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Build a Foundation for a Fulfilling Career

Take the first step towards a rewarding career in the field of social science through this accredited course.

Delivered by Jansen Newman Institute (JNI), experts in counselling and psychotherapy education, this course provides you with a sound understanding of counselling and social science theories. You’ll learn about social analysis, sociological theory, social research methods and social policy, plus gain an insight into human development and human behavior. Upon graduation, you’ll be qualified for entry level roles in the counselling and community service sector, and be eligible to move into further study with advanced standing.

Once you complete the Diploma of Applied Social Science, you will be eligible to enrol in any of the following courses with advanced standing:

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Human Resource Management)

Course Overview

Qualification Title

DIPLOMA OF APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCE

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time or Part-time On campus or online

Study options – International students

N/A

Start Dates

February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length

Full-time: 1 year

Full-time accelerated: 7 months

Part-time: 2 years maximum

Payment Options - Domestic Australian students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options - International students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements

Face to Face

·        Each subject includes a 3 hour lecture once a week for 12 weeks

·        Study Time commitment

= 7 hours per week

Flexible Online Learning

·        Each subject runs for 12 weeks

·        Study Time commitment

= 10 hours per week

Assessment

A variety of written & practical assessments, reflective journal, essay writing

Location

Pyrmont  campus, Sydney

Delivered by

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI)

Provider

Think: Colleges Pty Ltd; is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

CRICOS Course code

N/A

Provider obligations

Think: Colleges Pty Ltd is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015

Accrediting body

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

Course Fees    

For details, refer to the website

Any other fees

For details, refer to the website

Admission Criteria

Applicants with higher education study

·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO) 

Applicants with work and life experience

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 50

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

* Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions

* Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)

* Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please http://www.jni.edu.au/apply-online/course-credits

Where to get further information

Torrens University

UAC

Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs)

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2018]

 

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)

ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *

Highest rank to receive an offer

L/N

Median rank to receive an offer

L/N

Lowest rank to receive an offer

L/N

Notes:            * L/N – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made

# N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia

Applicant background

Semester one / Full year intake [T1 2018]

Number of students

Percentage of all students

(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)

N/A

N/A

(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study

N/A

N/A

(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

N/P

N/P

·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

6

50%

·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

0

0%

(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)

N/P

N/P

International students

N/P

N/P

All students

12

100.0%

Notes:      <5 - Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5.

                    N/A - Data not available for this item.

                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

 

Flexible, Supportive Training That Changes Lives

Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) enjoys a strong reputation within the counselling and psychotherapy sectors, producing graduates who are highly qualified and ready to change lives for the better.

JNI’s focus is on practical training, ensuring that you graduate job-ready. Flexible study options enable you to tailor your learning to suit your lifestyle while working towards an accredited, recognized qualification. The Institute is renowned for encouraging personal development, giving you the confidence to start a fulfilling career helping others.

On Campus or Online Study

JNI courses are delivered online or at on campus. The Institute’s flexible online learning system includes a state- of-the-art learning portal designed to let you study anytime, anywhere.

The JNI campus is currently located at a new holistic health and wellbeing campus at 235 Pyrmont Street. Pyrmont is one of the fastest-growing and most culturally diverse communities in  Sydney, located close to Sydney’s CBD, with easy access to public transport. For more information on the new campus speak to your Course and Career Advisor.

Accelerated study is available for most of JNI’s courses – enabling you to complete your course and start your career quicker. There are three start dates each year. Contact a consultant now for upcoming start dates or for more information.

Practical Workshops for Online Study

If you study online, you are required to attend compulsory practical workshops.

These give you the chance to meet lecturers and fellow students, and gain the experience and confidence needed to work effectively after graduation.

In addition, online students are required to attend the following residential programs:

  • COU101A Interpersonal Communication – 2 days
  • COU104A Applied Counselling 1 – 2 days

Benefit from JNI’s Experience and Expertise

JNI has over 36 years of experience in delivering counselling and psychotherapy courses. All lecturers are highly experienced and widely recognized in their specialist fields, and many are published authors. You benefit from their real-world experience.

Each JNI course is designed to give you the necessary expertise to work in your chosen field, whether it’s counselling, community services, HR management.

In addition to a recognized qualification, you gain skills and tools that you can use both professionally and personally.

Contact a consultant to find out more about how you can study now and pay later. You may also be eligible for Austudy or Abstudy.

Outstanding Support and Resources

JNI offers a high level of support to assist you in reaching your goals. Course advisors and mentors are on hand to provide you with personalized support.

JNI’s faculty and administration is there to offer support. Our average theory class size is 25, so you will have excellent access to lecturers. There is a wide range of personal, academic and professional support available including academic writing, referencing training and assignment feedback through JNI’s Student Support Coordinators.

As an online student, you’ll receive:

  • Personalized support via email or telephone throughout your course
  • One-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills
  • Extensive resources

You’ll also have access to one of the largest online libraries in Australia, with over 70 million articles available.

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends. 

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

Success Coaches: 

Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.

Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises.  All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.

Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you.  Coaching can take place online, or on campus.  Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.

A positive student experience

Think: Colleges values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be access from the website.

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

Course Structure

 

To graduate from the Diploma of Applied Social Science you must complete 8 subjects (80 credit points).

The subjects are listed in the table below.  All subjects are core, there are no elective subjects.  A normal full-time study load would complete the 80 credit points in 12 months.  A part –time student would normally complete the 80 credit points in 24 months.

Year 1

Credit points

Delivery hours per week#

COU101A

Interpersonal Communication

10

3

COU102A

Theories of Counselling

10

3

COU103A

Human Development Across the Lifespan

10

3

COU104A

Applied Counselling 1

10

3

SOC102A

Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis

10

3

SOC103A

Developing Social Policy

10

3

WEL101A

Introduction to Community Services

10

3

WEL102A

Health and Wellbeing

10

3

Total Credit Points

80

#Please note: delivery hours per week do not include personal self-study hours.

Subjects

Subject details

Recommended Study Pattern

Level 100 core

Subject title, descriptor

Full-time

Part-time

COU101A Interpersonal Communication

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

This subject explores aspects of counselling as a form of interpersonal communication and considers the role of self and culture, as well as important relational skills such as perception, listening and reflection. Students learn about different modes of interpersonal communication including verbal, nonverbal, written and oral, as well as the barriers to effective communication and approaches for overcoming them.

The subject also examines how different types of relationships (family, work, personal, and social groups) can be enhanced through effective communication. An informed awareness of power and rank is discussed.

Trimester X

Trimester X

COU102A Theories of Counselling

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject, students are introduced to influential counselling theories, including Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic theories, Person-centred Therapy, Existential Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy.

The subject utilises a range of experiential learning strategies including skills modelling and case studies, and introduces students to the counselling interventions used for each of these models. Such understanding is further developed in COU104 Applied Counselling 1, where students will have the opportunity to observe and practice some of the therapeutic interventions used within these modalities.

Trimester X

Trimester X

COU103A Human Development Across the Lifespan

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

This subject introduces students to the field of developmental psychology and explores what drives or motivates human behavior. It examines the key life stages of birth, early and later childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, mid-life, ageing  and  death, taking  into  account their  social  and cultural  contexts. Students are introduced to the work of scholarly work on the subject of human development.

Drawing on a diversity of disciplines, topics include theories of attachment, cognitive and social development and the role of families and communities in supporting healthy development.

Trimester X

Trimester X

COU104A Applied Counselling 1

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject, students are introduced to the core skills for counselling and change work, with specific reference to working with adults. The subject provides students with an opportunity to develop their counselling skills in

an interactive and supportive learning environment with feedback from others, and to begin considering their preferred counselling style. The interrelationships between counselling theories and models and skills are explored. This subject also focuses on the research into counselling outcomes and effective change processes.

Trimester X

Trimester X

SOC102A Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject, students are introduced to the interdisciplinary practice of social analysis and its role in understanding the various human elements and social institutions that constitute our communities and societies. It covers a variety of important social theories through which to understand human practices, identities and social structures. In particular, students learn how cultural, historical, economic and political factors shape the human experience.

Students develop social analysis skills to critically examine how human and social elements shape our views about equality, justice and fairness. The subject encourages students to assess the relevance of these elements to our social and professional relations.

Trimester X

Trimester X

SOC103A Developing Social Policy

This is a core unit in all the Applied Social Science courses.

In this subject students examine the nature and practice of social policy development through a study of key public policy areas such as education, health, welfare, the family, crime and law and order policy, drug and alcohol policy and employment policy. The focus of policy discussions is primarily within the context of Australian social, economic and political systems.

Students examine the theoretical underpinnings of policy development, the role of politics and lobby groups in influencing social policy, the policy process, and how policy decisions are monitored and evaluated. The role of associations, such as NCOSS and ACOSS, and churches in monitoring the impact of government policy and advocating for vulnerable groups within society are also examined, with a view to students considering ‘how else’ policies can be informed and used effectively to bring about change and improvement to social conditions.

Trimester X

Trimester X

WEL101A Introduction to Community Services

This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.

This subject introduces students to the structure, purpose and nature of the Australian health care system and community services. It explores the many contexts, settings and roles within this area of work, including the policies, theories and practices applicable to this field. Students learn about the important role and function of occupations in community services, and the practices involved such as advocacy, lobbying, networking, and support and service coordination. Students develop an understanding of the variety of community sector organizations that operate in Australia, sources of funding provided by local, state and federal governments, and the challenges, barriers and opportunities for accessing and providing the relevant but scarce resources to those in need. Attention will also be given to community development and programs through examples such as public housing, Indigenous community development, community consultation and public fora.

Trimester X

Trimester X

WEL102A Health and Wellbeing

This is a core unit for the Counselling and Community Services majors.

This subject provides the context for understanding health and well-being in Australia. It begins by exploring the critical perspectives associated with defining health and well-being, and what impacts these definitions have on various sections of the community, especially those considered most marginal. Health policies, perceptions and promotional activities are analysed as to their impact on health equity and access to services and resources for various sections of the population. The health of individuals, community and society is also discussed in terms of the workplace, the environment and the proximity to service centres such as cities and towns. Students learn about current debates and the impact of service-users, consumer advocates and worker responses. International policies and research will inform many of the discussions.

Trimester X

Trimester X

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are JNI qualifications recognized?

Yes, all JNI qualifications are nationally recognized and government-accredited. In addition, JNI’s Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) meets the training standards of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.  This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

What is it like to study on campus at JNI?

Studying on campus will offer you a high level of motivation and personal interaction between your lecturers and fellow students. At JNI we understand that you might be new to tertiary study or may be returning to study after an extended period away. When coupled with the myriad of priorities of modern life, students need concrete, practical support.

JNI’s faculty and administration are there to offer support. Our average theory class size is 20, so you will have excellent access to lecturers. There is a wide range of personal, academic and professional support available including academic writing, referencing training and assignment feedback through JNI’s Student Support Coordinators.

What are the benefits of studying online with JNI?

JNI offers a learning structure that fits your lifestyle, with a flexible balance of supported and independent study complemented by high quality study materials.

You’ll receive all your study materials by mail before your course begins. These are designed to let you learn anywhere, while you schedule your study times to suit your needs.

Units are delivered through a state-of-the-art learning portal that has been purpose built for JNI. Each unit is facilitated by a dedicated online lecturer who guides the learning process and provides academic support.

During your course, you’ll be able to connect with your lecturers and fellow students through group activities and various communication channels, including discussion forums, message boards, blogs and wikis. You’ll be able to monitor your own progress with self-review quizzes and receive immediate results and feedback.

Assessments are submitted and marked online.

You’ll also have access to one of the largest online libraries in Australia, with over 70 million articles available. The qualification you receive as an online student is identical to qualifications gained on campus.

How long does each unit take to complete?

All units start and finish within a 12 week period. Each unit requires around 6 to 8 hours of self-study per week.

What is the timetable like for on campus students?

You can study up to 4 units on campus and each unit consists of one 3 hour lecture per week. Students have the option of morning, afternoon or evening lectures. Classes are held Monday to Friday.

 

 

 

 

Is campus attendance required for online students?

The Diploma of Applied Social Science features one two-day workshop for COU102 Interpersonal Communication. This occurs on the third weekend of every trimester in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

These workshops have been designed to help you put your theoretical knowledge into practice, so you graduate with valuable practical experience. They also present a great opportunity for you to meet your lecturers and other students face-to-face.

What kind of support is available during my course?

JNI offers a high level of support to online students. You’ll receive:

  • Personalized support via email or telephone throughout your course
  • One-on-one support to help you establish goals, create study plans and develop sound study skills
  • Extensive resources

What are the course starting dates?

There are three start dates a year. Ask our Course & Careers Advisor for upcoming start dates.

What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

No special material or equipment is required for this course.

Get Started Now

Our Course & Careers Advisor can help you select the right JNI course for your career needs. Call 1800 777 116.

Contact Us

New Student Enquiries: 1800 777 116

Current Student Enquiries & Clinic: 1300 738 243

www.jni.edu.au

Information provided in this document is current at the date of publication and may be subject to change.

© Jansen Newman Institute is a trading division of Think: Colleges Pty Ltd ABN 93 050 049 299

TEQSA Provider ID: PRV12058 TEQSA Course ID: CRS1200656

Date of Publication: Sept 2014