Bachelor of Youth Work

Undergraduate Course
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Professional Outcomes

The Bachelor of Youth Work degree is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of roles across the youth sector. Our graduates have attained youth oriented careers in:

  • Community Case Management
  • Faith Based Pastoral Roles
  • Police and Corrections
  • Public Sector
  • Local Government Community Development
  • Health Sector
  • School Based Pastoral Support
  • Housing Support
  • Event Coordination
  • Education
  • International Development
  • Adventure Recreation
  • Child Protection

Read Rebecca’s experience of the Bachelor Youth Work.

About This Course

Young people are actively involved in shaping our world. So, what will this world look like for all of us in the future? How will life be better for citizens of the next century? The Tabor Bachelor of Youth Work is developed around a central, optimistic ideology – that young people enrich society. Such enrichment requires unity and collaboration. Human experience is fundamentally relational and Tabor believes that any society is made better by the presence of multiple voices.

The Tabor program is designed to promote the critical need for a collective voice in shaping our future world. This belief, grounded in the social sciences and our own spiritual values, drives us to play a role in the ongoing struggle for justice and to help young people excel in an interconnected society.

Formation is at the heart of the Tabor Youth Work program. We build our program around the idea of the professional youth worker – a practitioner who possesses both self and contextual awareness, spiritual intelligence and an ethical core. This individual is able to work courageously and creatively amidst the ubiquitous complexities, challenges and chaos of human service in the real world.

Our own Youth Work experience has enabled us to develop a nationally recognised curriculum which prepares students for real world opportunities. Through the course, students participate in practices of personal, professional, intellectual and spiritual formation. This, in conjunction with their portfolio of relevant practice skills, ensures our graduates exemplify the principles of praxis and emerge as valuable Youth Workers.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates will have a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of youth work practice and youth issues from multiple disciplines.  This includes sociological and psychological academic disciplines, as well as spiritual traditions, cultural humility and community services perspectives on contemporary and persistent youth issues, practice modalities, sector dynamics, social policy, self-care and professional ethics.

Graduates will have well developed cognitive, technical and communications skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:  

  • Evaluate knowledge of personal,  sociopsychological, spiritual and political dimensions of complex issues relating to youth and young people within diverse cultural contexts for the benefit of young people.  
  • Independently create, transmit and critique solutions to assist young people, youth services and other youth and community stakeholders in relation to complex and unpredictable youth issues and youth work practice.  
  • Critically synthesise interpersonal, sociopsychological, spiritual, cultural, ethical and global perspectives on youth, young people, youth work practice as well as relevant policy and procedures. 
  • Creatively communicate knowledge, skills and ideas about young people, youth services and the social context to relevant parties in a clear and coherent manner appropriate to both the professional and informal environments of the youth sector. 

Graduates will be able to: 

  • Reflexively apply theoretical and technical youth work knowledge and skills for the benefit of young people to independently address routine and emerging problems relating to young peoples’ sociopsychological and spiritual needs and opportunities in diverse contexts. 
  • Demonstrate informed ethical judgement and autonomy on issues relating to young people and offer advice within broad legal and policy parameters. 
  • Employ self-reflective and reflexive practices, in collaboration with others, regarding professional practice and self-care. 
  • Reflexively evaluate programs and interventions, in the context of emerging scholarship, to identify and action professional development and service improvement.
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Course Structure


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Where can I study?

You can study on campus at Adelaide – Millswood SA, or partially online with online plus.

Field education placement is a requirement of this course and is offered at:

Adelaide – Millswood SA

How long does it take?

3 years (36 months) full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do I need for entry?

Completion of Certificate IV or above
Qualify for mature age entry

How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


Diploma in Applied Social Science after 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.


Tabor: H_BYW
SATAC: 5A043

Undergraduate Course

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 1300 482 267