Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work is a professional qualification that is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). It satisfies all the academic requirements necessary for professional recognition as a social worker. Our program offers you the opportunity to combine this professional qualification with majors offered through the Bachelor of Arts degree. You can undertake studies in areas that complement the Bachelor of Social Work, such as, Sociology and Social Policy, Gender Studies or Philosophy.

Our combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work program teaches relevant skills and knowledge to people who are interested in becoming social, youth, health, welfare or community workers, or working in residential care, administration, research, policy development or counselling.

You will be required to undertake integrated studies in social sciences, social policy and social work theory and practice. This degree has a strong emphasis on Australian and comparative social welfare studies. In years four and five, you will undertake the professional social work program, which includes fieldwork supervised by highly skilled and experienced practitioners in a variety of settings. These placements are an essential part of the course.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Course outline

Course Structure

Study plan


In this five year degree, candidates spend the first three years undertaking a combination of Arts, Social Sciences and Social Work units of study, including a major from Arts and Social Sciences and its prerequisite units, a second major or elective units of study, aswell as core units in Sociology, Aboriginal Studies, Psychology and Social Policy. The fourth and fifth years of the degree are spent studying Social Work full-time. This will comprise units of study in Issue Based Learning, Professional Practice and Integrative Studies plus 60 days of field education in year 4 and 80 days in year 5.

Majors

What is a major?

A major is usually a two-year defined sequence of study, generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. Completion of a major is a requirement of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work. Candidates have the option of completing up to two majors. In most cases a major consists of 36 credit points (cp) in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study (6cp each) from a single subject area of study. Senior units of study can only be used to meet the requirements for one major. Units cannot be 'double counted' or 'counted twice'. For example, FRNC2622 may be counted to either a major in French studies or a major in European studies major, but cannot be counted towards both. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. Most majors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (6cp each).

Core majors

Further course information

Progression rules

A major in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences comprises the satisfactory completion of a minimum 36 credit points (cp) of senior units of study in the chosen subject area including any units of study specified in the table of undergraduate units of study as compulsory for that major. All students complete a major in this course. Students planning to proceed to an honours year in the Arts component of this course should be aware of additional pre-requisites for honours admission, normally a minimum 48cp of senior units of study in the subject area with a Credit average.
Units of study completed at the University of Sydney Summer School which correspond to units of study permitted to count to this degree may be credited towards the course requirements. A standard full-time enrolment is 24cp per semester; less than 18cp per semester is considered to be part-time. A student may not enrol in more than 30cp in any one semester without permission and may not enrol in a unit of study, before meeting any prerequisites and corequisites for that unit of study. Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Course opportunities

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work candidates will complete 60 days of fieldwork in year 4 and 80 days in year 5. Field education is a core component of the University of Sydney Social Work program. The field education learning expectations are developed across the program aiming to develop values, skills and knowledge from a beginner to a practitioner capable of meeting the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Social Work graduates from the University of Sydney have a wide range of career opportunities available to them in such fields as housing, health, social security, aged care, family welfare, programs for people with disabilities and services for migrant communities. Graduates can find employment in a variety of settings in the public, private and community sector, including local, state and federal government departments and agencies, public hospitals, community health and welfare organisations, community-based neighbourhood and resource centres, advocacy and self-help groups, and welfare rights organisations. Opportunities also exist for involvement in research, policy development and welfare administration. Career opportunities for Arts graduates are broad and depend on units studied, to what level, and on other skills and experience.

Course accreditation

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work is a professional qualification that is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Further study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

Honours is available to meritorious candidates in either arts or social work. For the BA honours course, an additional honours year is completed after the third year of study. In social work honours is integrated and is taken in the fourth and fifth years of the degree.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

Further requirements

Please see:
http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts/coursework/combined_degrees/b_arts_b_social_work.shtml

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Further admission requirements

Please visit:
http://sydney.edu.au/future_students/international_undergraduate/admissions/entry_requirements/index.shtml

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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