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 Social Work consists of studies in social policy and social work, with minor studies in Indigenous studies, psychology and sociology. Graduates will develop skills to promote social change, problem-solve in human relationships, and empower and liberate people to enhance well-being. Two field placements provide a practice context for students to apply their knowledge whilst gaining further experience in working in different and dynamic environments.

Units of study

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

For the award of the Bachelor of Social Work, students complete 192 credit points (cp). In the first year, you will undertake two core sociology units of study (12cp) and six units of study from the Faculty of Arts (36cp). The second year comprises core studies in sociology, research, psychology and Indigenous studies, with three elective units of study to be chosen from the Faculty of Arts. The third and fourth years of the course involve extensive field education placements (60 days in Year 3 and 80 days in year four) and issue based learning (IBL) units of study.

Progression rules

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. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including field education units, before proceeding to the next year.

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. In the first and second years of the course, you are able to choose from a wide variety of electives from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences which provides a strong foundation for subsequent studies in social work and social policy in the third and fourth years.

Course opportunities

Bachelor of Social Work candidates complete 60 days of fieldwork in Year 3 and 80 days in Year 4. 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

The Bachelor of Social Work provides an internationally recognised degree which allows graduates to work in varied contexts such as health services, aged care, women's services, disability services, child and family services, international development, migration and refugee services. Graduates may also be involved in community work, individual and family counselling, group work, policy development, advocacy and research.

Course accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Further study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program with the Faculty of Education and Social Work comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone independent research projects, supervised by experts in the field of study, which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

Honours is available to meritorious candidates in the Bachelor of Social Work. Admission to Honours in Social Work requires a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75 across particular units of study. To be eligible for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) award, students must complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the alternative 24 credit point Honours pathway described in the table of units of study for 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.

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.

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 2014 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 2013 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 2014, 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.