Study Social Work with ACAP

Social Work

Social work is a professional, practical and academic discipline underpinned by principles of human rights, collective responsibility and social justice. Social workers assess the needs of individuals, families and groups, assisting and empowering them to develop and use the skills needed to resolve social and other problems, and to foster human wellbeing. ACAP’s approach combines theory and practice in an interactive learning environment which includes small classes involving group discussions, activities and role plays.

ACAP is the first private higher education provider (HEP) to offer social work courses, and our Bachelor of Social Work, embedded Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Master of Social Work (Qualifying) are Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualifications. These courses are an entry qualification into the social work profession and have been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Why Choose ACAP?

Established over 30 years ago, the Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) is a leader in applied psychology education. ACAP offers specialist courses in counselling, psychology, coaching and case management and has over 5,500 students studying on-campus and online.

We are a registered higher education provider (HEP) and a nationally registered training organisation (RTO). Our Psychology degrees have conditional accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and our higher education counselling degrees are accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Find out more.

A Career in Social Work

Social Work as a profession is located in the Health and Community Services Industry which has experienced unprecedented growth over the five year period to November 2011 (55.5%). Social work jobs are expected to keep growing strongly at 3.8% in 2014-2015 (ABS Labour Force Survey, 2011).

Social Work graduates work across a range of fields and industries and in a variety of roles, such as:

  • Child Protection
  • Aged Care 
  • Mental Health  
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Family Support
  • Child and Family Counselling
  • Family Dispute Resolution
  • Social Work in Schools
  • Fostering and Adoption
  • Domestic Violence
  • Hospital Social Work
  • Case Work/Case Management
  • Community Services
  • Human Services

Social Work Courses

ACAP is the first private higher education provider (HEP) to offer social work courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, including:

The Professional Supervision Unit

'Professional Supervision' is a standalone unit which forms part of ACAP’s Master of Social Work, but can also be taken as a single unit.

It can be used towards professional development, providing health and welfare practitioners with an opportunity to update their supervisory knowledge and skills and learn what is new in the area of professional supervision.

Download the Professional Supervision flyer

Accreditation applicable to Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) and Master of Social Work (Qualifying) only.