A Bachelor of Social Work from JCU provides you with the practical skills and experience to begin a rewarding career, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, International and tropical communities.
Learn how to promote positive relationships and champion a just and equitable society. You will study core subjects including social welfare with families and children, cross-cultural practice, eco-social justice, psychology and mental health. Benefit from passionate educators, state-of-the-art social research technology and real-world case studies with an emphasis on sustainability and advocacy.
Apply your theoretical knowledge to extensive field placements in your third and fourth years. Learn from leading social workers and build effective relationships with diverse cultures, including rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You could also participate in field trips to India and Thailand.
JCU Social Work graduates are confident, high-achieving professionals with the skillset to succeed in a rewarding global workforce.
Graduates of this course are eligible for full membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
About JCU's Bachelors Degree in Social Work
Learn to be equipped to become a force of change in society and the lives of individuals. Understand how to balance the structures of inequality built into modern societies through your Bachelor of Social Work studies with JCU.
Study Social Work and Prepare to Make a Difference
Partner with JCU to gain the training you need to use your passion for justice. Learn how to promote effective relationships among people from diverse backgrounds. Develop the skills and knowledge to work with individuals, groups, families and whole communities as you study social work at JCU.
Attain a world-class education at JCU and receive hands-on experience in an international context. Work with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds and build the skills necessary to bring people together, while finding equitable solutions to society's most pressing problems.
Broaden Your Perspective
You will work in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to learn about the present while understanding the significance of our past. Gain a unique perspective on how social, historical and political issues have impacted our societies, cultures and the environment.
Your social work degree in Queensland is nationally accredited and allows you to take part in research that matters, promoting the welfare of families and rural communities. Advocate for the welfare of individuals, groups, families and whole communities through your studies at JCU.
Experience Life First-Hand with JCU's Social Work Degree in Queensland
Gain first-hand experience working within cross-cultural situations. Work with issues of mental health and social welfare in the context of families with children. Develop critical insight through over 1,000 hours of hands-on, practical experience and learn how to address inequality head-on with viable solutions.
Work closely with marginalised people under the guidance of experienced lecturers committed to student success. Build active listening skills throughout your social work bachelor’s degree and learn how to develop strategies to address your client’s needs. Learn first-hand how social support programs succeed or fail.
Communicate Effective Change
Be equipped to promote meaningful change with your degree in social work - your ideas can make a difference. Through your studies at JCU, you will learn to consolidate information and present it in to your colleagues in creative and motivational ways.
The experience you gain through your studies will also give you the skill to empower others. You will become an agent of change, helping others take control of their lives and advocate to end social injustice and inequality in various cultural settings.
Learn Innovative Solutions During Your Bachelor of Social Work
Develop sound judgment and effective listening skills to assess client needs and respond appropriately. Build your abilities in decision-making and promoting constructive solutions to problems in a way that benefits everyone involved.
Make a genuine difference in the lives of others where it is needed most with your social work degree from JCU. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to solve problems effectively while learning will increase your employability. Whether you want to work in aged care, with children, or with people experiencing homelessness, drug addiction, or domestic violence, you will be prepared for a successful and meaningful future.
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View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.
The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees.
JCU Social Work graduates are equipped to advocate for social justice and change in a broad range of environments.
Graduates pursue careers in Australia and overseas in aged care, public housing, child welfare, Government agencies, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, Indigenous health, not-for-profit groups, education, private and public hospitals, and more.
You could find employment as a child protection officer, mental health counsellor, health policy officer, health services manager, social worker, youth work, or school counsellor.
Social workers can be involved in supporting individuals, groups and communities to respond and adapt to a changing climate.
PL1001:03 The Political World: An Introduction to Political Science
WS1005:03 Human Rights and Social Issues
WS1006:03 Self in Professional Helping
PY1101:03 Exploring Psychology: from Brain to Practice or PY1102:03 Exploring Psychology: from Perception to Reality or PY1105:03 Psychology for Social Welfare Practice (Distance Education and Cairns students)
SY2005:03 Qualitative Research
WS2121:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Skills and Frameworks for Practice
WS2510:03 Interpersonal Practice
WS2511:03 Professional Values and Ethics
WS2512:03 Organisational Practice
WS2513:03 Community Work
WS3025:03 Group Work
WS3027:03 Social Welfare Work with Children and Families
WS3214:03 Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice
WS3503:09 Field Education 1
WS3515:03 Social Work and Welfare Practice
WS4005:03 Social Inquiry Analysis
WS4504:09 Field Education 2
WS4514:03 Theories for Social Work Practice
WS4503:03 Social Work and Mental Health
WS4511:03 Professional Development for Social Work Practice
Select 3 credit points of any IA subjects
Select 3 credit points of specified WC, SY or CY subjects from List 1
Select 3 credit points of any level 2 or 3 undergraduate subjects or WS3513:03 Research Proposal Seminar, if wishing to enter the honours program
Select 9 credit points of any undergraduate subjects
CY2001:03 Perspectives on Criminology
CY2002:03 Youth Deviance
SY2022:03 Family, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Society
SY2100:03 Migration, Ethnicity and Belonging
SY2101:03 Sociology of Digital Life
WC2001:03 Australian Women’s Studies
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Internal or mixed-attendance mode
Internal or mixed-attendance mode
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Further information about placements can be found at: Coursework Enrolment Procedure.
Students may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.
Special assessment requirements
Professional accreditation requirements
Graduates are eligible for full membership of AASW. Student preliminary membership is available.
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
63 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 21 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
Diploma: Maximum 24 credit points (unspecified credit) at various year levels
Advanced Diploma: Maximum 27 credit points.
24 credit points (unspecified credit – at various year levels) PLUS 3 credit points (specified - WS1006:03 Self in Professional Helping)
BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.
Students who successfully complete the entry requirements for the embedded honours program will be eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [Embedded] after three years; or after successfully completing the BSW, students who successfully complete the entry requirements for the end-on honours program will be eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) [End-on].
Available as an additional 24 credit points of study [end-on] or as a 24 credit point [embedded] honours program.
By invitation of the College Dean
Normally 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 (including WS3513 Research Proposal Seminar) is required in the bachelor degree.
An ATAR is the score required for entry into most undergraduate courses. If you are not a Year 12 school leaver or do not have an ATAR, you can be assigned an equivalent score. Scores are calculated from previous study that you might have completed, either secondary, tertiary or vocational, or previous paid employment experience.
JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university.
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ATAR score is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.
Bachelor of Social Work
With JCU Social Work, I had the opportunity to travel to Kerala, India, for a student exchange program in 2018. It was a life-changing experience, which created new world views and opinions about working with communities, families and individuals. I made lifelong friends who I still keep in contact with today.
Bachelor of Social Work
I work at ACT for Kids as a social worker and therapist. I come from an Aboriginal family – I’m the first person in my family to go to university. Studying Social Work was great because it gave me the opportunity to work with other Indigenous families. This career is so rewarding and interesting. You won’t regret it.
Dr Vinnitta Mosby
College of Arts, Society and Education
One of the unique features of JCU Social Work is the incorporation of a lot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content into our degree. Our students will have clients and colleagues who are Indigenous, so it’s very important that they work in an effective, appropriate and respectful manner with communities.
North Queensland President, Australian Association of Social Workers
Employing and working alongside JCU Social Work graduates has been a seamless process of securing well trained and supported graduates. The standout attributes we have observed with graduates in our workplace is the level of preparedness and readiness to provide productive clinical services on start of employment.