Bachelor of Social Work
Make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, and improve your community.


National CRICOS Course Code
Course length
4 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Tue 5 Feb 2019
Tue 28 May 2019
Tue 17 Sep 2019

Study modes

On-campus in Sydney

About this course

Understand your calling. Lead a successful career in social work.

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. 


This includes mental health, community welfare, women and migrant services, and corrections and justice.

The course includes two field education placements totaling 1,000 hours, helping you graduate with applied skills.


This course is comprised of a number of core and elective units. Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree. 

Electives are a range of units that give you the chance to


 study specific topics you might be interested in. You still need to complete a set number of elective units to graduate. 

This includes 1,000 hours of student placement



Before Applying

Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete.


Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 061 199
Admission Criteria
Meet the following criteria:

If you are aged 21 years or older:

  • Provide a written statement (up to 500 words) outlining your interest in studying social work/human service work.

If you are under 21, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Minimum ATAR of 60 (or equivalent), or
  • Successful completion of a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Associate Degree from a registered Australian vocational education and training provider or higher education provider (or equivalent), or
  • Partial completion of a Bachelor Degree from a registered Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Please note that if you don’t meet the above criteria, you are welcome to apply for the  CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) or CHC50413 

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by ACAP.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit


What you'll learn

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

Explore with an applied focus:

  • 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

See the complete course guide here.

My placement saw me work two days a week at a community-based aged care facility, where they were so impressed, I became their first onsite counsellor when I graduated.



Your Career Pathways


Gain the right experience to work in entry-level social work to start your professional practice. Work across many health and welfare fields including human services, small community-based programs, health and mental health, women and migrant services, child and family services, and corrections and justice.

Further Study Pathways

Progression into the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is available for those who meet the academic requirements in our Bachelor of Social Work. You will be invited to apply in the third year of studies and, if successful will complete the Honours component in your fourth year. To be eligible for admission, you must have successfully completed the first three years of our 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).

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Make a positive difference in your community