Bachelor of Social Work
Get professionally accredited and become a social worker
Study sociology and welfare theory, develop counselling and case management skills, and get to know Indigenous world-views. When you graduate, you’ll be equipped to help individuals and families with housing, rehabilitation, and disability services.
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Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Apply social work values, knowledge and skills in practice and research processes to address client needs, organisational goals and social policy change. Honours pathway: Be able to create research outputs that demonstrate research design skills, critical thinking, initiative and judgement in developing new understanding.
- Ensure that clients’ needs are addressed holistically and creatively, drawing on relevant theory, research and practice wisdom.
- Promote and implement policies and practices to achieve a fair, equitable and efficient allocation of social resources, and identify inappropriate or inequitable policy goals and outcomes.
- Ensure that client needs, organisational goals and community expectations of social work services are met in the most appropriate manner, using social work knowledge, skills and resources.
- Demonstrate a commitment to continually increase professional knowledge and skills and to continuing education and lifelong learning.
- Effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders , including clients, colleagues and managers including within a multi-disciplinary team environment
- Apply knowledge of organisational and societal systems and processes to identify inequality and ensure appropriate action is taken so that social barriers, inequality and injustice are reduced.
Graduates of this course will be prepared as social workers in government and non-government positions in fields such as health, child protection, disability services, housing services, youth work, aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, community engagement, mental health services, and domestic violence services.
This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards. As a new course in 2021, it has provisional accreditation and will be rolled out incrementally with the 4th year units becoming available in 2024.
Southern Cross University offers a number of Pathway Programs which would allow you to gain direct entry to this degree.
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ATAR: 60 or Equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows:
- Reading: 7.0
- Writing: 7.0
- Listening: 7.0
- Speaking: 7.0
Students complete 1,000 hours of supervised placement in a human service organisation as part of your course. Please note, students must obtain a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check.
Applicants or students that can provide supporting documents to verify they already know, understand and can perform the learning outcomes for one or more units within a Southern Cross course, are eligible to have their prior learning assessed for credit by submitting an application for Advanced Standing.
More information can found in https://www.scu.edu.au/current-students/student-administration/recognition-of-prior-learning/.
The Bachelor of Social Work is an entry-level, professionally-accredited qualification to practise as a social worker. The course provides a foundation in sociology, politics, human development and social research, covering essential theories and methods for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.
The course prepares students for practice in the fields of mental health, child protection, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There is an embedded Honours program if you are interested in pursuing research.
This high job growth area offers a variety of careers in client service roles, service management, research, strategy and policy development
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:
- the equivalent of 26 core units (336 credit points), and
- one shared minor (48 credit points), or
- 4 electives (48 credit points)
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:
- 23 core units (288 credit points), and
- the equivalent of 8 honours units (96 credit points)
Students must also maintain a credit average across the degree to be eligible for this award.
Professional Experience Learning / Field Education
This course includes professional experience learning via field education. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience Field Education page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.
Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Human Services Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) comprising a minimum of 12 core units (144 credit points) and 4 minor or elective units (48 credit points).
Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Human Services Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising a minimum of 4 core units (48 credit points) and 4 minor or elective units (48 credit points)