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Social Work, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) , | Online
The Bachelor of Social Work at University of New England aims to prepare graduates for employment as professional social workers in a variety of fields including designated social work positions with government and non-government agencies, local and community services, general positions that aim to redress issues of social inequality and disadvantage, as well as research positions.


The Bachelor of Social Work at University of New England provides graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional social worker and eligibility to become a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

 Social workers typically work with disadvantaged and marginalised individuals, groups, and communities within a social justice framework in counselling, advocacy, and the enhancement of quality of life. Social workers work toward addressing barriers, inequality and injustices faced by many groups and sub-groups in our community. Social work education is grounded within a framework that examines the nexus of human behaviour and complex social interactions. 

While covering all the core requirements of a professional social work degree, the Bachelor of Social Work at UNE provides students with a rural focussed program, with additional foci on Indigenous peoples, child protection and law. This four year program draws together the fields of psychology, sociology, counselling, Indigenous studies and law with social work theory and practice. 

Career Opportunities

Social work is an occupation that the Australian government predicts will continue to experience very strong growth. It has many fields of practice, providing a diverse and rewarding career path with multiple opportunities to make a real difference in people's lives. UNE's BSW offers graduates career opportunities found in: hospitals; government agencies (such as justice, housing and youth and child protection services); community-based family support and welfare agencies; women's refuges and community legal centres; city councils; mental health, disability and aged care facilities, schools and for-profit human services (e.g. private practice counselling, employment services), to name just a few. Australian social work qualifications are portable and Australian graduates are highly regarded internationally.


This course is accreditated with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 120 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Up to 10 years Part-time
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Learning in Social Movements
  • Professional Communication Practice
  • Foundations for Mental Health Practice
  • Evidence in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Social Work Through the LifeSpan
  • Disadvantage and Service Provision
  • Social Work Direct Practice Skills
  • Law for Social Work
  • Rural Social Work
  • Juvenile Justice and Child Protection
  • BSW Fieldwork
  • Groups and Communities
  • Social Work Intervention Models and Skills
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Working with Aboriginal People
  • Beyond Lies and Spin: Why Politics Matters
  • Introduction to Philosophy A: The Examined Life

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

CRICOS Code 064581M

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 5 Diploma or an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma qualification from: a Vocational Education Training (VET) Community Services Package; or from a Vocational Education Training (VET) Health Training Package in one of the following areas: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care; Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice; Nursing. 
  • (b) be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
  • All students must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.
  • Recommended studies: any two units of English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26250 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26250 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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