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Bachelor of Social Work Overview

The Bachelor of Social Work will suit school leavers, VET students who want to transition into Higher Education, mature students, and career changers who want to enter the human services sector.

Social work's mission and core philosophy is to work within socio-political, cultural and economic systems in order to influence policy and social change, as well as to advocate for and with individuals, families and communities for their rights as citizens. ACAP's social work courses provide students with foundational knowledge in the social sciences, including contemporary society, psychology of health and wellness, developmental psychology, public policy, and civil society. Social theory and skills in working with individuals, families and communities as advocates for social change form the basis of the course. In addition, students will explore the ongoing impact of gender, sexual orientation, ability, race/ ethnicity and culture on psycho-socio-political, cultural and economic relations and their influence on social issues and problems.

Graduate employment opportunities exist in a variety of health and welfare fields, as carers, case managers and general human services workers in small community-based programs and services, as well as some Government departments and large and small NGOs. Graduates can also work in local, state, territory, federal and non-government welfare agencies and organisations, charitable and faith-based organisations, small community-based services, schools, electoral offices, advocacy groups, international aid organisations, and for-profit providers.

Upon successful completion, graduates can also pathway into postgraduate coursework Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas or Master Degrees, including ACAP’s Master of Social Work.


Degree Name

Bachelor of Social Work

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

28 (192 credit points)
Includes: 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



^ The Associate Degree of Human Services, a nested early exit option, can be completed in one year and one trimester full-time by completing four units each trimester.* 

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