The Associate Degree of Applied Social Science provides a foundational understanding of individuals, groups and social structures, and offers a broad grounding in sociological theory, social systems and social policy. The Associate Degree incorporates the main theoretical components of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science degree, and maintains an applied focus in the development of counselling or coaching skills.
To complete the Associate Degree of Applied Social Science you must successfully complete 16 units (six Social Science units, three core Professional Practice units, three core units from the Applied Psychology minor strand; two units from the minor strand in either Counselling or Coaching, and two elective units). The Associate Degree comprises the first two years of the Bachelor of Applied Social Science.
Meet one of the following criteria:
- Be aged 21 years or over, or
- Minimum ATAR 65 (or equivalent), or
- Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, or
- Partial completion of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
Please note that if you don’t meet the above criteria, you are welcome to apply for the Diploma of Counselling or Diploma of Community Services (Case Management). You will receive credit on successful completion of the Diploma to enter an ACAP Bachelor course.
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).
- 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent), or
- 1 year and 1 trimester full-time accelerated program (four units of study per trimester)
Trimester 1: Monday 13 February 2017
Trimester 2: Monday 29 May 2017
Trimester 3: Monday 18 September 2017
Areas of study include:
- contemporary society and social issues
- organisational behaviour
- psychology and developmental psychology
- social policy, analysis and research
- cross cultural counselling
- social, legal and ethical issues surrounding counselling
- mental health policy and practice
Students select either a Counselling or Coaching minor strand in which they complete two units of study.
For more information, see the course guide.
ACAP’s Associate Degree of Applied Social Science is available on-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. The course is available by online delivery if you choose the Coaching minor, or by a combination of online and blended delivery if you choose the Counselling minor.
On-campus study in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.
With online delivery you can study anywhere, anytime. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher.
Blended delivery consists of a combination of face-to-face and online learning. This is available to students who choose to complete their minor in Counselling.
You can choose to study each of your units in different modes, subject to availability, to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle. You can select different modes of study for different units in a given trimester and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each trimester. To find out which units are offered by online and blended delivery, please refer to our course sequence for more information.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Associate Degree of Applied Social Science. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course.
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For more information, see our Associate Degree of Applied Social Science course guide.