Human Services

Workplace learning (WPL) or placement, is an important part of your education. It allows you to combine your subject content with practice through various community and human service experiences. You'll experience the frontline tasks of a community service worker and develop practical skills that you'll need in the workplace.

Time commitment

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Human Services are required to complete 400 hours of workplace learning. Placements do not include any previous/current voluntary hours or observational work.

Placement requirements

All placements in the Bachelor of Human Services:

  • are found and approved by Charles Sturt University
  • may be completed part-time or full-time, but must be completed as a continuous block
  • may be possible at your regular place of employment, provided that the setting is educationally viable
  • may extend beyond normal session periods
  • may be in the area of your specialisation (subject to availability).

If you commenced your studies in 2019 then you will need to undertake:

  • HCS303 SW Field Education 1

If you are commencing your studies in 2020 then you will need to undertake:

  • WEL232 Work Place Learning for Human Services 1
  • WEL324 Work Place Learning for Human Services 2

Eligible for credit? If you think you might be eligible to be considered for a credit, either due to previous placements or work experience, you can apply for credit.

You must submit a current resume, a certified copy of a current National Police Check, and a Working with Children's Check. These are available from:

Professional Field Education in your place of employment

Generally, field education must be undertaken in a practice setting and field of practice which is different from your place of employment or regular voluntary work.

Under exceptional circumstances one placement may be undertaken in an agency where employment or voluntary work is being, or has recently been, undertaken. This depends on all other AASW requirements for field education being met.

Subject Handbook

All information about your course and the subjects you require are available in the Charles Sturt University Handbook

Workplace Learning Handbook

For information about what is involved in work place learning refer to the