The four year Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree is an AASW-accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). The Bachelor of Social Work provides education in social work that is informed by a critical understanding of the social science disciplines and orientated to the professional values and practices of the social work profession. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and on achieving the best possible outcomes for the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of the community.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; NSW and ACT Prerequisites: English (Advanced) or English (Standard)(Band 4) or English as a Second Language (Band 4); QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admissions Rules.

Structure:

320 credit points consisting of: 70 cp Foundation Units; 20 cp from University Core Units; 150 cp from Social Work units, including 20 cp units incorporating community engagement; 50 cp from field education; and 30 cp from electives. The program includes a total of 1000 hours of supervised - field education and training over the 2nd, 3rd and 4th years. Students will undertake 50 hours of Community Engagement experience in other units of study.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Honours is available - To be eligible to apply for admission to the Honours program, a student must have completed 160 cp from years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Social Work pass degree, with a grade point average of at least 5.5.

Further information:

ACU Bachelor of Social Work graduates are regarded by employers as ready to begin social work practice in a variety of areas such as community development, group work, family work, case-management, policy analysis and development, research, social action and program planning. Social workers may also work in different areas of practice such as: Family work; youth and child welfare services; Medical and health services; Disability services; Psychiatric and general mental health; Community services; Aged care; Income support; Mediation; Research.

Recognition:

The Bachelor of Social Work degree is an AASW-accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). All graduates of the course are eligible for membership of the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers).

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Social Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra (Signadou) 58.5 No Full time 4 years
Canberra (Signadou) 58.5 No Part time 8 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 4 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Full time 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) 58.5 No Part time 8 years

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*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.


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