covers the history of human rights with reference to International and National human rights instruments and encourages students to examine and critically reflect on human rights concerns relating to women, indigenous peoples and minority groups.

YEAR 2 (Semesters 3 and 4)


Developmental Psychology I: Childhood and Adolescence


Developmental Psychology I: Childhood and Adolescence is a core second-year subject examining the broad theoretical domain of development from infancy to adolescence. Various aspects of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development are examined through reviewing theoretical and empirical data pertaining to specific areas of research and topics in the area. This subject complements the content of Developmental Psychology II: Adulthood and Aging which examines physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from early adulthood onwards.


Reflective Practice


This subject encourages reflection on personal experiences, values and beliefs within the context of human services practice. Students are required to analyse the use of reflection to understanding themselves, the client, and the therapeutic relationship with a focus on how reflection can facilitate ongoing development and effectiveness as a professional. This subject teaches the value of reflective practice and provides foundational reflective skills for incorporation into future learnings in the second and third years of study.


Ethical and Legal Frameworks for Human Services


This subject develops a reflective and analytical understanding of ethical and legal frameworks in a human services context. Students examine relevant ethical theories, relevant laws and ethical codes in relation to real-life examples from human service practice. Students develop an understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities of human service work, analyse dilemmas from the perspective of best practice and develop an appreciation of their personal and professional values in shaping their responses to situations in human service practice.


Family and Society


Family and Society is a second-year subject designed to provide students with a better understanding of family against the construct of society. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on the role society plays in the development and function of the family and examine the diversity of family life in Australia. Students develop an understanding of the role of the family as a support mechanism, as well as the development and impact of governmental policies on families and how this informs human service practice.


Developmental Psychology II: Adulthood and Aging


Developmental Psychology II: Adulthood and Aging is a core second-year subject that examines the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from early adulthood and beyond. This subject includes a focus on the psychology of aging as well as issues of death, dying and bereavement. Theoretical and empirical research pertaining to specific areas of mid-life are also critically examined and students are required to critically evaluate research on a selected area of focus.


Family & Couple Counselling


Family and Couple Counselling is a second-year subject that introduces interpersonal and systemic approaches for working with couples and families. This subject examines major theoretical concepts and therapeutic processes of family and couple counselling, helps to develop understanding of the dynamics of intimate relationships, and helps build the skills and confidence required to work with interpersonal issues.


Human Services Field Placement I

HUS102, HUS103, COU104, COU205, HUS201

This subject provides opportunity to work in the human service industry, gaining experience with, and exposure to practical issues. Students develop assessment and intervention skills and explore their own practice framework under the guidance and supervision of an experienced practitioner.

YEAR 3 (Semesters 5 and 6)


Working with Children & Adolescents

COU104, PSY201

This subject provides an understanding of how to apply the strengths-based approach to facilitate change in children, adolescents and their families. This approach can harness individual and collective resources, facilitate change and empower families to shift ineffective behavioural patterns. This third-year subject builds on previous studies in first and second year and assists students to develop their personal approach to working with this client group.


Culture, Diversity and Social Justice in Human Service Practice

HUS101, HUS103, HUS201

In this third-year subject students critically develop awareness, knowledge and understanding of issues relating to culture, diversity and social justice in their role as human service workers. Drawing on knowledge gained in first and second year in regard to basic human rights, students consider the dimensions of diversity and culture and examine social justice practices in human services with the challenge to develop sensitive, inclusive and equitable solutions to identified issues.


Group Processes for Human Services


Group Processes for Human Services draws on knowledge gained in first year CORE103 Group Work and further develops understanding of group work processes within a human services framework. Human service professionals frequently work with groups or teams on community, organisation and professional levels and the ability to facilitate and competently work within group situations is imperative. Students investigate the nature of organisational systems and small group processes exploring the benefits of working with clients in group situations and the value of collaborative teamwork.


Social Policy

HUS103, HUS201

An awareness and understanding of social policy and its impact on the citizens of a society is essential for human service professionals. In Social Policy, students explore the history of social policy development in Australia and engage in analysis of contemporary policy debates. Students learn how social policy is developed and the role of community and government in the process. Students develop the ability to critically analyse policy issues and debates using policy principles and demonstrate understanding of the differences and similarities of social policy in Australia and other Westernised countries.


Research Methods


This subject equips students with the fundamental skills required to become critical consumers of research. Students learn how to review peer reviewed literature with a critical lens by applying their developing knowledge of research methodology. Students will learn to develop understanding and appreciation of quantitative and qualitative research designs. Ethical guidelines for the conduct of research will also feature in this subject.


Professional Practice in Human Service Organisations

HUS203, HUS302

In this final year subject, students draw on previous learning and field placement experience, to critically analyse and reflect on the influence of human service organisations on the development of the human service professional. Students examine organizational structure, management, context and environment and utilize the knowledge gained throughout first and second year, as well as practical examples from their field placement to advance awareness and understanding of the impact of human service organisations on the shaping of the human service practitioner.


Human Services Field Placement II

HUS203, HUS301, HUS302

In their final field placement, students build on their experience with practical issues offered in Field Placement I. Students further develop their skills in a relevant human service environment under the guidance and supervision of an experienced practitioner. Individual and group supervision via teleconference is also included to continue development of skills in reflective practice and intervention.

Please refer to for current subject fees and indicative additional and non-tuition costs.

On your Application Form, you chose one course payment option to pay for your course. You are able to:

Option 1: Pay for your course using FEE-HELP (if you are eligible).
Option 2: Pay for each semester of your studies upfront.
Option 3: Pay for a portion of your fees upfront and the remaining portion using FEE-HELP.

If your application is successful and you accept your placement, the investment for each subject is payable via the following methods after accepting your placement:

  1. If you are choosing to pay all or part of your subject fees through FEE-HELP, you will need to return your Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form for the semester by the due date indicated in your semester enrolment letter.
  2. Payment by credit card, cheque or money order for the semester by the due date indicated in your semester enrolment letter (usually within two weeks of the semester commencing).
  3. If you are paying some of your fees yourself and some through FEE-HELP, then returning your Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form and payment of the remaining amount by credit card, cheque or money order by the due date of the semester.

If accepted into the course, you nominate your preferred payment method on your Confirmation of Acceptance form to confirm your place in the course. Please note that the subject fees, and any other associated fees, are current only for the subjects in which you are presently enrolled, and can be reviewed and changed at the Institute’s discretion for future semesters.

Subjects where credit is granted

Students are able to apply for credit of previous studies and experience as described in the RPL and Credit Transfer Policy and are not required to pay the subject fee for each subject in which credit is granted.

Graduates of the following Diplomas are eligible to receive the following automatic credits in the Bachelor of Human Services:

Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) - 4 subjects
Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413): 4 subjects
Diploma of Counselling or the previous AIPC Diploma of Professional Counselling – 2 subjects
Diploma of Financial Counselling (CHC51115) – 1 subject

The Institute will take this automatic awarding of credit into account when processing enrolments for graduates of the Diplomas with the student’s Course Enrolment Confirmation Letter detailing the reductions in course fees applicable to students receiving this automatic credit.

Students are able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer to receive credit for one or more subjects** of the Bachelor of Human Services (up to a maximum of 8 subjects). This enhances student progression through the course and provides recognition for students entering the course with relevant prior studies and work experience. Students granted RPL or credit are not disadvantaged in achieving the expected learning outcomes of the course, and the integrity of the qualification must be maintained.

RPL recognises that students, due to relevant life and work experiences, may already possess the requisite skills and knowledge for subject/s in the Bachelor course. Students who have been working within a community services environment for a number of years are able to apply for recognition of this prior learning or experience. Exemption can be applied for one or more course subjects** (up to a maximum of 8 subjects).

Assessing credit from prior experience takes into account the authenticity, currency, quality, relevance, transferability and comparability of the experience to the requirements of the subject for which credit is being applied.

Credit Transfer:

Credit Transfer refers to obtaining credit towards another course on the basis of having completed previous study of an equivalent subject or unit. Students who have completed similar units to those included in the Bachelor of Human Services are welcome to apply for Credit Transfer. Students who have completed or partially completed another counselling course are particularly encouraged to apply for Credit Transfer.

Credit will not normally be granted for formal study completed more than 10 years prior to application unless there is evidence of continued relevance of this study for the course towards which credit is sought. Credit is granted where there is substantial overlap with the content and/or learning outcomes of the subject for which credit is being applied.

When assessing credit based on prior study, consideration is given to the objectives of the course, methods of delivery and assessment, admission requirements, course durations, the breadth and depth of the course material, practical training requirements, and experience requirements.

**Students can only obtain credit for a total maximum of 8 subjects inclusive of whether this credit has been obtained via RPL or credit transfer.

Students Articulating from Diploma Programs

Students progressing into the Bachelor of Human Services from the following courses will receive credit for:

Graduates of the Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) (Course Code: CHC52015):

  • CORE102 Communication Skills
  • HUS101 Introduction to Human Services
  • HUS102 Case Management in Human Services
  • CORE103 Group Work & Team Dynamics

Graduates of the Diploma of Youth Work (Course Code: CHC50413)

  • CORE102 Communication Skills
  • HUS102 Case Management in Human Services
  • CORE103 Group Work & Team Dynamics
  • COU303 Working with Children and Adolescents

Graduates of the Institute’s Diploma of Professional Counselling (Course Codes: 30073QLD or 30506QLD) or Diploma of Counselling (CHC51708, CHC51712, or CHC51015):

  • HUS102 Case Management in Human Services
  • COU104 Micro Counselling Skills

Graduates of the Diploma of Financial Counselling (Course Code: CHC51115):

  • COU104 Micro Counselling Skills

The student’s record will be automatically updated and a confirmation letter sent to the student. Students are not required to formally apply through the RPL process.

For over 31-years AIPC has set the benchmark for service and support in external counselling studies. We offer a complete external study support system that has been developed and refined over decades of research and continual student feedback.

Study Assistance Line

You have unlimited use of the toll free 1300 Study Assistance Line which puts you in contact with your Lecturer who will answer all your questions and assessment queries.

Residential Schools

Residential Schools teach you to apply your theoretical knowledge to human services scenarios. Residential Schools provide you with an ideal teaching forum to handle practical issues. You also meet and share ideas and experiences with fellow students, and have the opportunity to reflect on the development of your skills.

Residential Schools are held at our academic rooms in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, Australia and are scheduled at the end of each semester. Depending on the numbers of subjects you have undertaken during the semester, Residential Schools are up to one week duration. If studying full time, you complete between 2.5 and 5 days at a Residential School at the end of semester. Not all subjects include a Residential School component.

Residential Schools are a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of your Lecturer. To help facilitate your learning, our Residential Schools use case scenarios relating to everyday, contemporary issues and provide a wonderful supportive forum for group discussion, interaction and reflection.

Work Placements

The Bachelor of Human Services includes two Human Services field placements where you undertake practice in a work setting. Field placements are essential in assisting the transition from application in a simulated setting to real practice and enable the development of skills in a supportive, professional context.

Each Placement involves the completion of 17 hours work each week for 12 weeks along with 24 hours to attend individual supervision with the workplace supervisor and group supervision by teleconference with the Lecturer.

The Institute has a network of community organisations and counselling practices to approach.

The Institute provides guidelines to students on how to approach agencies, assists with initial contact between you and the placement organisation, and follows up with you and the workplace supervisor regularly during the placement to ensure everything is progressing smoothly.


Subjects within the Bachelor of Human Services include progressive participation in webinars. Webinars provide an interactive and stimulating teaching environment based on discussion of concepts and ideas to encourage the transition from teaching to practice.

Read what our graduates are saying...

Below are some of the numerous comments we’ve received from students and graduates. When you read through the comments you’ll gain a sense of how personally and professionally enriching a counselling qualification can be.

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"The last four and a half years have certainly been a time of self-development for myself due to the subjects we covered in the Diploma. I was able through my..."

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