Bachelor of Social Work

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 7:06 AM on Sat, 10 December

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
60
Duration
4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
4 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Online
Gold Coast
Start date
March, July
February, June
Course code
3007316
Course abbreviation
BSW
Credit points
384
Equivalent units
32
CRICOS
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Fees

All students, including those enrolled online, are required to participate in on-campus learning for a minimum of 20 days/150hrs over the duration of the course. This requirement is stipulated by the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

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Course overview

The Bachelor of Social Work is an entry-level, professionally accredited qualification to practise as a social worker. The course prepares students to work in a diverse range of fields including health and mental health, child and family welfare, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, youth work, homelessness, domestic and family violence, disability, drug and alcohol, community development, and advocacy.

Underpinned by core principles of social justice and human rights, the course engages students in contemporary anti-oppressive, decolonised and trauma-informed approaches to social work practice.  

Core units within the course cover essential theories, methods and skills for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. These are complemented by foundational studies in Indigenous world views, sociology, politics, human development and social research.

An elective stream provides opportunity for students to pursue their interests and develop knowledge in a range of disciplines, and an optional embedded Honours program is available for those interested in research and pathways to further postgraduate studies. This high job growth area offers a variety of careers in client service roles, service management, research, strategy and policy development.

Please note: All students, including those enrolled online, are required to participate in on-campus learning for a minimum of 20 days/150hrs over the duration of the course. This requirement is stipulated by the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). On-campus enrolled students meet this minimum requirement by participating in four units with compulsory attendance. Online students meet this requirement by attending compulsory residential schools conducted at the Gold Coast campus. Units with compulsory participation and on-campus residential schools are identified in the course structure section below (‘note 2’). Students should also refer to the enrolment information for these units.

The Bachelor of Social Work is an entry-level, professionally accredited qualification to practise as a social worker. The course prepares students to work in a diverse range of fields including health and mental health, child and family welfare, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, youth work, homelessness, domestic and family violence, disability, drug and alcohol, community development, and advocacy.

Underpinned by core principles of social justice and human rights, the course engages students in contemporary anti-oppressive, decolonised and trauma-informed approaches to social work practice.  

Core units within the course cover essential theories, methods and skills for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities. These are complemented by foundational studies in Indigenous world views, sociology, politics, human development and social research.

An elective stream provides opportunity for students to pursue their interests and develop knowledge in a range of disciplines, and an optional embedded Honours program is available for those interested in research and pathways to further postgraduate studies. This high job growth area offers a variety of careers in client service roles, service management, research, strategy and policy development.

Please note: All students, including those enrolled online, are required to participate in on-campus learning for a minimum of 20 days/150hrs over the duration of the course. This requirement is stipulated by the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). On-campus enrolled students meet this minimum requirement by participating in four units with compulsory attendance. Online students meet this requirement by attending compulsory residential schools conducted at the Gold Coast campus. Units with compulsory participation and on-campus residential schools are identified in the course structure section below (‘note 2’). Students should also refer to the enrolment information for these units.

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.

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
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3
OnlineTerm  1, Term  3

All students, including those enrolled online, are required to participate in on-campus learning for a minimum of 20 days/150hrs over the duration of the course. This requirement is stipulated by the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1, Term  3$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)102204F
 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.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying in Australia

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work, students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

Honours

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

Students must also maintain a credit average across the degree to be eligible for this award. 

Professional Experience Learning / Field Education

This course includes professional experience learning via field education. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience Field Education page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Exit awards

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Human Services Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points) as specified in the Diploma of Human Services Studies structure.

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity & 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 Equity & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
POLT1001Australian Politics
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
WELF1001Introduction to Social Welfare
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice Note 2
WELF1002Community Development
SOCI1005Social Policy
PSYC2004Lifespan Psychology
WELF2005Case Management and Care Planning
SWRK2001Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships Note 2
SOCI2006Doing Social Research
WELF2003Trauma Informed Practice
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
SWRK2002Social Work Practice II - Teams and Groups
SWRK3001Social Work Practice III - Mental Health
SWRK3002Social Work Practice IV - Organisational Practice
SWRK2005Social Work Placement I Note 1
SWRK3003Social Work Practice V - Policy and Community Activism
SWRK3004Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods Note 2
WELF3002Issues of Protection
SWRK3005Social Work Practice VII - Social Work in Legal Contexts Note 2
Students can complete:
Students may choose the Honours option if a credit average across the degree has been maintained, or else complete the following units:

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
WELF3003Disability and Community Practice
SWRK3010Social Work Placement II Note 1
AND
one Shared Minor OR 4 Electives
OR
the embedded Honours option:

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
COMM4006Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences I
COMM4007Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences II
SWRK4003Social Work Honours Thesis I
SWRK4004Social Work Honours Thesis II
SWRK4005Social Work Honours Thesis III
SWRK4006Social Work Honours Placement II Note 1


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

First Year

POLT1001Australian Politics
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
CRTV1002Create: Innovate: Change
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2,4
N/A
Anti-requisitesAAD71103 - Design Fundamentals ART00630 - Design ART10094 - Digital Art and Design I
WELF1001Introduction to Social Welfare
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
SOCI1005Social Policy
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
WELF1002Community Development
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
WELF1003Counselling Theory and Practice
Term4
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Enrolment informationTo meet the accreditation standards of these courses, all students are required to meet participation requirements to pass the unit. A record of attendance will be kept.

Second Year

WELF2005Case Management and Care Planning
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
SWRK2001Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships
Term1
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
SOCI2006Doing Social Research
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Summer Term
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Summer Term
Term2,4
Summer Term
WELF2003Trauma Informed Practice
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
WELF3002Issues of Protection
Term2,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,3
Term2,3
Online
Term2,3
N/A
SWRK2002Social Work Practice II - Teams and Groups
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
SWRK3001Social Work Practice III - Mental Health
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A

Third Year

SWRK2005Social Work Placement I
Tri Term1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Tri Term1
Tri Term1
Online
Tri Term1
N/A
Pre-requisitesWELF1001 - Introduction to Social Welfare AND WELF1003 - Counselling Theory and Practice AND SWRK2001 - Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships AND SWRK2002 - Social Work Practice II - Teams and Groups
Anti-requisitesSWRK2003 - Social Work Placement Ia
Enrolment informationInternational onshore students must enrol in the internal offering of this unit.
Enrolment restrictionsStudents must seek approval to enrol following submission of required documentation in accordance with Field Education guidelines.
SWRK3002Social Work Practice IV - Organisational Practice
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC2004Lifespan Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
SWRK3003Social Work Practice V - Policy and Community Activism
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
SWRK3004Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods
Term4
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesWELF1003 - Counselling Theory and PracticeWELF2005 - Case Management and Care PlanningWELF2003 - Trauma Informed PracticeSWRK2001 - Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships
Enrolment informationStudents are required to meet participation requirements comprising 42 hours of compulsory attendance at either on-campus tutorials (GC students) or an on-campus residential (online students)
Elective

Fourth Year

Elective
SWRK3005Social Work Practice VII - Social Work in Legal Contexts

Not currently available

Note 2
WELF3003Disability and Community Practice
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
Elective
Elective
SWRK3010Social Work Placement II

Not currently available

Note 1

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units from your third year onwards to satisfy the requirements of the Honours Award

Students have the option to complete the Honours pathway if a credit average across the degree has been maintained

Third Year

SWRK2005Social Work Placement I
Tri Term1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Tri Term1
Tri Term1
Online
Tri Term1
N/A
Pre-requisitesWELF1001 - Introduction to Social Welfare AND WELF1003 - Counselling Theory and Practice AND SWRK2001 - Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships AND SWRK2002 - Social Work Practice II - Teams and Groups
Anti-requisitesSWRK2003 - Social Work Placement Ia
Enrolment informationInternational onshore students must enrol in the internal offering of this unit.
Enrolment restrictionsStudents must seek approval to enrol following submission of required documentation in accordance with Field Education guidelines.
SWRK3002Social Work Practice IV - Organisational Practice
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Online
Term2
N/A
PSYC2004Lifespan Psychology
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
SWRK3003Social Work Practice V - Policy and Community Activism
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
N/A
SWRK3004Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods
Term4
Note 2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Online
Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesWELF1003 - Counselling Theory and PracticeWELF2005 - Case Management and Care PlanningWELF2003 - Trauma Informed PracticeSWRK2001 - Social Work Practice I - Building Relationships
Enrolment informationStudents are required to meet participation requirements comprising 42 hours of compulsory attendance at either on-campus tutorials (GC students) or an on-campus residential (online students)
SWRK3005Social Work Practice VII - Social Work in Legal Contexts

Not currently available

Note 2

Fourth Year

COMM4006Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences I

Not currently available

COMM4007Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences II

Not currently available

Pre-requisitesCOMM4006 - Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences I
SWRK4003Social Work Honours Thesis I
Dual Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Dual Term4
Dual Term4
Online
Dual Term4
N/A
Pre-requisitesSOCI2006 - Doing Social Research
Enrolment restrictionsStudents must be approved to enrol.
SWRK4004Social Work Honours Thesis II

Not currently available

SWRK4005Social Work Honours Thesis III

Not currently available

SWRK4006Social Work Honours Placement II

Not currently available

Note 1


Notes

Note 1: Triple-weighted unit
Note 2: Residential School

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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

Apply social work values, knowledge and skills in practice and research processes to address client needs, organisational goals and social policy change. Honours pathway: Be able to create research outputs that demonstrate research design skills, critical thinking, initiative and judgement in developing new understanding.

Ensure that clients’ needs are addressed holistically and creatively, drawing on relevant theory, research and practice wisdom.

Promote and implement policies and practices to achieve a fair, equitable and efficient allocation of social resources, and identify inappropriate or inequitable policy goals and outcomes.

Ensure that client needs, organisational goals and community expectations of social work services are met in the most appropriate manner, using social work knowledge, skills and resources.

Demonstrate a commitment to continually increase professional knowledge and skills and to continuing education and lifelong learning.

Effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders , including clients, colleagues and managers including within a multi-disciplinary team environment

Apply knowledge of organisational and societal systems and processes to identify inequality and ensure appropriate action is taken so that social barriers, inequality and injustice are reduced.


Assessment methods

A diverse range of authentic assessment methods are employed in the course including reports, case analysis, recorded role plays of interviewing skills, presentations, essays and assessment of capabilities on field placement. 

Teaching methods

This course is taught in the Southern Cross Model, which provides guided and active learning experiences focused on supporting student success.

Teaching and learning involves media-rich and interactive online self-access modules supported by regular on-campus and online classes. These utilise enquiry-based learning approaches that enable students to apply their developing knowledge and skills to real-life practice scenarios, reflecting a diverse range of community welfare practice methods, client groups and organisational settings. The course also provides on-the-job placement experiences through which students refine and consolidate their skills in real-world work environments. 

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course will be prepared to practise as social workers in government and non-government positions in fields such as health, child protection, disability services, housing services, youth work, aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, community development, mental health services, and domestic violence services.

Professional placement

In line with AASW requirements, students will complete 1,000 hours of supervised placement in a human service organisation as part of the course. Please note, students must obtain a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check and most agencies require students to have a current driver’s licence.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for entry into the social work profession.

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students

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