Studying in the Youth Sector
The level and type of qualifications held by people in the youth sector varies greatly. The following information relates to youth specific courses that are offered in Victoria.
This is not an exhaustive list. Other courses can be found at: www.myfuture.edu.au.
Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40602)
A Certificate IV is a one-year full time course that is offered by TAFEs and specialised training providers. Most Certificate IV courses include a placement component which provides a valuable opportunity to gain some basic experience in the field. A Certificate IV in Youth Work is generally an appropriate qualification for entry level posi¬tions such as residential care work or generalist youth work.
The following training providers deliver Certificate IV courses in Youth Work:
Diploma in Youth Work (CHC50502)
Once you have completed a Certificate IV in Youth Work it is possible to undertake a further year of study to obtain a Diploma. The additional year of study usually includes a second work placement providing an opportunity to increase/diversify your experience in the field. Some training providers also offer direct entry into diploma level courses. A Diploma in Youth Work is generally an appropriate quali¬fication for most Youth Work positions; however further training/experience may be required for more specialised or senior roles.
The following training providers deliver Diploma courses in Youth Work:
Bachelor degress in youth work
A Bachelor Degree in Youth Work can only be obtained through a university and is completed over a 3-year period (full time; part time study is also available). Some Bachelor degrees pro¬vide the opportunity to incorporate units from other areas of study in addition to the core youth units. A Bachelor Degree will generally provide you with increased career prospects compared with a Certificate or a Diploma, as it is a higher qualification. These courses also consist of a placement component.
The following training providers deliver Bachelor Degrees in Youth Work:
- Victoria University (Footscray Campus)
- Victoria University (Footscray Campus) – Double degree: Bachelor of Youth Work and Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management
- Australian Catholic University (Melbourne City)
- RMIT (Melbourne Campus)
A Masters Degree is suited to those wishing to take on more senior positions within the youth sector. It will assist students to develop skills in: management and supervision; establishing social enterprises; managing budgets; and using current technology.
- Masters of Youth Services Management Victoria University (Footscray Campus)
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