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Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work

Act on empathy. Lead a fulfilling career in social work
Bachelor of Social Work
4 Years Full Time
CRICOS Code: 084932E
Australian Qualification Framework: 7
Available at
Melbourne, Sydney
Study modes
Industry work placement
1,000 hours (two field education placements)
Entry requirements
FEE-HELP Available
Start dates

Be intrigued by the human mind

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You’re passionate, you see the opportunities and you want to make a positive difference in your community. Our Bachelor of Social Work gives you deep insight into why we behave the way we do and strategies to help guide people in need.

Your passion for helping others will pave the way for many rewarding health and welfare career paths, where demand continues to grow.

It is a requirement of this course for students to complete two field education placements totalling 1,000 hours, helping you graduate with applied skills. The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit aasw.asn.au.

This course has been accredited by ACAP under its self-accrediting authority.

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What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Bachelor of Social Work.


  • Psychology of Health and Wellness
  • Development Psychology
  • Social Work Theories
  • Cultural Diversity
  • International Social Work
  • Interpersonal, Family and Structural Violence
  • Mental Health
  • Indigenous Social Work
  • Ageing and Disability Social Work

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Potential Careers

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Social Work, you will open doors to a range of possible career opportunities. Listed below are a few typical jobs you could consider.

  • Hospital Social Work
  • Child Protection and Justice Social Worker (Government)
  • Family and Children Social Worker (Non-Government)
  • Policy, Research and Advocacy Specialist
  • Mental Health and Disability Services Social Worker

Course structure

The Bachelor of Social Work course is comprised of 28 units, which are level 100, 200, 300 and 400 units.

The course duration is 4 years full time or up to 8 years part time. For more information on the recommended course sequence click here.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognise and understand, injustices and inequalities experienced by marginalised groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and work alongside individuals and within communities to effect social change.  
  2. Demonstrate self-awareness, reflexivity, critical thinking, curiosity, and a commitment to continuous learning.   
  3. Apply social work knowledge and skills to implement culturally responsive evidence-informed intervention approaches in collaboration with other professions and services for the benefit of diverse individuals, groups and communities. 
  4. Use anti-oppressive practice and language to challenge structural, cultural, and personal disadvantage.  
  5. Apply and adhere to the principles of ethical practice as defined by the Australian Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Standards.  
  6. Demonstrate knowledge, problem-solving and analytical skills necessary to conduct ethical research that contributes to social work practice. 


Recognition of Prior Learning is available for some units in the Bachelor of Social Work qualification. It is not available for the following units:

  • SWSP4013 Field Education 2

Applicants seeking credit for SWSP2013 Field Education 1 are advised to refer to the Field Education Manual for details on the application process and required supporting documentation. Current students can access the manual via the Student Lounge, new students should email [email protected] to obtain a copy.

Pathways for future study

Eligible graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work course, with a GPA over 6.0 can apply for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

Cliff, Bachelor of Social Work
Classes at ACAP have a personal touch. I am able to express my opinions and grow through my teachers’ life experiences and constructive support. Cliff, Bachelor of Social Work
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As an international student, I was overwhelmed when I first started at ACAP but the support from staff made the academic journey comfortable. The practical learning environment with continuous support has unquestionably made me well equipped to develop my career in social work. Kalpana, Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

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