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Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family Practice)

Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family Practice) (BHFP)

Entry requirements
ATAR 65.60
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May


  • Are you passionate about making a positive difference in today’s world? Do you have a commitment to human rights and want to work alongside individuals, and within communities to enable social justice and equity? Human services graduates have the knowledge, skills and values that promote social inclusion, economic participation and wellbeing. 
  • UniSQ’s Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family Practice) aims to nurture your passion for children, young people, and families.
  • Gain effective and in-depth knowledge and specialist skills that enables you to engage with children, youth and families impacted by marginalisation, trauma, and difference. 
  • You'll gain hands-on experience through interactive learning activities and 500 hours of supervised field education (placements).

Further study

Upon successful graduation, you can go on to study the two-year Master of Social Work (Qualifying) or the Graduate Certificate in Counselling. Completion of these postgraduate qualifications can lead to enrolment in a PhD.

Thinking of studying in 2024? UniSQ will be delivering flexible new ways of teaching, with different calendar offerings, making the balance of study and life easier. Read more in our new academic calendar FAQs.

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Human Services is externally accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA), the professional body for qualified community workers in Australia. Students who successfully complete this degree, including professional placement requirements (fieldwork), will be eligible to apply for ACWA membership, subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the ACWA.

Career outcomes

  • You'll be qualified to work with children, youth and families in a range of community, government and non-government settings.
  • Work within the Health Care and Social Assistance industry; one of the largest Australian workforces with continued strong growth predicted (National Skills Commission 2023).
  • Graduates will be able to work in many areas of practice including child safety, housing and homelessness, counselling, domestic and family violence, and youth work; among many others.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 65.60 -


To study this degree we assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English (Units 3 & 4, C) 

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to a grade C or higher in Units 3 and 4 at high school level (typically studied in Year 12). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degrees' student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this degree. Inherent requirements are fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the degree, while maintaining the academic integrity of the degree.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • Australian Federal Police Check certificate
  • Health check and vaccinations as required.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
Extended major courses (incl. 2 x 2-unit professional placement courses) 12
8 x elective courses 4
Total 24

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

You will need to undertake mandatory on-campus residential schools at UniSQ Ipswich as part of ACWA accreditation requirements. You’ll engage with academics and peers in simulated learning experiences to set yourself up for the many environments that you will work in.

The residential schools provide an opportunity to prepare for your professional placements in human service organisations by developing your evidence-based learning, role-playing with your peers, and using a variety of learning and teaching technologies.

Professional experience / placements

All students are required to undertake 500 hours of mandatory supervised professional placement within diverse human services settings and contexts of practice.

Other majors

Other extended majors within the Bachelor of Human Services include:

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 14480
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 909125
Toowoomba 909121

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 13 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

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What is a child and family practice degree?
The Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family Practice) is a specialised degree aimed at nurturing your passion for working with children, youth, and families, especially those impacted by marginalisation, trauma, and difference. This degree combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills, preparing you to engage effectively in child and family practice. 
Why UniSQ?
Our Psychology and Human Services degrees are meticulously crafted to provide in-depth knowledge and specialist skills in this field. A key component of our Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family Practice) is the 500 hours of supervised field education, ensuring that our students gain hands-on experience through interactive learning activities. This practical approach is crucial in preparing you for the real-world challenges you’ll face in your future professional careers. 
Is there any professional accreditation for this degree?
The Bachelor of Child and Family Studies at UniSQ is accredited with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). This accreditation means that our graduates are eligible to apply for ACWA membership, subject to meeting any additional requirements stipulated by ACWA. This professional recognition is a testament to the quality and relevance of our program in the field of child and family services. 
What are the entry requirements?

To gain entry into the Bachelor of Child and Family Practice you must meet a minimum ATAR, subject pre-requisites and assumed knowledge. 

The degree also includes inherent requirements that must be met in order to successfully complete this qualification.

For further information, please view the entry requirements section of this page.

If you don’t meet these entry requirements, we offer several pathway options:

Are there opportunities for further study after completing this degree?
Yes! Graduates can go on to pursue the two-year Master of Social Work (Qualifying) or the Graduate Certificate in Counselling. Completion of these postgraduate qualifications can also lead to enrolment in a PhD, providing a pathway for those interested in advanced research or academic careers. 
What are the career opportunities for graduates with a child and family studies degree?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services (Child and Family Practice) can work in a variety of fields, including:

  • child safety
  • housing and homelessness services
  • counselling
  • domestic and family violence support
  • youth work.
Are flexible study options available?

Yes! At UniSQ you can study our Bachelor of Human Services Counselling as an external student, learning your subject theory online and attend campus when required for practical experience. You can choose to study full-time or part-time, allowing you to balance your degree with work and life commitments.

Discover the different ways you can study at UniSQ.