The Bachelor of Social Work is for students who want to make a real difference in the lives of others. It is a four-year undergraduate degree that provides an entry-level qualification into the social work profession. This course will suit recent high school graduates, mature aged students, and those looking to enter the human services sector.
Progression options are flexible, with a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) available for meritorious students, who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work, in the fourth year of their studies.Those who successfully complete their fourth year without the Honours stream will graduate with the Bachelor of Social Work, and those who are accepted into the final year honours program will graduate with the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours). 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, those who initially enrol in the Bachelor of Social Work and wish to exit early can do so at the completion of the second year, graduating with an Associate Degree of Human Services.
ACAP's Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) are Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) provisionally accredited qualifications. They are entry qualifications into the social work profession and have been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).
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 Diploma of Counselling CHC51015 or Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) CHC52015 or Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413. You will receive credit on successful completion of the Diploma to enter an ACAP Bachelor course.
Progression into the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 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 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).
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).
ACAP's Bachelor of Social Work is available on-campus in Sydney.
4 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Trimester 3: Monday 18 September 2017
Trimester 1: Monday 13 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 29 May 2018
The Bachelor of Social Work provides an entry-level qualification into the social work profession. Opportunities for graduates are diverse and range across a variety of health and welfare fields including human services, small community-based programs and services, selected Government departments, non-Governmental organisations, health and mental health, community practice, women and migrant services, child and family services, and corrections and justice.
On-campus in Sydney
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.
Some units are available online or by blended delivery. Refer to our course sequence for more information.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course.
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For more information on course sequencing and structure, see our course guide.
This course includes two field education placements totalling 1,000 hours. Field education placements are unpaid work placements in organisations related to your study, split into Field Education 1 and Field Education 2. Each 500-hour placement includes 12 hours of practice-theory integration seminars.
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is available for meritorious students in the fourth year of their studies. Students who initially enrol in the Bachelor of Social Work and wish to exit early can do so at the completion of the first two years, graduating with an Associate Degree of Human Services.
Opportunities for Social Work graduates are diverse and range across a variety of health and welfare fields including human services, small community-based programs and services, selected Government departments, non-Governmental organisations, health and mental health, community practice, women and migrant services, child and family services, and corrections and justice.
Bachelor of Social Work graduates can also pathway into postgraduate coursework Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas or Master Degrees, including ACAP’s Master of Social Work. Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) graduates can pathway into postgraduate research degrees, such as a PhD or Professional Doctorate.
Did you know?
- Employment for Social Workers to November 2018 is expected to grow very strongly.
- Social Workers are mainly employed in Health Care and Social Assistance, Public Administration and Safety and Education and Training.