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Community Services courses

If you are interested in counselling or home and community care, we have many community services courses to help get your career pointing in the right direction. You can study at short course, TAFE or postgraduate level.


Our graduates find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • counselling
  • mental health professional
  • disability services
  • community services
  • financial counselling.

Short courses 4 courses

Duration: 16 weeks
Gain recognition of your experience providing alcohol and other drug (AOD) support in the community and health industry.
Duration: 1000 hours
EAP is a university and TAFE preparation course. It is designed for students with upper intermediate to advanced levels of English who want to gain admission to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Duration: 10 weeks
Learn to design and perform a funeral ceremony in a professional and respectful manner, with the needs of the client’s family in mind.
Duration: 3 weeks
A preparation course which provides students with a the skills required to pass the Victoria Police Entrance Examination.

TAFE certificates & diplomas 9 courses

Duration: 1 year
Gain knowledge and experience in providing support to older people with complex needs, and working with groups of older people.
Duration: 1 year
Develop the skills required to provide a range of services and interventions to people with alcohol and other drugs issues.
Duration: 1 year
Learn how to manage services, departments and projects in a range of community organisations and government services.
Duration: 1.5 years

Start training for a career in community services while you complete your secondary school studies, with the Certificate II in Community Services.

Duration: 9 months
Develop skills to work directly with clients in the community sector. You can focus on community services or community development work.
Duration: 9 months
This course reflects the role of community service workers who design and deliver person-centred services to individuals and groups.
Duration: 2 years
Gain skills and knowledge to work in the community welfare sector. Learn to deliver services, provide programs and develop projects for people in community-based settings.
Duration: 1 year
Develop the skills to provide support and training to people with disabilities in community-based and residential settings.
Duration: 0.5 years
Gain the foundational skills and knowledge to work in the aged, disability, home and community care industry.

Bachelor degrees (undergraduate) 1 course

Duration: 3 years

Solve real problems in the community with VU's Bachelor of Criminology. You'll gain the knowledge and skills needed to help police, legal, and social-welfare organisations address the causes and results of criminal behaviour.

Postgraduate 3 courses

Duration: 2 years
Pursue a career as a community psychologist. Become a part of a vibrant learning environment where your psychology skills and knowledge will be directed towards applied community psychology.
Duration: 2 years
Advance your counselling skills and learn how to apply them ethically. Develop your theoretical knowledge with industry-based learning and placement. Choose course specialisations that meet the current needs of the public and private industry.
Duration: 2 years
Master of Counselling (AMEP ) extends your expertise in counselling theory and practice following the completion of a Graduate Diploma. Please note: this is not an APS accredited psychology course.
I was involved in a car crash that left me with serious spinal damage. I began playing wheelchair rugby and was chosen to be part of Australia’s Paralympic team. My teachers at Victoria University have been very supportive of me as an athlete. They provided flexible due dates for assignments and other adjustments when it was necessary.
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