Bachelor of Social Work

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
084790C
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Strathfield
Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

2019 Main Round ATAR/OP :
  • Brisbane (17/65)
  • Canberra (58.50)
  • Strathfield (58.50)

This is a four year course with an embedded Honours program.

Description

The four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). ACU’s program is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)-accredited qualification and includes the completion of 1000 hours of supervised field education and training,
The ACU Bachelor of Social Work will produce graduates who:

  • Practice with courage, compassion, creativity and integrity,
  • Have a strong sense of professional identity as Social workers,
  • Are dedicated to social justice and human rights,
  • Have a strong ethical base for practice,
  • Engage proactively with uncertainty to create opportunities for social change

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Attendance)
  • Canberra (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
SWTP108
History, purpose and context of social work
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
SOCS108
Contemporary society and change
SWTP109
Human rights, social justice and social work
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
SWTP215
Ethics and theories for social work
SWTP216
Social work skills in practice with individuals
SWTP217
Social work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Year 2 - Semester 2 SWTP218
Social work with children, youth and families

SWTP236
Social Work and Community Practice + 35 hrs Community Engagement

SWTP238
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Social Work Practice

SWTP237
Mental Health and Social Work
(Pre SWTP217)

Year 3 - Semester 1

SWTP333 (New Unit)
Social Work Field Education 1 30 cp
(Pre All Year 1 units and SWTP215, SWTP216, SWTP217, SWTP218, SWTP238)

SWTP320 Research in Social Work

Year 3 - Semester 2 SWTP319
Group work in social work practice
(Pre: SWTP333)

Elective

UNCC300
Justice and Change in a Global World
(Pre: UNCC100)

SWTP339
Law and Social Work
(Pre: SWTP333)

Year 4 - Semester 1 SWTP415
Social policy and social work
(Pre: SWTP333)
Elective SWTP416
Fields of social work practice
(Pre: SWTP333)
SWTP417
Collaborative and interdisciplinary social work practice in organisations
(Pre: SWTP333)
Year 4 - Semester 2

SWTP444 (New Unit)
Social Work Field Education 2
(Pre All 3rd year units)

Elective

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year (excludes Honours course). Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

ACT

  • Prerequisites: English Major (142+) or English as an Additional Language (142+)

New South Wales

  • Prerequisites: English (Advanced) or English (Standard)(Band 4) or English as a Second Language (Band 4)

Queensland

  • Prerequisites: English (4,SA)

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

OP Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest OP to receive an offer 6 4
Median OP to receive an offer 15 14
Lowest OP to receive an offer 18 16
Rank Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest Rank to receive an offer 91 95
Median Rank to receive an offer 69 71
Lowest Rank to receive an offer 64 67
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 95.80 99.55
Median ATAR to receive an offer 69.35 74.35
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.95 58.95
ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 88.05 95.65
Median ATAR to receive an offer 66.20 72.08
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 48.90 58.90

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
12 15.38%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 31 39.74%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
7 8.97%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 21 26.92%
Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement) <5 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 78 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
11 19.30%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 14 24.56%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 16 28.07%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) <5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 5 8.77%
International students 7 12.28%
All students 57 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
22 13.25%
Vocational education and training (VET) study 33 19.88%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
<5 N/P
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) 91 54.82%
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) 7 4.22%
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) 7 4.22%
International students <5 N/P
All students 166 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Brisbane, Queensland
Apply through QTAC
Canberra, ACT
Apply through UAC
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through UAC

Admission Pathways to this course

Admission Schemes

Adjustment Factors which may improve your Selection Rank

  • Most applicants to undergraduate courses at ACU are eligible for adjustment factors – which can help improve your selection rank when applying for a degree. Your location, school or personal circumstances may make you eligible too. Learn more about the full list of available adjustments.

Work and Life Experience

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation

If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course

  • Complete 2 non-award individual UG units; the results attained for these units can then be converted to a Selection Rank
  • Complete a VET qualification such as an AQF Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma
  • Commence another ACU Bachelor degree with a lower required Selection Rank, successfully complete 2 or more units, then apply for an internal transfer to this course. A new Selection Rank will be calculated from your results in the ACU units.

Career paths

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

Professional experience

Field Education Placement

Field Education Placement is a core element and a major part of a student's development of a professional identity. It provides an opportunity for students to observe, question and model social work behaviour and to translate Social Work Theory into practice, and to apply knowledge drawn from other subjects.

Students complete 35 hours of community engagement project work in the 2nd year of the degree. In the 3rd and 4th years of the degree, students complete 1000 hours of professional experience field placements in social work and/or human service settings, supervised by a social work practitioner.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional 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).

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

There is a range of Masters degree programs in advanced areas of practice in both social work and related disciplines (e.g. management, public health, mental health, therapeutic interventions). Opportunities for higher degree research programs include MPhil and for those with honours, PhD.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). ACU’s program is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)-accredited qualification and includes the completion of 1000 hours of supervised field education and training,
The ACU Bachelor of Social Work will produce graduates who:

  • Practice with courage, compassion, creativity and integrity,
  • Have a strong sense of professional identity as Social workers,
  • Are dedicated to social justice and human rights,
  • Have a strong ethical base for practice,
  • Engage proactively with uncertainty to create opportunities for social change

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022
Canberra
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 07-Feb-2022

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

320

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4
Year 1 - Semester 1 PSYC100
Foundations of psychology
SOCS100
Introduction to sociology
HLSC120
Indigenous health and culture
SWTP108
History, purpose and context of social work
Year 1 - Semester 2 PSYC101
Applications of psychology
SOCS108
Contemporary society and change
SWTP109
Human rights, social justice and social work
UNCC100
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
Year 2 - Semester 1 PSYC200
Lifespan development
(Pre: PSYC100, PSYC101)
SWTP215
Ethics and theories for social work
SWTP216
Social work skills in practice with individuals
SWTP217
Social work with culturally and linguistically diverse communities
Year 2 - Semester 2 SWTP218
Social work with children, youth and families

SWTP236
Social Work and Community Practice + 35 hrs Community Engagement

SWTP238
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Social Work Practice

SWTP237
Mental Health and Social Work
(Pre SWTP217)

Year 3 - Semester 1

SWTP333 (New Unit)
Social Work Field Education 1 30 cp
(Pre All Year 1 units and SWTP215, SWTP216, SWTP217, SWTP218, SWTP238)

SWTP320 Research in Social Work

Year 3 - Semester 2 SWTP319
Group work in social work practice
(Pre: SWTP333)

Elective

UNCC300
Justice and Change in a Global World
(Pre: UNCC100)

SWTP339
Law and Social Work
(Pre: SWTP333)

Year 4 - Semester 1 SWTP415
Social policy and social work
(Pre: SWTP333)
Elective SWTP416
Fields of social work practice
(Pre: SWTP333)
SWTP417
Collaborative and interdisciplinary social work practice in organisations
(Pre: SWTP333)
Year 4 - Semester 2

SWTP444 (New Unit)
Social Work Field Education 2
(Pre All 3rd year units)

Elective

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2953.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $23624.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $94496.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Honours
The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program is embedded into years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Social Work (Pass) program. 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 5.75 on the ACU seven point scale.

Applying for Admission

How to Apply

Information on the application procedure.

International Students Apply Now
International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre:
NSW & ACT
Apply through UAC
Queensland
Apply through QTAC

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

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

Professional experience

Field Education Placement

Field Education Placement is a core element and a major part of a student's development of a professional identity. It provides an opportunity for students to observe, question and model social work behaviour and to translate Social Work Theory into practice, and to apply knowledge drawn from other subjects.

Students complete 35 hours of community engagement project work in the 2nd year of the degree. In the 3rd and 4th years of the degree, students complete 1000 hours of professional experience field placements in social work and/or human service settings, supervised by a social work practitioner.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Professional 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).

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

There is a range of Masters degree programs in advanced areas of practice in both social work and related disciplines (e.g. management, public health, mental health, therapeutic interventions). Opportunities for higher degree research programs include MPhil and for those with honours, PhD.

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