Bachelor of Social Science

Southern Cross University

The Bachelor of Social Science provides students with an understanding of society and its institutions, and the way in which they impact on people and their lives. It actively promotes the values of social justice, human rights, environmental sustainability, and cross-cultural awareness. The degree develops students' capabilities to analyse social arrangements critically, to identify social problems and to envision strategies for change. It also enables students to gain skills in working effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and in many different organisational settings.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Recommended: any 2 units of English; or TAFE and VET awards (Certificate III and above); or Undergraduate and Postgraduate study; or Work Experience (minimum of 1 year full-time equivalent)


24 units. As well as the majors, students can select up to two streams (4 units) including development studies, cultural studies, and welfare studies. Some units in this course are only available to study by distance education. The course includes an optional professional placement unit for on-the-job experience in a wide range of settings, such as government departments and non-government community organisations.

Subjects you can Study:

Politics and government; Sociology; University-wide majors also available

Study Pathways:

This course offers intermediate awards (early exit points) at Diploma and Associate Degree levels. An Honours year is available for eligible graduates. Graduates can undertake the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) to qualify as social workers in Australia.


Graduates may attain membership with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) (dependent upon units selected).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 01241G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Lismore 63 Yes Full time 3 years
Lismore 63 Yes Part time 6 years
Gold Coast 63 Yes Part time 6 years
Gold Coast 63 Yes Full time 3 years
Gold Coast 63 Yes Online 3 years
Lismore 63 Yes Online 3 years
Bold and progressive, Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 50 Generation Y Universities. It is also among the world's Top 150 Young Universities.Our contemporary campuses, with purpose-built world-class facilities, are located on the east coast of Australia: at the Gold Coast in Queensland, and in Lismore and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales - unique regions renowned for their unparalleled natural beauty and ecological diversity, providing living laboratories for learning and creative hubs for artistic endeavour. Branch campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth are operated in collaboration with EduCo on behalf of Southern Cross University. The University also operates The Hotel School Sydney and Melbourne in partnership with Mulpha Australia. Our growing world-class status is further demonstrated by our outstanding research reputation. The Excellence in Research for Australia report has ranked Southern Cross as 'at world standard or above' in 24 diverse research fields of global and national significance. Southern Cross welcomes students from more than 50 countries throughout the world and offers distinctly personalised undergraduate and postgraduate courses online and on campus in a supportive learning environment. Students are well supported by dedicated staff, many of whom are world leaders in their field. Degrees are designed in consultation with industry and delivered across a broad range of disciplines: Arts, Media and Music; Business and Tourism; Education; Engineering; Environmental, Forest and Marine Science; Health and Human Sciences; Indigenous Knowledge; Information Technology; Law; Social Science; and Social Welfare. The University also offers preparatory courses, Diplomas and Associate degrees through SCU College. Times Higher Education University Rankings. par

Provider CRICOS: 01241G

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