Bachelor of Human Services

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 years full-time
6 years part-time
(see Attendance section for pathway options)

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,684.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

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Entry requirements


OP 2019


Rank 2019 (more)

OR VET qualification

Certificate III

Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2


  • English (4SA)

Assumed knowledge


VET Guarantee

If you receive a VET and meet subject prerequisites, you are guaranteed a place in this program.

Why choose this program?

Study human services and bring real change to people's lives. This degree will equip you to work with individuals, families, and communities. You will learn from experts with links to health and community sectors, and government and non-government organisations. You will learn about human services in Australia and develop the knowledge and skills needed to build a better future for individuals and families in need, younger and older people, and persons living with disability. Through the course of your studies, you will develop a clear and insightful understanding of the principles of social justice, empowerment, and social inclusion. You will learn through hands-on experience as you undertake a professional placement in your final year of study.


Honours is available for this degree (through an additional year of study).

Attendance information

There are two modes of study for this program.

The Bachelor of Human Services is offered full-time and part-time at the Gold Coast and Logan campuses. As a full-time on-campus student, you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the trimester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week. The program includes a practical professional placement which sits in the third year of the program for which you must be available five working days each week. It is important to check course profiles and your timetable carefully to ensure that all course requirements are fully understood.

Distance Education
Students can enrol in the Distance Education offering of the program and will be able to complete the program off-campus by distance learning via our online learning management system online with the exception of three compulsory five-day face-to-face intensive on-campus courses.

As a full-time Distance Education student, you will study online which may include online coursework, readings, research, discussions and other course related study. You should check the minimum computer specifications for studying online and complete the short self-assessment test "Are you ready to study online?" (which can be found on the New students website) before considering applying for the Distance Education offering of this program.

Your compulsory attendance is in the form of one five day intensive course per year held at the Gold Coast campus as follows:

Domestic students studying off-shore outside Australia will be required to attend the three compulsory face-to-face intensives on campus in Australia as part of designated courses in accordance with professional accreditation requirements.

Accelerated Pathway
Students may undertake an accelerated pathway enabling completion of the Bachelor of Human Services in a shorter timeframe (2 - 2.5 years full-time). Students who opt out to undertake the accelerated pathway will be required to study full-time and complete 40 credit points each trimester including Trimester 3.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program, you will spend 400 hours (four days per week) in the work/professional environment during trimester six of the full-time program or equivalent. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including Northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.

My career opportunities

You will be prepared for a career in community planning and development, welfare services, family support, mental health services, correctional services, policy development and research, rehabilitation services, women's services, and youth work.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Human Services is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).

Professional recognition

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the ACWA. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the ACWA to confirm registration requirements.

Before I enrol

  • Criminal History Check
  • Immunisation and Health Record
  • Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll
  • Queensland Health placement requirements

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.

If you are living in a remote or rural area, you may be expected to travel to a professional placement and this may also incur accommodation and living expenses to you. A Griffith University Placement Officer will work with you to find a suitable local placement however, this cannot always be guaranteed. Domestic students studying off-shore outside Australia can complete the placement (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Human Services (1394)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 27.5 $343.75 $27,500.00
2019 Fee Band 26.5 $331.25 $26,500.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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