Social work courses

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Introduction to Social work

What drives you? If it’s a passion to level the playing field, you’re in the right place.

Social workers serve the marginalised and oppressed, applying skills and knowledge in advocacy, counselling, social policy, law and social justice. 

Become a social worker by taking social work courses online—choose from multiple options, including bachelor degrees, master degrees and short courses by leading Australian universities, through Open Universities Australia.

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Online social work subjects and short courses

University of New England

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Starts 24 Jun 2024, 21 Oct 2024

Next enrolment closes 16 Jun

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Online social work degrees

Charles Sturt University


Bachelor of Social Work

Help people from all walks of life

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

Southern Cross University


Bachelor of Social Work

Get professionally accredited and become a social worker

Online & on-campus

4 years full time or part time equivalent

University of Southern Queensland


Bachelor of Social Work

100% online

4 years full time or part time equivalent

Griffith University


Master of Social Work

Create the foundation for your social work career

Online & on-campus

Approx. 2.5 years full time or part time equivalent

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Discover 24 ways to study social work with leading Australian universities.

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Social work highlights

  • Develop your communication skills.
  • Work to improve the lives of people in your community.
  • Engage with behavioural science.

Social work specialisations

  • Dispute resolution and mediation.
  • Analyse policies and services.
  • Build your project management skills.

Student stories and study advice

5 inspiring reasons to pursue a community services career

You could support people living with disability, advocate for those suffering a health crisis, or assist those experiencing family violence. Find out why a career in community services can be rewarding and varied. 

5 rewarding jobs in disability services (that aren’t support work)

If you’re drawn to a career that sees you making a difference in people’s lives every day, disability services could be your perfect fit, even if support work isn’t your goal. 

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What is a Bachelor of Social Work?

A Bachelor of Social Work is your must-have qualification to become a social worker. With it, you’ll help individuals, groups and communities heal, exercise their rights and determine their own lives.

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