Bachelor of Applied Social Science

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science is a comprehensive course designed to equip students with a broad understanding of theory and evidence-based practice of applied social sciences.

Course Description

Do you want to make a difference in your community and on society? Do you have a deep desire to help people? The Bachelor of Applied Social Science trains and equips you to assist others in a professional and caring manner, based on evidence-based interventions and best-practice principles.You can choose to specialise in either counselling, chaplaincy & pastoral care, youth work, community work, or cross-cultural community work, with course content and experience meeting appropriate industry requirements. 

You will be learning from qualified and experienced health and industry-specific professionals. This course combines theoretical foundations with skill development and the practical experience required to work effectively in a range of applied social science contexts. With an emphasis on skill development and practical experience, you will learn to work professionally to help others.

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Course Structure

The course structure is based on six semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus a study week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 15 compulsory core subjects (150 credit points)
  • 7 subjects from the specialisation focus area/major (70 credit points)
  • 2 elective subjects (20 credit points)

Specialisation/Focus Areas:

  • Counselling
  • Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care
  • Youth Studies
  • Social Science
  • Cross Cultural

Recommended focus pathways are advisory not compulsory. 

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Applied Social Science a candidate shall complete at least 240 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see Student Handbook.


Core / 15 Subjects (150 Credit Points)

Specialisations/ 7 Subjects (70 Credit Points)

You can choose one of the following areas of specialisation:

Counselling (required for Counselling accreditation)

Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care

Youth Studies

Social Science 

Cross Cultural

Electives/ 2 Subjects (20 Credit Points)

Students are encouraged to complete any two of the following subjects:

Recommended focus pathways are advisory not compulsory. They do not appear in the award title.

View the full list of subjects for this course.

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admission Criteria


Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of Australian Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65 (or the completion of an International Baccalaureate  or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Special admission is also available for Year 12 students who’s ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published guaranteed ATAR but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director and then tabled for approval by the Admissions Committee.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.


Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5. IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Essential Requirements for Admission:

Working with Children Check

All students are required to complete the new Working with Children Check online before they will be allowed to participate in professional practice subjects. Students will be classified as a ‘volunteer’ in Education.

Pre-admission Interview and Statement of Intention

Students may be requested to submit a Statement of Intention as part of their application for admission into this course. In addition, a pre-admission interview may also be conducted.

Study Modes

Delivery Modes*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Online
3 years full-time/Up to 10 years part-time
Semester 1, Semester 2, October Intake, Summer Intake

* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.

** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates please see our Timetables page.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes


  • Understanding and knowledge of historic and current thinking within the social sciences; in-depth ethical, theoretical and practical knowledge about providing informed care to others; as well as a broad and coherent understanding of the dynamic relationship between the two.
  • Broad, coherent and practical knowledge about the underlying principles and concepts for both maintaining currency in their chosen profession and independent lifelong learning; the limits inherent in these and their relevance to selfcare and professional conduct;


  • Able to critically and respectfully debate the nature of self, others and the world in which they live; exercising judgement and the ability to research, analyse, consolidate and synthesise relevant materials from the social sciences to substantiate their claims.
  • Appraise individual and cultural diversity in both development and relationships and the practice implications of these; demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative abilities to maintain these skills in changing contexts
  • Display self-awareness and the ability to be self-evaluative
  • Communicate effectively and creatively, through electronic media, orally and in writing with individuals, families, groups and organisations

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrate social responsibility in their engagement with others and by shaping the culture around them in a holistic, ethical, respectful and client focused manner
  • Able to work independently, exercising responsibility and accountability in matching complex concerns with evidence-based practices; able to identify and action learning opportunities after reflection on feedback;
  • Develop those specific attributes that prepare them for membership in their chosen professional association and the lifelong learning skills to retain or advance this membership

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science will prepare you for working with individuals, groups, and communities in different environments to aid in improving their quality of life. Graduates may find employment in community-based services, churches, not-for-profit organisations, mission-focused organisations, community-service orientated positions, positions that require research skills and critical thinking, and positions that require counselling, mentoring, youth work, or social welfare training. At the completion of this study, graduates can apply for membership with relevant accreditation bodies as well as the opportunity to continue studying at a Masters level.

Your graduate employment opportunities can include:

  • Accredited Counsellor* - specialise in areas such as schools, community work, careers, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Community or Case Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Chaplain
  • Policy/Project Officer
  • Family Support Officer
  • Support Services in areas such as health, women, disability, children, migration, and refugees

*Graduates can gain accreditation as Counsellors through the Australian Counselling Association. Further study can equip Counsellors for specialist areas such as family, marriage, and trauma counselling.

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Alumni Story

“I was studying the same degree at another university when the lecturer said that our worldview affects everything we do, especially in this job.

At that moment, I realised I needed to find a new place to learn that aligns with my worldview. After asking around, I found Alphacrucis and I have never looked back.”

Abigail Comafay,
Bachelor of Applied Social Science student


Work-integrated Learning

To qualify for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Applied Social Science, a candidate will complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) of Professional Practice (100 hour placement).

Professional Accreditation

If students wish to apply for professional membership or accreditation, they are advised to complete the relevant specialisation. e.g. those interested in being a registered counsellor are advised to complete subjects in the Counselling Specialisation. Students must have the appropriate police checks and approvals for working with children before they may undertake Professional Practice subjects.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

CRICOS Course Code: 093683J