Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

RMIT University

This course prepares students for effective professional practice in social work and related practice areas leading to employment in human service work, health, government and community-based agencies. Students learn to apply interdisciplinary knowledge about Australian society, social problems and human needs to work towards a socially just society. Field education forms a large component of the social work degree, allowing students to develop practical experience, networks, and career opportunities and achieve employment outcomes. Students undertake 140 days of work placements within human service and community service organisations. There is opportunity for these to be based interstate or overseas. In the final year, students undertake a research project in their chosen area of social work practice. Students complete the four-year course with a professional qualification in social work and an Honours degree.

Course Fee:

International: $107,520

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


Many courses, particularly in the first year, are taken in common with students from psychology, international studies, youth work and legal studies. This program includes the follow areas of study: Social sciences - including sociology, politics, social theory, social policy and psychology; Theory and practice - a sequence of courses that span the 4 years and that share an explicit set of values and theoretical approaches related to social justice; Field education - professional placements that develop your practical experience, networks and, career opportunities and employment outcomes; Specialisation - pursue your chosen opportunities to pursue areas of interest in greater depth; Policy and research - courses in research, program evaluation and policy development.

Subjects you can Study:

Community work, Cross-cultural studies, Human rights and advocacy, Indigenous studies, International studies, Organisational studies, Politics, Professional practice, Psychology, Research methods, Social policy, Social sciences, Social theory, Social work, Society.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include social worker, counsellor advocate, case manager, child protection officer, human resource manager, social policy officer, policy adviser, community worker, community development manager, mediator.


This program is an Australian Association of Social Workers 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). Graduates are eligible for membership of this professional association.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00122A

Related Careers:

Social Worker, Welfare Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 76.25 No Full time 4 years
City 76.25 No Part time
Founded in 1887, RMIT became a university in 1992. It offers both higher education and vocational education courses with over 82,000 students including 31,160 international students, of whom 18,860 are taught outside Australia (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam).

Over 900 courses exist to graduate at all levels, including certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. RMIT University is a global university of technology and design offering areas of study including: aerospace and aviation; architecture, building and planning; art and design; business; communication; community and welfare; computing and information systems; education and training; engineering and related technologies; environment; health sciences; humanities, social sciences and legal; manufacturing and processing; and science and mathematics.

RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, Australia, with smaller sites at Hamilton and Point Cook. Main campus in Melbourne's CBD is spread over a number of Melbourne city blocks. There are art galleries, cinemas, bookshops and cafes on campus. The Brunswick campus is six kilometres from the city and offers state-of-the-art specialist graphic technology, fashion and textile facilities - with access to the on-campus International Fibre Centre. The Bundoora campus is set in extensive parklands and offers courses in life sciences, education and manufacturing/mechanical engineering.

RMIT also two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, Spain. They also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Spain and Germany, and enjoy research and industry partnerships on every continent.

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Provider CRICOS: 00122A

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