Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [End-on]

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [End-on]

Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates are eligible for full membership of AASW. Student preliminary membership is available.


Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a discipline cognate to the proposed area of research, within the previous five years; and

achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across their bachelor degree, with credits or better in discipline-specific areas.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Application for entry to the program is by approval of the College Dean.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.

Students for honours who have graduated with a pass degree from this or another university or who graduated more than five years ago may be required to complete such coursework or assessment as the College Dean recommends.

Special admission requirements

Students must be eligible for full membership of AASW.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a coherent and advanced body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying values, ethics, theories, professional practice and workplace contexts in the social work discipline

  • Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods in the social work discipline

  • Analyse critically and transform complex social systems, institutions, structures, processes, practices and inequities

  • Consolidate, synthesise, evaluate and transform social policy and evidence to devise practical and knowledge solutions that reduce social barriers, inequalities and injustice

  • Communicate social work research, knowledge processes, practice and ethics clearly and coherently through advanced literacy and, where appropriate, numeracy and/or technological skills to a range of audiences

  • Design, plan and execute a research project with some independence

  • Demonstrate initiative and well-developed judgement and adaptability in engagement, planning, decision-making, problem-solving, and provision and evaluation of specialist advice and functions, to achieve practice, organisational and/or policy outcomes

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional development.

Course Structure


WS4010:06 Honours Reading and Research Design Part 1 of 2

WS4011:06 Honours Reading and Research Design Part 2 of 2

WS4016:06 Honours Thesis Part 1 of 2

WS4017:06 Honours Thesis Part 2 of 2









Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements

Students must be eligible for full membership of AASW.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not eligible

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable