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Start date
February

Campus
Magill

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBSW

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 25,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
000537M

Key features

  • Build your practical skills in our innovative on-campus Social Work Studios.
  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international work placements.
  • Complete 1,000 hours of supervised field placements.
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field, and at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology and social work1.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree provides you with a sound knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences, and equips you with the skills to work in a range of fields in social work and human services. It has been developed around four major areas of study: social work theory; social work practice and skills; social policy; and social research.

You will gain practical experience as part of the degree’s field education placement component. This is a valuable learning opportunity where you will build industry networks and further enhance practical skills.

Become even more employable by combining your Bachelor of Social Work degree with another degree. With just one or two years of extra study you can graduate with a double degree. We offer a double degree with the Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Cultures and Australian Society). You can discuss the possibilities with Campus Central.

Students who have completed a TAFE Diploma in Community Services are eligible for 18 units of credit. Students who have completed a TAFE Advanced Diploma in Community Services are eligible for 36 units of credit.

What you'll need

All students studying this degree will be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed. You must also hold a current Child Safe Environments Certificate. Some placements may also require a current driver's licence and a recognised First Aid Certificate.

Why Bachelor of Social Work

Why this Degree

Learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers, gain practical experience in our on-campus Social Work Studios, and build workplace networks during field education placements.

In our custom-built studios you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations. Using recording equipment and cameras, you can review your work and learn from your experiences. Third and fourth year work placements will provide valuable real-world experience, you will experience what it’s like to work in local, rural and international settings.

There is the opportunity to complete a double degree by combining your studies with Aboriginal Cultures and Australian Society.

Real-world connections

As part of your studies you will complete 1,000 hours of work placement during your third and fourth years. This real-world experience is a major focus and provides valuable practical experience and the opportunity for you to build important industry relationships. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Social work requires a strong commitment to and passion for social justice and human rights. If you think you’ve got what it takes the employment opportunities are excellent and the demand for graduates in Australia is high1, with graduating students quickly finding work in a wide range of fields. Careers to consider:

  • aged care worker: provide personal, physical and emotional support to older people who need assistance with everyday living
  • correctional services officer: aid in the rehabilitation and counselling of offenders
  • domestic violence victim services officer: counsel, investigate and report on incidences of domestic violence
  • disability services officer: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities
  • social planner: a pivotal role in creating liveable, sustainable communities; social planners create strategic policy to meet the needs and wants of communities

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Industry facts

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Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 19,600 (15.6 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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By 2020, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 23.2 per cent1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What others are saying

After working in the human services sector, I knew I wanted to become a social worker. The highlights of my time at UniSA include the flexible learning options, interactive workshops and my overseas study in Canada.

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work

Christina Handley

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work

Practical experience in the field is a big focus for the Social Work degree. I had the opportunity to travel to Norway and complete my Social Work placement at a camp for unaccompanied asylum seeking minors. This was an experience which not only taught me a lot about myself, but also allowed me to put into practice the theoretical knowledge I was gaining.

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Social Work

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Social Work

I enjoy the unique combination of this double degree – it offers amazing insight into societal issues on a global context, while also addressing political and sociological views. Using this knowledge will help me start a career in the social work field, that I hope will incorporate international issues and working with refugees in a crisis-based situation.

Emily Keller

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

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Emily Keller

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

One of my work placements was at UniSA working on a program to enhance student learning through the development of interview skills. This provided me with valuable work experience and networks for future employment.

Leonie Emery

Bachelor of Social Work

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Leonie Emery

Bachelor of Social Work

The experience gained in industry during your studies will enable you to apply your learning, but also develop a range of skills, capacities, and attributes that are valued by employers, and which help to compete in an increasingly demanding job market.

Chris Talbot, Manager, Tertiary Education Engagement


Employment: Uniting Communities

Chris Talbot Uniting Communities

Chris Talbot, Manager, Tertiary Education Engagement


Employment: Uniting Communities

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree focuses on four major areas of study:

  • social work theory: you will develop knowledge of various social work approaches as they relate to individuals, families, communities, groups and organisations
  • social work practice and skills: you will work in custom-built Social Work Studios to develop a range of skills needed to work in social practice - in this dedicated space you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations
  • social policy: learn how to identify the social policies that affect people’s lives, and the strategic ways that social workers may be able to influence these policies
  • social research: learn how to use, evaluate and construct research

You will also gain valuable practical experience when you complete 1,000 hours of work placements during your third and fourth years.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may be essays, assignments and examinations. You could also expect:

  • case studies
  • projects
  • e-portfolios

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Service Provision WELF 1014 4.5
Communication Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 1019 4.5
The Social World SOCU 1003 4.5
Child Development WELF 1020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Governance and Citizenship in Australia POLI 1008 4.5
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Free Elective 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Service Intervention WELF 2012 4.5
Australian Social Policy POLI 1012 4.5
Social Enquiry Methods HUMS 1004 4.5
Interviewing Skills in Social Work and Human Services WELF 2020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing WELF 2019 4.5
Preparation for Field Placement WELF 2009 4.5 Note(s): 3
Working with Community WELF 2010 4.5
Human Service Workers and the Law JUST 2005 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Indigenous Australians and the Human Services WELF 2015 4.5
Social Work Field Education 1 WELF 3011 13.5 Rule(s): 3,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Practice in Social Work WELF 3021 4.5
Contemporary Practice Approaches WELF 3007 4.5
Policy Practice POLI 2027 4.5
Working with Human Service Organisations WELF 3023 4.5
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Leading and Managing in Human Service Organisations WELF 4032 4.5
Child Centred Practice WELF 4030 4.5
Options - 2 from:
Social Work with Older People HUMS 4001 4.5
Complexity in Practice WELF 4031 4.5
Rural Social Work WELF 4004 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Social Work Field Education 2 WELF 4019 13.5 Rule(s): 3,4
Professional Development WELF 4016 4.5

I have an active research focus and experience in policy development and program planning – I also place a strong emphasis on explicating the links between research, theory, policy and practice.

Dr Helena de Anstiss

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As a social work student you will have access to state-of-the art Social Work Studios, which are equipped with recording equipment and cameras so that you can practice your skills with the help of field practitioners and academic staff.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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