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Bachelor of Social Work

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Why study with us?

  • Leading academics

    Our internationally recognised social work program is led by faculty members who are experts in their fields.

  • No. 1 in Australia

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 4th in the world for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018.

Overview

This course prepares you for employment in a diverse and changing field, in which your capacity to transfer knowledge and skills across contexts will be essential.

You can change lives for the better through a broad variety of work with vulnerable children, people with disabilities, refugees, senior citizens, victims of war or crime and families affected by drugs or alcohol.

This internationally recognised four-year program allows you to qualify as a professional social worker while also taking two years of tertiary studies in other areas of interest such as sociology, diversity studies or gender studies.

Combining studies in social policy and social work, you will develop skills to promote social change, problem solve in human relationships, and empower and liberate people to enhance wellbeing. You will gain strong negotiating skills, a nuanced understanding of cultural contexts and sensitivity to various religious beliefs.

In the last two years of the degree you will undertake two fieldwork placements over 140 days, supervised by highly skilled and experienced practitioners. These placements provide the opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain hands-on experience working in different and dynamic environments. 

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What you'll study

Study plan for students enrolling from 2019 onwards:

Year 1

Semester 1 
SCLG1001 Introduction to Sociology – 6cp
SCWK1001 Social Justice Practice - 6cp
12 credit points of 1000-level units of study, chosen from Table A or Table S,

or for non-beginner language students equivalent first year units according to the requirements, as set out in Table A or Table S

Semester 2 
SCLG1002 Introduction to Sociology – 6 cp
SCWK1002 Introduction to Human Services – 6cp                   12 credit points of 1000-level units of study, chosen from Table A or Table S,

or for non-beginner language students equivalent first year units according to the requirements, as set out in Table A or Table S

Year 2

Semester 1 
SCWK2006 Research Skills for Social Change – 6 cp
SCPL2601 Australian Social Policy – 6cp
SCWK2007 Life Course Perspectives on Development – 6cp  6 credit points of 2000-level or 3000-level units of study, chosen from Table A or Table S

Semester 2 
SCWK2008 Social Perspectives on Mental Health - 6cp
SCWK2009 Indigenous Australians and Social Work - 6cp
12 credit points of 2000-level or 3000-level units of study, chosen from Table A or Table S 

Year 3

Semester 1 
SCWK3006 Issue-Based Learning Unit 1 - 8cp
SCWK3007 Issue-Based Learning Unit 2 - 8cp
SCWK3008 Professional Practice - 8cp

Semester 2 
SCWK3005 Field Education 1 - 24cp

For Honours Students only: 
SCWK3009 Social Work Preliminary Honours - 6cp 
SCWK3010 Field Education 1 Honours - 18cp

Year 4

Semester 1 
SCWK4003 Issue-Based Learning Unit 3 - 9cp
SCWK4005 Field Education 2A - 15cp

Semester 2 
SCWK4002 Integrative Studies 402 - 6cp
SCWK4004 Issue-Based Learning Unit 4 - 9cp
SCWK4006 Field Education 2B* - 9cp

*For Honours Students, instead of SCWK4006: 
SCWK4007 Field Education 2B Honours - 3cp 
SCWK4008 Social Work Research Dissertation - 6cp 

Units of Study

Applying for 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 requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study
Credit equivalent to 48 credit points in the Bachelor of Social Work is given for a full year of undergraduate study in any field or for a completed Diploma in Community Services or equivalent. Further credit is assessed individually.

Inherent requirements for programs in social work
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in social work. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

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.

Professional accreditation

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

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.

Future study options

The Master of Social Work has a reputation for producing graduates with a highly developed capacity to analyse social work practice, research skills and theory development. Applicants may choose to undertake the full master's program or – for those with less time available – enrol in either the graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

Career information for UAC

Examples include employment in fields including housing, health, international development, aged care, children and families, programs for people with disabilities, and services for migrant and refugee communities. Examples of employers include local, state and Commonwealth government, community-based organisations, and advocacy and human rights organisations.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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