Bachelor of Arts (with specialisations) students at Charles Sturt University are required to complete 10 to 15 days of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience. For a full-time student  following the standard course pattern, this will occur in the second year of full-time study.

Planning is subject to agency availability/placement opportunities. Placements outside the official session dates are subject to Head of School approval.

Although there are three subjects within the WIL stream of the Bachelor of Arts (HSS100, HSS200, and HSS303), the WIL experience occurs only within HSS200 WIL 2: Engaging with Community and Industry*.

Due to the diversity and flexibility of the Bachelor of Arts curriculum, within HSS200, each student leads the construction of their own WIL experience in a three-way partnership which also includes the HSS200 subject co-ordinator and either a community or an industry partner. Such co-construction of the WIL Experience forms a significant element of the overall learning process for students.

* Note: Students undertaking some specialisations may substitute HSS200 with one of the following subjects which will be more relevant to their studies.
BUS223 Work Placement 1 (6 points)
HSS305 International Exchange
JST321 Justice Studies Workplace Learning
WEL232 Workplace Learning in Human Services

Once students are enrolled in HSS200 WIL 2: Engaging with Community and Industry, they will be required to submit a current Resume to InPlace.

Please be aware that depending upon the community or industry partner with whom each student will complete their WIL experience, other documentation may be required. Examples include:

  • A current National Police Check
  • Evidence of COVID vaccination

Additional documents may be required for a WIL experience in specific areas of community or industry:

  • Working with Children Check (NSW) or equivalent for your state
  • NSW Health Compliance Package (to be eligible for health facilities), for example, hospitals, community health or aged care

Start your NSW Health Compliance activity early, as it can take up to 6 months to finalise. Students in VIC, TAS, WA, QLD, and SA will also need to provide additional documents.

Broadly, the role of the WIL experience within the Bachelor of Arts (with specialisations) is to support students in connecting:

  • the knowledge and skills developed within their academic specialisation and/or minor, to
  • the professional application of such knowledge and skills in a community or industry context.

A student may already have substantial (3 years or more) experience in a professional role in an area related to their BA studies and wish to seek recognition of this prior experience as a substitute for the 10-15 days of WIL experience within HSS200. If such substitution is approved, the student will be able to complete the HSS200 assessment using the approved substantial prior community or industry professional experience as a base.

For further information regarding professional recognition contact your Subject Coordinator.

Need help or assistance?

Please direct your placement queries to the following contacts:

Course and other subjects:

Charles Sturt Student Portal for subject and academic staff contact details.

Phone 02 6933 2784