Comments about Diploma of Community Welfare Work - On Campus - Geelong - Victoria
The Diploma of Community Welfare Work will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to work as a professional social welfare worker in the community services industry. The Diploma of Community Welfare Work comprises theory and practice work. The course covers case, group and community development work. Diploma of Community Welfare Work graduates will be equipped for employment as welfare workers, case managers and family support workers in family welfare organisations, disability services, youth services, child protection and community health services and employment.
You will need to complete a Direct Entry Application Form. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have been out of full-time secondary education for at least 12 months, although demonstration of paid or unpaid work experience in the community services is an entry requirement. You will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake the Diploma of Community Welfare Work. An appropriate level of maturity to work in the community services sector is also desired. Attendance is required at a course information session.
Diploma of Community Welfare Work
Modules / Units of Competency
There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Diploma of Community Welfare Work . The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
Title Approx. Hours
Develop and implement a community development framework 150
Develop, implement and promote effective community 75
Respond holistically to client issues 75
Work within a structured counselling process 90
Plan and conduct group activities 50
Meet statutory and organisational information requirements 90
Develop new networks 75
Implement and monitor OHS policies and procedures 50
Reflect and improve upon professional practice 120
Undertake systems advocacy 90
Manage the organisations finances, accounts and resources 90
Support community action 90
Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management 75
Reflect and improve upon counselling skills 90
Work with clients intensively 75
Coordinate the work environment 90
Undertake research activities 50
Develop and implement policy 90
Provide intervention support to children and families 70
The Diploma of Community Welfare Work is offered full-time (two years) and part-time (four years). Classroom attendance is approximately 18 hours per week for full-time students and nine hours per week for part-time students. Student intakes are generally February.
If you apply to study the Diploma of Community Welfare Work you will be required to attend a small group assessment interview. At this interview you will be assessed on a small written task, previous educational records and work and other relevant experience as identified on your application form.
You will be given preference if you have a sound understanding of the requirements of the industry and an appropriate level of skills and knowledge to study and work in the community services sector.
Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.
Diploma of Community Welfare Work
* Welfare worker
* Community Worker
Bachelor of Social Work or Bachelor of Social Science
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience. For further information refer to the RPL brochure that can be found under Downloads & Forms.
Gordon Institute Support Services
The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.