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Social Work, B.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #801 (QS) ,
The Bachelor of Social Work 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 in related fields.


The Bachelor of Social Work 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. The course incorporates 1000 hours of supervised professional fieldwork experience in relevant social work settings. The Bachelor of Social Work is available to students to study either on campus, off campus or mixed mode to suit their own study needs over their candidature.

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
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

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 1
  • Groups and Communities
  • Social Work Intervention Models and Skills
  • BSW Fieldwork 2
  • 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

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

  • completed Australian senior secondary studies;
  • completed overseas secondary qualifications or tertiary qualifications deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications;
  • completed Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualifications;
  • completed an approved admission scheme or pathway;
  • satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement;
  • satisfied any additional requirements and/or selection criteria prescribed for particular courses;
  • obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; 
  • satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    25000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25000 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    12680 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12680 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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