Bachelor of Social Work and

Bachelor of Social Work with Honours



Course Code





Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Pass Degree Admission Requirements

Pass Degree Course pre-requisites


Honours Degree Course pre-requisites

Entry to the social work honours program requires the successful completion of 72 credit points at levels 1, 2 and 3 in the pass degree; and

at least a credit grade in four level 2 or level 3 social work subjects; and

at least a distinction grade in at least two level 2 or level 3 social work subjects.

Additional selection requirements

Entry into the honours degree is on invitation by the Head of School

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Students who have successfully completed the honours program shall be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours

Course Structure

Core Subjects

Level 1

PL1001:03   The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science

SY1001:03   Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology
CY1001:03   Deviance, Crime and Society

WS1005:03   Human Rights and Social Issues

WS1006:03   Self in Professional Helping

SS1103:03   An Introduction to Social Sciences Research Practices


PY1101:03   Exploring Psychology 1


PY1102:03   Exploring Psychology 2


PY1105:03   Psychology for Social Welfare Practice (Distance Education)

Level 2

WS2510:03   Interpersonal Practice

WS2511:03   Professional Values and Ethics

WS2512:03   Organisational Practice

WS2513:03   Community Work

WS2121:03   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Framework for Practice

Level 3

WS3025:03   Group Work

WS3214:03   Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice

WS3503:09   Field Education 1

WS3515:03   Social Work and Welfare Practice

Level 4

WS4005:03   Social Inquiry Analysis

WS4504:09    Field Education 2

WS4514:03   Theories for Social Work Practice


PL3002:03   Policy Analysis and Management


IA2016:03   Australian Indigenous Politics



Select 3 credit points of any IA subjects


Select 3 credit points of specified WC, SY or CY subjects

WC2001:03   Australian Women’s Studies

CY2001:03   Perspectives on Criminology

CY2002:03   Youth Deviance

SY2001:03   New Forms of Work, Organisation and Career

SY2010:03   Sociology of Health and Medicine

SY2022:03   Family, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society


Select 3 credit points of any undergraduate subjects or WS3513 if wishing to enter honours


Select 6 credit points of any undergraduate subjects


Standard Program (Pass Degree)

Honours Program (Honours Degree)

WS4503:03   Social Work and Mental Health

WS4511:03   Professional Development for Social Work Practice


UG-L23-6U   Select 6 credit points of undergraduate level 2 or 3 subjects

WS4503:03   Social Work and Mental Health


WS4511:03   Professional Development for Social


WS3513:03   Research Proposal Seminar

WS4508:03   Social Work Honours Thesis Part 1 of 2

WS4509:03   Social Work Honours Thesis Part 2 of 2


Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

10 years

Maximum leave of absence

3 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students .

Candidates may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

63 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 20 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Holders of an Associate Diploma or Diploma in a related field of study (program is accredited by the Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers or recognised by this university) are eligible for a minimum of 24 credit points of advanced standing.

Candidates who have completed two or more years of a three year Social (Community) Welfare degree are eligible for a minimum of 24 credit points, and up to a maximum of 48 credit points of advanced standing.

The Australian Association of Social Workers does not permit advanced standing to be given for field education undertaken in non-social work programs. However students with significant experience in the field may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable