Bachelor of Social Welfare

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 8:11 PM on Fri, 16 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Online
Start date
March, July
Course code
3007268
Course abbreviation
BSocWelf
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

The desire to help the needy and vulnerable in our society is more than just a job. Our Bachelor of Social Welfare is focused on achieving positive social change and community wellbeing. It is also the pathway to a deeply satisfying career in the human services sector.

We'll help harness your empathy and enhance your communication skills with a view to delivering great outcomes across social welfare practice. You can choose to specialise through a major focusing on children and young people, the health and disability sector, mental health or Indigenous knowledge.

You will gain on-the-job experience through extensive placements, working with individuals and organisations that share your commitment and are working to improve people's lives.

Graduates will emerge with transferrable skills for a variety of career options in human services – from working directly with people in their homes or facilities, to creating policy. You can also continue your studies in a linked Masters program that offers a pathway to professional accreditation as a social worker.

Please note: As of 2021, this course will be renamed the Bachelor of Community Welfare. If you enrol in the Bachelor of Social Welfare in 2020, unless you advise otherwise, you will automatically transition to the Bachelor of Community Welfare course after your first year. The name change signals a move to a broader core curriculum, away from major areas of study. Graduates of the Bachelor of Community Welfare degree will be equipped with knowledge and skills across a range of fields of practice including youth work, mental health, disability and child protection. For more details about these course changes, please contact the future students team.

 

The desire to help the needy and vulnerable in our society is more than just a job. Our Bachelor of Social Welfare is focused on achieving positive social change and community wellbeing. It is also the pathway to a deeply satisfying career in the human services sector.

We'll help harness your empathy and enhance your communication skills with a view to delivering great outcomes across social welfare practice. You can choose to specialise through a major focusing on children and young people, the health and disability sector, mental health or Indigenous knowledge.

You will gain on-the-job experience through extensive placements, working with individuals and organisations that share your commitment and are working to improve people's lives.

Graduates will emerge with transferrable skills for a variety of career options in human services – from working directly with people in their homes or facilities, to creating policy. You can also continue your studies in a linked Masters program that offers a pathway to professional accreditation as a social worker.

Please note: As of 2021, this course will be renamed the Bachelor of Community Welfare. If you enrol in the Bachelor of Social Welfare in 2020, unless you advise otherwise, you will automatically transition to the Bachelor of Community Welfare course after your first year. The name change signals a move to a broader core curriculum, away from major areas of study. Graduates of the Bachelor of Community Welfare degree will be equipped with knowledge and skills across a range of fields of practice including youth work, mental health, disability and child protection. For more details about these course changes, please contact the future students team.

 

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds who have less than 2 years of high school education in Australia or other English speaking country must be able to demonstrate proficiency of English with an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 across each of the bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Credit for prior learning

Candidates who have completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Social Welfare may be granted advanced standing of up to sixteen (16) units in the Bachelor of Social Welfare.

CountryScore
Austria AMC3.4
Bangladesh HSC3.6
Brazil SSLC8.2
Canada High School OSSD50
Chile PSU6.4, overall 600-649
China Gao Kao449
Colombia CB (NAT)81, overall 300-349
Denmark USSLE6.2
France FB11
German Abitur3
Hong Kong HKDSE14
India CBSE (best 4)8.5 external exam
India CISCE71
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)78 in academic
Indonesia SMA8.2
International Baccalaureate24
Japan USSLC4
Korea, Republic of, CSAT298
Malaysia ICSSUEC71
Malaysia STPM5 in best 3 A levels
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate73
Nepal Proficiency Certificate82
Norway GPA1.5
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams77
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams31
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)2.5, pass Math & Eng
Peru OCSE17
Phillipines NSAT89
Russia FCCSE4.3
Saudi Arabia MESSLC83
Singapore SCGCE15.5
Spain SSSD8.2
Spain STBPU7.5
Sri Lanka GCE4.5
Sweden SSLC13
Taiwan GSAT54
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate87
Thailand CSE(Matayom 6) 1.9
Turkey HSD4
UK Board GCE A Levels13 (4 subjects)
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1410, ACT 20
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)7.5 (academic)

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score6.5
Reading6.0
Writing6.0
Listening6.0
Speaking6.0

About the course

Particular emphasis is placed on social justice and human rights as the basis for social welfare practice.

In addition to core units that cover counselling, welfare law, social research and community development, students choose a major area of study from the following options:

  • Working with children and youth 
  • Health and disability
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Mental health
  • No major option - students choose three core units from other majors plus four elective units from any undergraduate degree offered by the University.

Please note that some units in this course are offered exclusively online.

Domestic students

LocationSession
Coffs Harbour1, 2
Gold Coast1, 2
Online1, 2

Online students attend one three-day residential school on campus.

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold Coast1, 2$26,800 ($3,350 per unit)082681B
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Understand the social, cultural, economic and political contexts of social welfare practice and the implications of these for working with clients, workers and community services.

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate programs, projects and other activities with clients, which may include individuals, families, groups or communities.

Practise social welfare in an ethical manner, in accordance with the values and ethics of the profession.

Use one's own skills and knowledge appropriately and reflectively with clients, colleagues, employers and the wider community.

Become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Communicate with a broad spectrum of people and organisations using appropriate techniques and media organisations.

Plan, organise and carry out work autonomously and as part of a team.

Communicate constructively in a manner that is respectful of the diverse cultures in which we work and live.


Assessment methods

Assessment methods may include essays, research reports, case analysis, assessment of capabilities on field placement, recording of interviewing skills.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: Students who undertake the course online are required to attend one three-day residential workshop on campus. However in 2020, the residential workshop (for CSL00231 Counselling Theory and Practice) will be held online via Collaborate from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December 2020.

Career opportunities

As welfare and community workers in various roles within the community services sector. These include government and non-government positions in fields such as child protection, disability services, housing services, youth work, aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, community engagement, mental health services, and domestic violence services.

The Bachelor of Social Welfare articulates with a range of VET awards. It can also provide a pathway to our Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying), which is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The Masters degree is for graduates who have undertaken prior study in the social sciences, social welfare, psychology, or related fields. Graduates of this Masters degree will qualify as social workers in Australia and may also be eligible to apply to work as social workers overseas.

Professional placement

In line with ACWA requirements, you complete 400 hours of supervised on-the-job training. This is completed in two separate organisations in different fields of practice so that you gain a diversity of experience.

Placements may include working across a variety of client groups, such as older people, or young people and families at the individual, group, organisational or community level of practice. You may undertake placements in social welfare settings such as child protection, drugs and alcohol, criminal justice, community education, housing, emergency relief, family interventions and domestic violence.

All students must obtain a National Police Check and Working with Children Check and most agencies require students to have a driver's licence.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Graduates are eligible to join ACWA.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Welfare, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Social Welfare after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) from the Bachelor of Social Welfare.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Social Welfare after completing the equivalent of 8 Core units (96 credit points).

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
 


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote

Core Units

POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
CUL00408 -  Health and Indigenous Australian PeoplesIntermediate
SOY10105 -  Introduction to Social WelfareIntroductory
BHS00130 -  Community DevelopmentIntroductory
CSL00231 -  Counselling Theory and PracticeIntroductory
CSL00113 -  Field Education IIntermediate Note 1
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
CSL10558 -  Case Management and Care PlanningIntermediate
SOC00112 -  Social PolicyIntroductory
CSL10242 -  Trauma Informed PracticeIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
WEL73001 -  Issues of ProtectionAdvanced

Majors

TitleLevel of learningNote
Compulsory:
WEL73002 -  Disability and Community PracticeAdvanced
WEL73004 -  Planning and Delivering Human ServicesAdvanced
CSL00114 -  Field Education IIAdvanced Note 1
Plus four (4) elective units from any University Wide Electives.


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote
It is possible to accelerate your studies if you intend to complete the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) after successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Welfare.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00408 -  Health and Indigenous Australian PeoplesIntermediate
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 -  Introduction to Social WelfareIntroductory
CSL00231 -  Counselling Theory and PracticeIntroductory
BHS00130 -  Community DevelopmentIntroductory
SOC00112 -  Social PolicyIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
CSL10558 -  Case Management and Care PlanningIntermediate
CSL00113 -  Field Education IIntermediate
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 -  Trauma Informed PracticeIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
1st Major unit OR University Wide Elective
2nd Major unit OR University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 1
WEL73001 -  Issues of ProtectionAdvanced
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
WEL73002 -  Disability and Community PracticeAdvanced
3rd Major OR University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 2
WEL73004 -  Planning and Delivering Human ServicesAdvanced
CSL00114 -  Field Education IIAdvanced
4th Major unit OR University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 3
WEL91003 -  Social Work Foundations for PracticeIntroductory
WEL91004 -  Social Work Direct Practice IIntroductory
WEL91002 -  Social Policy and Law for Social WorkIntroductory
Year 4, Session 1
WEL92001 -  Social Work across the LifespanIntermediate
WEL92002 -  Social Work in Groups and CommunitiesAdvanced
IHE03386 -  Health and Indigenous PeoplesIntermediate
WEL92003 -  Research for Social WorkAdvanced
Year 4, Session 2
WEL91005 -  Social Work Direct Practice IIIntermediate
WEL92004 -  Social Work Organisations, Leadership and ManagementAdvanced
WEL92005 -  Social Work Field Placement IIaAdvanced
Year 4, Session 3
WEL92006 -  Social Work Field Placement IIbAdvanced

TitleLevel of learningNote
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 -  Introduction to Social WelfareIntroductory
CSL00231 -  Counselling Theory and PracticeIntroductory
BHS00130 -  Community DevelopmentIntroductory
SOC00112 -  Social PolicyIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00408 -  Health and Indigenous Australian PeoplesIntermediate
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 -  Trauma Informed PracticeIntermediate
1st Major unit OR University Wide Elective
CSL00113 -  Field Education IIntermediate Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
CSL10558 -  Case Management and Care PlanningIntermediate
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
WEL73001 -  Issues of ProtectionAdvanced
Year 3, Session 2
WEL73004 -  Planning and Delivering Human ServicesAdvanced
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
2nd Major unit OR University Wide Elective
3rd Major unit OR University Wide Elective
Year 4, Session 1
WEL73002 -  Disability and Community PracticeAdvanced
4th Major unit OR University Wide Elective
CSL00114 -  Field Education IIAdvanced Note 1

TitleLevel of learningNote
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00408 -  Health and Indigenous Australian PeoplesIntermediate
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 -  Introduction to Social WelfareIntroductory
CSL00231 -  Counselling Theory and PracticeIntroductory
BHS00130 -  Community DevelopmentIntroductory
SOC00112 -  Social PolicyIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
CSL10558 -  Case Management and Care PlanningIntermediate
CSL00113 -  Field Education IIntermediate Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 -  Trauma Informed PracticeIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
1st Major unit
2nd Major unit
Year 3, Session 1
WEL73001 -  Issues of ProtectionAdvanced
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
3rd Major unit WEL73002 -  Disability and Community PracticeAdvanced
4th Major unit
Year 3, Session 2
5th Major unit WEL73004 -  Planning and Delivering Human ServicesAdvanced
6th Major unit
7th & 8th Major unit CSL00114 -  Field Education IIAdvanced Note 1

TitleLevel of learningNote
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 -  Australian PoliticsIntroductory
SOC00118 -  Introduction to SociologyIntroductory
COM10001 -  Effective CommunicationIntroductory
CUL00408 -  Health and Indigenous Australian PeoplesIntermediate
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 -  Introduction to Social WelfareIntroductory
CSL00231 -  Counselling Theory and PracticeIntroductory
BHS00130 -  Community DevelopmentIntroductory
SOC00112 -  Social PolicyIntroductory
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 -  Development across the LifespanIntermediate
CSL10558 -  Case Management and Care PlanningIntermediate
CSL00113 -  Field Education IIntermediate Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 -  Trauma Informed PracticeIntermediate
LAW00059 -  Welfare LawIntermediate
1st University Wide Elective
2nd University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 1
WEL73001 -  Issues of ProtectionAdvanced
SOC20001 -  Doing Social ResearchIntermediate
WEL73002 -  Disability and Community PracticeAdvanced
3rd University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 2
WEL73004 -  Planning and Delivering Human ServicesAdvanced
CSL00114 -  Field Education IIAdvanced Note 1
4th University Wide Elective


Notes

Note 1: #double weighted unit

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