Study Social Work

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Help change the lives of others

Social work offers a variety of careers in client service, service management, research, strategy and policy development. 

Our graduates are highly sought after in areas such as child protection, health, mental health, disability services, housing, youth work, aged care, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, community development and domestic violence services. 

With our Bachelor of Social Work, you gain an entry-level, professionally accredited qualification to practise as a social worker, with 1,000 hours of placement experience. The course also has an embedded Honours program for those interested in pursuing a research path. 

Furthermore, if you have an undergraduate degree in the social sciences, social welfare, psychology or related fields, our Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) is an Australian Association of Social Workers-accredited qualification that also meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

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“I chose the rural placement option as I knew it would push me out of my comfort zone and the learning experiences would be more diverse. I’ve met so many different and interesting people from all walks of life and I get to see and learn first-hand the barriers that the vulnerable people in this community face in accessing human service providers.”

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Why choose Social Work with Southern Cross?

Professional recognition

Professional recognition by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

5-star rating

5-star rating for overall experience, skills development and full-time employment in Humanities and Social Sciences (GUG 2023)

No.1 in QLD for Skills Development

We're ranked No.1 in QLD for skills development in Humanities and Social Sciences (GUG 2023)

A better way to learn

We’re always looking for a better way to do things. That’s why we’re delivering our courses in six-week terms.

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