Bachelor of Social Work

Victoria University VU

Social Work is a key profession in the promotion of social justice and social welfare in Australian society, and internationally. Social workers are involved with people at individual, family, and community levels to bring about change. Social workers require strong analytical skills and a high level of knowledge in order to understand and address the causes and dynamics of social disadvantage. At the same time, they require a large repertoire of skills for working with individuals, groups and communities to assist them in gaining greater control over resources and decision-making. The degree course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for contemporary social work practice. Upon completion of the course, students will have a strong grounding in the following areas: interpersonal and groupwork, community development, policy analysis, social research and social action. Industry-based education is an integral part of the teaching program and over the duration of the course, students will normally complete two field education placements in different human services agency settings. The Bachelor of Social Work course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Course Fee:

International: $83,200

Entry Requirements:

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. International: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). TAFE/VET: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). Mature Age: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.


384 credit points; 8 First Year Core units; 15 Core studies, 2 Field Education units (inclusive of 1000 hours of placement), 3 Advanced Professional units.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Bachelor of Social Work students may apply for credit transfer for previous studies. Students who believe they may be eligible for credit transfer, will need to consult with the course coordinator and unit coordinators for the relevant units. In accordance with Victoria University policy, students must complete a minimum of eight units of study in addition to Field Education placements.


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will also be eligible for membership with the AASW.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00124K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Footscray Nicholson No info Yes Full time 4 years
Footscray Nicholson No info Yes Part time 8 years

At VU, we have more than 42,000 students enrolled across a wide range of disciplines and course levels including diploma, bachelor, masters and PhD programs.


We are one of the most culturally diverse institutions in Victoria, with representation from over 100 nationalities and over 600 languages spoken across the university. We aim to be inclusive.


VU has been instrumental in the education of students in the west of Melbourne. In 2016, we celebrated 100 years since the founding of our predecessor institution, Footscray Technical School, and our 25th anniversary as a university.


We take great pride in our industry and community connections. Some of our partnerships include Western Bulldogs Football Club, Western Health, Malthouse Theatre and City West Water. We believe there is no greater victory than being confident and prepared for your career goals. Our partnerships will help you graduate job-ready.


We take great pride in our assets: a diverse staff and student population, close links with the region, flexibility, and openness to new ideas. In partnership with Maribyrnong City Council, we have a 10-year plan to establish Footscray as a university town to nurture, promote, and integrate the renaissance in art, education, sport and innovation taking place in the region.


Sport is a major focus and great strength for VU. We have the largest population enrolled in sport courses, the greatest number of sport-related industry partners, highest graduate employment outcomes in Australia, and the most graduates working in the sport industry.


VU has more than 55 years’ experience educating international students in Australia and more than 20 years’ experience delivering education in collaboration with partner institutions in Asia.


We work with education partners in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore and Myanmar to deliver courses to more than 9000 students. We also provide hundreds of our students with the opportunity to gain international perspectives through overseas short-term study and internships with partner institutions. 


Notable VU graduates include Quest Serviced Apartments founder and chairman Paul Constantinou; former basketballer Andrew Gaze; former Western Bulldogs chief executive and Olympian Campbell Rose; Collingwood Football Club senior coach Nathan Buckley; Olympian Mike McKay; Victorian MP Kim Wells; golfing legend Peter Thompson; actor Pia Miranda; and Sunway Group founder Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah.


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