Bachelor of Social Work

Promote the social welfare of individuals, families, groups and communities through empowering them to access to support programs and services. Examine psychology within social welfare practice, the determinants that lead to deviance and crime, and the socio-cultural elements that can influence welfare and social justice. Learn from experts in the field as you complete 1000 hours of placement and professional experience.

#1 in Queensland

for full-time employment 2024 Good Universities Guide, UG Social Work

Experience has no substitute

Gain practical experience through 1,000 hours of placements

5 Stars

for median graduate salary 2024 Good Universities Guide, UG Social Work


Some compulsory on-campus attendance is required for online students.


  • Online: February, July
  • Townsville: February, July
  • Cairns: February, July



+estimated annual Commonwealth Supported Fee for a full-time study load

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible


4 years full-time

Entry Requirements


English (Units 3/4,C)

QTAC Codes

  • 311099
  • 311091
  • 321091

Course detail

Real stories

  • Headshot of JCU Bachelor of Social Work student Brodie Kuhn.


    Brodie Kuhn

    Bachelor of Social Work

    JCU offers a Social Work curriculum that’s up-to-date on national and international social change and development issues. There’s also the opportunity to put theory into practice during field placements.

  • Studied Bachelor of Social Work


    Wesley Bennet

    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.

  • Lecturer of the College of Arts, Society and Education


    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


    Ross Murray

    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.