Alphacrucis College

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

Alphacrucis College

Course details

CRICOS course code: 093683J

Level of study: Bachelor's Degrees


The Bachelor of Applied Social Science trains and equips you to assist others in a professional and caring manner, based on evidence-based interventions and best-practice principles. You can choose to specialize in either counselling, chaplaincy & pastoral care, youth work, community work, or cross-cultural community work, with course content and experience meeting appropriate industry requirements.

You will be learning from qualified and experienced health and industry-specific professionals. This course combines theoretical foundations with skill development and the practical experience required to work effectively in a range of applied social science contexts. With an emphasis on skill development and practical experience, you will learn to work professionally to help others.


The course structure is based on six semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus a study week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 15 compulsory core subjects (150 credit points)
  • 7 subjects from the specialization focus area/major (70 credit points)
  • 2 elective subjects (20 credit points)

Specialization/Focus Areas:

  • Counselling
  • Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care
  • Youth Studies
  • Social Science
  • Cross Cultural

Recommended focus pathways are advisory not compulsory.

To qualify for award of the degree of Bachelor of Applied Social Science a candidate shall complete at least 240 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.



Understanding and knowledge of historic and current thinking within the social sciences; in-depth ethical, theoretical and practical knowledge about providing informed care to others; as well as a broad and coherent understanding of the dynamic relationship between the two.

Broad, coherent and practical knowledge about the underlying principles and concepts for both maintaining currency in their chosen profession and independent lifelong learning; the limits inherent in these and their relevance to self-care and professional conduct;


Able to critically and respectfully debate the nature of self, others and the world in which they live; exercising judgement and the ability to research, analyze, consolidate and synthesize relevant materials from the social sciences to substantiate their claims.

Appraise individual and cultural diversity in both development and relationships and the practice implications of these; demonstrate the cognitive, technical and creative abilities to maintain these skills in changing contexts

Display self-awareness and the ability to be self-evaluative

Communicate effectively and creatively, through electronic media, orally and in writing with individuals, families, groups and organizations.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrate social responsibility in their engagement with others and by shaping the culture around them in a holistic, ethical, respectful and client focused manner

Able to work independently, exercising responsibility and accountability in matching complex concerns with evidence-based practices; able to identify and action learning opportunities after reflection on feedback;

Develop those specific attributes that prepare them for membership in their chosen professional association and the lifelong learning skills to retain or advance this membership.

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Course opportunities

Start date: Expected August 2023
Duration: 3 years
Study mode: Full time

AC Brisbane Campus

48 O'Keefe Street
Brisbane Queensland 4102

Entry criteria

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of Australian Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of no less than 65 (or the completion of an International Baccalaureate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Special admission is also available for Year 12 students who’s ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published guaranteed ATAR but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorized institution or registered training organization (RTO).

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorized institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

IELTS: Overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5.


Alphacrucis College
Sydney Campus
30 Cowper Street Sydney New South Wales 2150