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Bachelor of Social Work

  • Bachelor

The Bachelor of Social Work is an entry-level, professionally-accredited qualification to practise as a social worker. The course prepares students for practice in the fields of mental health, child protection, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Course Code
3007316, 102204F
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Fees
$26,800 per year / $107,200 total
ATAR
60

About this course

The Bachelor of Social Work is an entry-level, professionally-accredited qualification to practise as a social worker. The course provides a foundation in sociology, politics, human development and social research, covering essential theories and methods for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.

The course prepares students for practice in the fields of mental health, child protection, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There is an embedded Honours program if you are interested in pursuing research.

This high job growth area offers a variety of careers in client service roles, service management, research, strategy and policy development.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Online

What you will learn

Core units cover sociology, Indigenous world-views, counselling theory and practice, community development introductory, case management and care planning, social research, trauma informed practice, mental health, issues of protection and legal contexts, combined with a significant work placement component.

Students may investigate an area of interest through a choice of four elective units as part of their studies.

Career pathways

Graduates of this course will be prepared as social workers in government and non-government positions in fields such as health, child protection, disability services, housing services, youth work, aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, community engagement, mental health services, and domestic violence services.

Course structure

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • the equivalent of 26 core units (336 credit points), and
  • one shared minor (48 credit points), or
  • 4 electives (48 credit points)

Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • 23 core units (288 credit points), and
  • the equivalent of 8 honours units (96 credit points)

Students must also maintain a credit average across the degree to be eligible for this award.

Exit awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Human Services Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) comprising a minimum of 12 core units (144 credit points) and 4 minor or elective units (48 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Human Services Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising a minimum of 4 core units (48 credit points) and 4 minor or elective units (48 credit points).