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4 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2019: AUD$ 26,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Develop and practice skills learnt in our custom-built Social Work Studio.
  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal industry networks with supervised local and international work placements. 
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in their field, and at a university that is recognised for its world-class research in psychology and social work1
  • Enjoy smaller class sizes, allowing you more one-on-one time with teachers.
  • Have the option to study some classes online, allowing you to fit your study in around other life commitments.
  • As a regional student you may also be eligible to apply for the Cowan Regional Grant ($2,000) or the Cowan Regional Placement Grant ($1,000).

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



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

  • social work theory
  • social work practice and skills
  • social policy
  • social research

You will also get practical experience as part of the degree’s field education placement component. If you have completed a TAFE Diploma in Community Services, you are eligible for 18 units of credit. If you have completed a TAFE Advanced Diploma in Community Services, you 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.

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. 

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
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
Free Elective 4.5
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
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)
Preparation for Field Placement WELF 2009 4.5
Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing WELF 2019 4.5
Working with Community WELF 2010 4.5
Human Service Workers and the Law JUST 2005 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Aboriginal 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
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 x 2 to be selected from:
Rural Social Work WELF 4004 4.5
Social Work with Older People HUMS 4001 4.5
Complexity in Practice WELF 4031 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

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.



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

Why Bachelor of Social Work (Mount Gambier)

Why this Degree

Learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers. In our custom-built studios you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations. Working in our social work studios you'll also use the latest in recording equipment and cameras so you can review your work and learn from your experiences. 

You will build workplace networks when you complete field education placements during your third and fourth years. These placements will give you valuable real-world experience - you will learn first-hand what it’s like to work in local, rural and international settings. 

Real-world connections

As part of your studies you will complete 1,000 hours of work placements during your third and fourth years. This real-world experience is a major focus of your studies 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.

Career outcomes

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 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 the community

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts


Employment for social and welfare professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 15.6 per cent by 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


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


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

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

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to 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 and student lounges. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform.

South Australia 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.

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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

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 program director

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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Dr Helena de Anstiss

Program Director


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What others are saying

The thing I like most about my degree is how rewarding it has been. Learning about a topic I am passionate about with like-minded people is a very rewarding experience.  

Georgia Ploenges-Beltchev

Bachelor of Social Work (Mount Gambier)

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Georgia Ploenges-Beltchev

Bachelor of Social Work (Mount Gambier)