Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
The attendance pattern for the Bachelor of Arts component of this combined degree is full time or part time according to candidate choice. The attendance pattern for the Bachelor of Social work component undertaken in years four and five of this combined degree is full time only.
Candidates in this combined degree program will be under the general supervision of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences until the end of the semester in which they complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. They will then be under the supervision of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
The Deans of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Social Work shall jointly exercise authority in any matter concerned with the combined course not otherwise dealt with in these resolutions.
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 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. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.
The units of study that may be taken for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Work in the combined program are set out in Tables A and B of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Tables of units of study and the units of study prescribed for the Third and Fourth Years in the Bachelor of Social Work table of units from the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
To qualify for the award of the pass degrees in the combined program, candidates must complete 240 credit points comprising:
48 junior credit points from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Table of units of study, including 12 junior credit points of Sociology units of study;
a minimum of 66 senior credit points from Table A, including a major;
12 senior credit points of Sociology units of study;
12 intermediate credit points of Social Work core units of study from Table B;
6 senior credit points of Indigenous Australian Studies units of study; and
96 credit points of core social work units of study prescribed for the Fourth and Fifth Years in the Bachelor of Social Work table of units.
Completion of a Table A major is a requirement of the Bachelor of Arts component of this combined degree. Units of study counted towards one major may not be counted towards any other major.
The list of Table A majors and requirements for the completion of a major are specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Work may be awarded with honours.
Honours in the Bachelor of Arts is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full-time study after the completion of the pass degree. Part-time study over two years may be permitted if the Faculty is satisfied the candidate cannot undertake honours full-time.
Honours in the Bachelor of Social Work is available to meritorious students to who complete an alternative set of units of study in semester two of fourth year and semester two of fifth year in the combined program.
Candidates who qualify to undertake Honours in the Bachelor of Arts may elect to enrol in the honours program:
by suspending candidature from the Bachelor of Social Work degree for one year, with the permission of the Faculty of Education and Social Work; or
by undertaking the honours course after completion of both degrees in the combined program.
The admission and award requirements for honours in either Arts or Social Work are listed in the course resolutions relating to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work respectively.
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Work are awarded in two grades: Pass or Honours.
Honours in the Bachelor of Arts is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class according to the conditions specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Honours in the Bachelor of Social Work is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class with two divisions, according to the conditions specified in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
Candidates may abandon the combined degree program and elect to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Social Work degree, by written application to the relevant faculty, and complete the requirements in accordance with the Resolutions governing that degree at the time of transfer. Candidature for the abandoned degree in the future would require a new application for admission to candidature for that course.
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2016.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2016 will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2021. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.