Bachelor of Social Welfare

Southern Cross University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 01241G

This Bachelor of Social Welfare provides the theoretical and practical foundation for work in the human services industry. During studies, students gain skills in case management, community development, counselling, social research, policy work, advocacy, and grief and loss counselling. A particular emphasis will be placed on social justice and human rights as the basis for social welfare practice.


  • 24 units
  • 288 credit points. Online students are required to attend one three-day residential school to be held at the Gold Coast campus. Students undertake 400 hours of supervised on-the-job training and must undergo a criminal record check prior to work placements.


  • Children and young people
  • Health and disability
  • Indigenous studies

Standard 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)


The course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Graduates are eligible to join ACWA.

Study pathways

The course articulates with a range of VET awards. It can also provide a pathway to the University's Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying).

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Gold Coast International: $75,600 No information available Yes No information available

Further information

Graduates may typically find employment as welfare and community workers in a wide range of jobs in the community services sector. These include government and non-government positions in fields such as child protection, disability services, housing services, youth work, aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, community engagement, mental health services, and domestic violence services.

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