Bachelor of Applied Social Science | Eastern College Australia

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

1. About Bachelor of Applied Social Science

Do you want to make an impact on the world and in the lives of young people, individuals, couples, families or communities? Why not consider Eastern College Australia’s Bachelor of Applied Social Science. This course is designed to help you connect with the industry you will work in, gain a solid theoretical basis for your professional practice and allow you to be a change agent for your clients.

There are a choice of three Streams in the course, Community Development, Counselling and Youth Work all aiming at producing high-quality graduates taught in a course founded on a Christian worldview with units constructed within a Christian ethos.

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science is a new program, building on the years of experience that Eastern College Australia has acquired in offering the Bachelor of Arts, that gives students expertise in discipline-based theory and practice. Students gain profession centred knowledge and skills for possible employment in the following capacities:

  • community development (community organisations, local councils, government agencies and churches);
  • counsellors (personal, churches, faith-based organisations);
  • youth work (youth drop-in centres, youth welfare organisations, faith-based organisations and government agencies).

Professional Accreditation

Successfully completing the minimum requirements of 80 hours of counselling and 20 hours of supervision over the two Counselling Field Education units in the Counselling Stream will allow you to apply for registration as a counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and/or as a provisional member with the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA), a Constituent Member Association of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). However, to reach graduate level accreditation for CCAA, an additional 160 hours of counselling and 40 hours of supervision within two years of becoming a provisional member are required for registration.

Prospective Counselling Stream students should be aware that they may have to pay for supervision during their Counselling Field Education units. Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours and if needed the charges are usually around $100 per hour for a total of $1000 per unit.


The Bachelor of Applied Social Science course is a three-year program aimed at producing community developers, counsellors or youth workers informed by a Christian Worldview.

The course is a mixture of theory and practice with all streams requiring students to work in the field during their studies. Electives may be chosen from any undergraduate unit offered by Eastern College Australia which allows students completing the Community Development Stream to include units in Visual Arts or Counselling or the other areas offered.

This course is tightly integrated with Eastern College Australia’s Bachelor of Arts such that those who decide not to complete the field education units are able to graduate with a different award or a lower level award as appropriate.

Course Outcomes

  • Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community
  • Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly work
  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Applied Social Science disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one discipline or area of practice
  • Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about individuals and society informed by a Christian worldview
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community informed by a Christian worldview
  • Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex human problems informed by a Christian worldview and one or more disciplines' approaches
  • Demonstrate autonomy and responsibility for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts

Delivery locations

  • Online (Partial)
  • Wantirna (Full)
This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

Course Structure

  • CORE Students are required to complete the following core areas:
    • Christian Foundations (36 credit points)
    • Social Science Core (18 credit points)
  • STREAM Students are required to complete one of the following Streams
    • Community Development (60 credit points)
    • Counselling (84 credit points)
    • Youth Work (78 credit points)
  • ELECTIVES Students are required to complete electives which may be chosen from any 500, 600 or 700 level unit the College offers (as long as pre-requisites are met)
    • Those undertaking the Community Development Stream - 30 credit points
    • Those undertaking the Counselling Stream - 6 credit points
    • Those undertaking the Youth Work Stream - 12 credit points


Exit Pathways

Depending on the units chosen students may choose to exit with a Diploma in Arts or Associate Degree in Arts.

Students who choose not to complete, or are not given permission to complete, the practicum units of their Stream may change to a Bachelor of Arts award.

Articulation Arrangements

Students who have completed an Eastern College Australia Diploma in Arts or Associate Degree in Arts may articulate into this award.

No other formal articulation agreements have been entered into.

Pathways to Further Learning

Successful completion of the award with the Counselling Stream will allow students to progress to the Master of Community Counselling.

Successful completion of the award will allow students to progress to the Master of Practical Theology.

2. Essential requirements for admission

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in this course will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.5 (no band less than 6)
    TOEFL (Paper Based Test) 580 Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5
    TOEFL (Internet) 92 Writing with a minimum of 20
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58 No communication score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 176 with no less than 169 in any component

3. Admission Criteria

  • All applicants must meet the Admission Criteria/General Entry Requirements for all Courses namely the interview and an endorsed character reference form.
  • Applicants must demonstrate in the New Student Interview
    • self-awareness, including the capacity to relate in a facilitative way with others and to reflect on and examine the impact of these actions
    • relational capacity
    • a capacity to understand and practice ethical behaviour and be prepared to follow a code of ethics
    • a certain level of mature life experience on the part of the applicant and this is shown by the capacity to reflect on and learn from experience, including being open to positive and challenging feedback

To undertake a professional placement the placement organisation may require a satisfactory police check and/or a working with children check.

A. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

ATAR Based Admissions

Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)* or equivalent obtaining an ATAR score of 60

Other Admission Pathways

Students who had exceptional circumstances in the completion of their secondary studies may be admitted with evidence of difficulties from the secondary institution, medical practitioners and/or other professionals who can attest to the impact upon the prospective student’s ATAR

ATAR [and selection rank] profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in 2019 (Full year)

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (Excluding adjustment factors) Selection Rank (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer 0
Median rank to receive an offer 0
Lowest rank to receive an offer 0
  • “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category
  • N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants must have completed a Certificate IV or higher

C. Applicants with higher education study

  • Successful completion of the Diploma in Arts or equivalent OR
  • Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Arts or equivalent OR
  • Other higher education studies (complete or incomplete) that may or may not be granted advanced standing

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Mature Age entry for those who have reached the age of 21 is available. Applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for their desired Stream during the New Student Interview and demonstrate an ability to study at the required level through their responses on the application form.

4. How to Apply

You can apply directly to the College via our online application form available at

5. Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see or call the College on 9790 9200 and speak to the Registrar


Counselling Stream
Christian Foundations - Degree Core
Social Science Core Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
CD520 Community Development and Social Change
CD530 Applied Human Rights
CD610 Art and Social Action
CD622 Art and Community Development
CD631 Inequality and Marginalisation
CD721 Leading and Organising for Social Change
CD730 Gender and Sexuality
CD731 Community Advocacy
CD781 Community Development Professional Experience 1 (10 days)
CD782 Community Development Professional Experience 2 (10 days)
CF501 Living in Christ
CF502 Foundations for Faith
CF503 Introduction to the Bible
CF604 Faith, Reason and Justice
CF701 Integration of Vocation and Faith
CN510 Introduction to Counselling
CN520 Personal Philosophy of Counselling Practice
CN602 Common Counselling Issues
CN603 Strengths-based Collaborative Approaches to Counselling
CN605 Counselling for Addiction
CN611 Basic Counselling Skills
CN621 Counselling Skills and the Counselling Profession
CN701 Family Counselling
CN704 Counselling for Crisis, Trauma and Loss
CN724 Counselling Field Education 1
CN725 Counselling Field Education 2
EN503 Literature and Worldview
PS511 Introduction to Psychology
PS602 Human Development: Implications for Counselling
PS701 Mental Health for Counselling
SS501 Introduction to Sociology
SS502 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
SS600 Innovative Social Action
SS601 Ethical and Professional Practice
SS700 Social Research Methods
SS701 Social Policy
YT501 Theories of Youth Work
YT541 Youth Work and the Youth Sector
YT602 Group Work and Program Design
YT603 Youth Rights and Participation
YT670 Youth Work Field Education 1 Part A
YT671 Youth Work Field Education 1 Part B
YT701 Leadership in Youth Work
YT720 Trauma Informed Youth Work
YT770 Youth Work Field Education 2 Part A
YT771 Youth Work Field Education 2 Part B

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