Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Overview

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is embedded in the fourth year of the Bachelor of Social Work and is available for meritorious entry to students enrolled in ACAP's Bachelor of Social Work. Students are invited to apply in the third year of their studies and, if successful, will complete the Honours component in their fourth year.

To be eligible for admission, students must have successfully completed the first three years of ACAP’s Bachelor of Social Work AND attained a Credit average across all 200 and 300 level units AND attained a Distinction in BESC3061 Applied Social Research (Year 2) AND attain a Distinction in SWSP4003 Advanced Social Research (Year 4).

In order to successfully complete the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) students are required to carry out an independent piece of research and write a minor research thesis.

In addition to the wide range of graduate employment opportunities that are available to Bachelor of Social Work graduates, further opportunities for students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) include working in policy and research agencies and government bodies where research is undertaken to inform policy and decision-making. Graduates can also pathway into postgraduate research degrees, such as a PhD or Professional Doctorate.



Degree Name

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Degree Code


Level of Qualification



Four years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fast track option available: This four-year degree can be completed in two years and two trimesters full-time by completing four units each trimester*
Maximum duration: 9 years

Number of Units

27 (192 credit points)
Includes: 1 double research unit and 2 triple field education units

Study Load

2 or 3 units per trimester, full-time
1 or 2 units per trimester, part-time


On-campus in Sydney
Some units available by online or blended delivery

Student Placement

1,000 hours (2x 500 hours)

Award Title

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)



* Subject to course progression and unit availability. Not all units may be available in each trimester.