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Social Work, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #710 (BCR) Dubbo, Australia | Port Macquarie, Australia | Wagga, Australia| Online
Be a force for social change in your community. The Bachelor of Social Work from Charles Sturt University gives you the skills you need to help people from all walks of life understand and improve their personal and social wellbeing. As a qualified social worker, you will make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, groups and communities.
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Social workers are passionate people, dedicated to pursuing social justice and human rights. If this sounds like you, Charles Sturt University's undergraduate social work course will provide the educational foundation you need to make a valuable contribution in rural areas, metropolitan settings or overseas communities.

Course highlights

The Bachelor of Social Work at Charles Sturt University is a highly regarded and practical course that enables you to enter a profession of critical importance in guiding and supporting individuals, families and whole sectors of our varied communities.

  • Make a difference

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work are valued members of both their profession and the communities in which they work, engaging with people to address life’s challenges and enhance wellbeing through a commitment to social justice and human rights.

  • Outstanding reputation

    Charles Sturt University is a leading provider of social work education in Australia. While Charles Sturt University social work graduates can travel the world and work anywhere, they are often found at the heart of social welfare agencies and communities in rural and regional areas. Our academic staff are highly regarded in social work education, drawing on their extensive industry experience to support your learning. Your studies will also incorporate academic research that‘s impacting on contemporary policy and social work practice.

  • Practical learning

    Develop strong practical skills and hands-on learning through 1000 hours of supported workplace learning, which offers unique opportunities to observe, question and model social work behaviour. This course includes subject areas such as child protection, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, ethics, human rights, law, mental health, psychology, social policy, sociology and in-depth study of the methods and theories of social work.

  • Entry and credit pathways

    Students with relevant diploma qualifications may earn credit into our online and on-campus programs. The Bachelor of Social Work can also be completed on campus as part of an integrated program with TAFE NSW at Dubbo and Port Macquarie.

Career opportunities

  • Our Bachelor of Social Work will equip you to work with a diverse range of individuals, groups and communities in a variety of settings to make a difference to their quality of life.

    • Break down barriers, shape policy and conduct research

      Improve the livelihoods of individuals and groups, including children, older people, Indigenous people, migrants or refugees, or those affected by domestic violence, drug abuse or mental illness. You can do this through direct practice, policy formation, social action and program planning.

    • Make a difference in the public or private sector

      Advocate for the community through legal aid programs, health and community services, housing and corrections, or provide individual and group counselling, case management and disability advocacy.

    • Establish your own practice

      A growing number of social work graduates offer clinical services, education and consultation on a fee-for-service basis.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    272 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Indigenous Cultures Histories and Contemporary Realities
  • Young People and Crime
  • Law for the Human Services 
  • Human Services Organisations
  • Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services
  • Social Inequality
  • Community Analysis

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.

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General Requirements

CRICOS CODE: 025159D (Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga)

  • TAFE Student Authority form
To apply for Bachelor of Social Work (Integrated Pathway) you'll need to complete the TAFE Student Authority form and submit this along with your application.
  • How to apply
All applicants must apply to Charles Sturt University through UAC or direct to Charles Sturt University online. Applicants for the integrated pathway must also apply online to an affiliated TAFE NSW campus for a course that will lead to completion of a Diploma of Community Services (see Credit and Pathways section).
  • Supporting documents
A range of supporting documentation must be provided with your application for admission based on the entry pathways.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25920 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25920 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6656 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6656 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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