Diploma of Community Services
Community Services is a sector with a variety of challenging and interesting roles and opportunities allowing you to specialise in the sector or work as a generalist. Our Community Services Course will help prepare you for the outside world.
You may be involved in managing, coordinating and or delivering of person-centred services to indviiduals, groups or communities. You will be providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals using a strength based case management model. There are over 50 occupations that fall under Community Service such as:
- Working with youth
- Job network
- Disability services
- Mental health services
- Drugs and alcohol treatments
- Domestic violence
- Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
- Migration centres
- Settlement services
How can our course allow you to work in such a large variety of specialisations?
At 4Life College we are teaching the Strengths-Based Recovery Model.
Instead of focussing too narrowly on the challenges and issues clients face, this model encourages community service workers to help their clients use their strengths and resources to overcome obstacles. By focussing on the positives, clients are enabled to work on their strengths to achieve their goals, rather than consistently being confronted with their own shortcomings.
Community Services Job Outcomes:
- Welfare Worker
- Youth work
- Working with carers
- Early Intervention Worker
- Program Coordinator
- Intake Officer
As part of our practical approach to learning, the community services course includes a mandatory work placement. The work placement is not only a vital part of our students’ education, it also provides them with great contacts within the industry.
Due to the hands-on nature of our courses, students will be well prepared by the time their work placement starts, ensuring that they enter it with confidence. As part of the work placement students will be evaluated on their performance when carrying out the acquired skills under workplace conditions.
The work placement for the community service course are in two separate blocks of 200 hours each.
The community service course can be undertaken without prior qualifications.
However It is recommended that students have at least one qualification in the Community Services/Health field before undertaking the Diploma. Our aged care and disability care courses would provide good foundation skills and work experience for the Diploma courses.
Diploma students must be able to bring in a laptop or tablet device to class (it will not be supplied).
Students must also fulfil the College’s requirements for English proficiency.