Bachelor of Social Work

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Fri, 19 August

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
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 provides a foundation in sociology, politics, human development and social research, covering essential theories and methods for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.

The course prepares students for practice in the fields of mental health, child protection, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There is an embedded Honours program if you are interested in pursuing research.

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 provides a foundation in sociology, politics, human development and social research, covering essential theories and methods for social work practice with individuals, families, groups and communities.

The course prepares students for practice in the fields of mental health, child protection, cross-cultural work and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. There is an embedded Honours program if you are interested in pursuing research.

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

Core units cover sociology, Indigenous world-views, counselling theory and practice, community development introductory, case management and care planning, social research, trauma informed practice, mental health, issues of protection and legal contexts, combined with a significant work placement component.

Students may investigate an area of interest through a choice of four elective units as part of their studies.

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$28,000 ($3,500 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

Gold Coast
Online

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
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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 an Associate Degree of Human Services Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) comprising a minimum of 12 core units (144 credit points) and 4 minor or elective units (48 credit points). 

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Human Services Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising a minimum of 4 core units (48 credit points) and 4 minor or elective units (48 credit points). 


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
PSYC2004Development across the Lifespan
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
Term1
SOCI1001Introduction to Sociology
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Online
Term1
N/A
INDG1001Indigenous World-Views
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Online
Term2,4
Term2
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
Term3
SOCI1005Social Policy
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
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
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
Term4
WELF2003Trauma Informed Practice
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Online
Term3
Term3
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

SWRK3002Social Work Practice IV - Organisational Practice

Not currently available

SWRK2005Social Work Placement I

Not currently available

Note 1
PSYC2004Development across the Lifespan
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
SWRK3003Social Work Practice V - Policy and Community Activism

Not currently available

SWRK3004Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods

Not currently available

Note 2
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

SWRK3002Social Work Practice IV - Organisational Practice

Not currently available

SWRK2005Social Work Placement I

Not currently available

Note 1
PSYC2004Development across the Lifespan
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Session1
Session1
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Online
Session1
Session1
SWRK3003Social Work Practice V - Policy and Community Activism

Not currently available

SWRK3004Social Work Practice VI - Advanced Practice Methods

Not currently available

Note 2
SWRK3005Social Work Practice VII - Social Work in Legal Contexts

Not currently available

Note 2

Fourth Year

COMM4006Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences I
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1
Term1
COMM4007Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences II
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesCOMM4006 - Research Methods for Arts and Social Sciences I
SWRK4003Social Work Honours Thesis I

Not currently available

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.


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.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course will be prepared 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 engagement, mental health services, and domestic violence services.

Professional placement

Students complete 1,000 hours of supervised placement in a human service organisation as part of your course. Please note, students must obtain a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check.

Professional recognition

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards. As a new course in 2021, it has provisional accreditation and will be rolled out incrementally with the 4th year units becoming available in 2024.

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