Course Description

The Diploma of Youth Work is the preferred industry qualification for the youth services industry in Australia. Youth workers are passionate about helping young members of society achieve their potential. 

This course would suit those who are looking to give back to their community by making a difference to the lives of younger Australians. Those who have some work or volunteer experience in the Community Services sector and wish to specialise in youth services will also find this course valuable.

Throughout the Diploma of Youth Work you'll learn how to work with diverse groups of young people. Skills in case management and program and activity planning are a focus of this course.

We'll teach you how to identify young people at risk and how to address legal and ethical issues. You'll also receive training in counselling and working with individuals with mental health issues.

This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of North Coast TAFE.

Articulation pathway with Charles Sturt University

Open Colleges has formalised articulation with Charles Sturt University. After graduation from this course you may wish to undertake the:

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) and receive 18 months of credit transfer into a 3 year degree; OR
  • Bachelor of Social Work and receive 12 months of credit transfer into a 4 year degree.

Hoping to go to uni?

If you plan to enrol in a social science or social work degree with Charles Sturt University when you complete this course, you’d be entitled to apply for the Open Colleges $2,000 scholarship to spend however you like. You could use it to assist with your tuition fees, to buy textbooks or to stock up on supplies for your new course. The scholarship is sponsored by Open Colleges and is awarded exclusively to four Open Colleges students per year.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Case manager
  • Senior Youth Worker
  • Youth and Family Services Officer
  • Youth Team Leader