Start Date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

474094 (Internal)

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Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal networks with 560 hours of supervised local work placements
  • Tailor your studies to suit your needs with flexible options including face-to-face, online or mixed mode study, as well as full-time or part-time
  • Work alongside practitioners and highly skilled academic staff in simulated real-world scenarios
  • Build your practical skills in our innovative Social Work and Human Services Studio
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Social Work and Sociology1
  • Ranked No.1 in South Australia for Teaching Quality, Student Support and Learning Resources in Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences2
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further learning, including the Master of Social Work
  • This degree is nationally recognised by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA)

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 (Undergraduate). Public universities.



This degree provides you with a sound knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences, and equips you with the skills needed for professional practice in the human services field as an accredited community worker, policy advocate or manager of human services.

This degree has been developed around the following four major areas of study:

  • Behavioural and social sciences
  • Human service practice
  • Human service management
  • Social policy.

You will also 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 your practical skills.

Become even more employable by combining your Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) degree with another degree. With just one year of extra study you can graduate with an additional Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Arts qualification. You can discuss the possibilities with Campus Central

What you'll need

Students studying this degree will be required to undertake Criminal History Checks through the Department of Human Services (DHS), a National Police Record Check, and complete a one-day Safe Environments for Children and Young People course prior to being accepted for work placements. Some placements may also require students to hold a current driver's licence and or additional requirements as requested by a specific placement provider.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Graduates will be well equipped to deal with the contemporary issues facing human service professionals. You will explore diverse scenarios and learn how to effectively manage challenging situations in our state-of-the-art Social Work and Human Services Studio. You will then get the opportunity to practice these skills when you complete 560 hours of work placements during your final year of study. This degree focuses on four major areas of study:

  • Behavioural and social sciences: the study of human behaviour and how it is affected by cultural, environmental, psychological and political aspects
  • Human service practice: the political influences on human services, as well as the various ethical and cultural considerations; you will also gain the necessary communication skills needed to practice successfully in the field
  • Human service management: gain skills that are important in the planning, provision and evaluation of a variety of human services
  • 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.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

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
Working with Community WELF 2010 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 Research Methods HUMS 2047 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
Human Service Workers and the Law JUST 2005 4.5
Aboriginal Australians and the Human Services WELF 2015 4.5
Policy Practice POLI 2027 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Service Field Placement A WELF 3022 9 Rule(s): 1,2
Social Analysis and the Human Services WELF 3018 4.5
Case Management WELF 3015 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Service Field Placement B WELF 3014 9 Rule(s): 1,2
Human Service Project Management WELF 2014 4.5
Elective 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, as well as to 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. You can expect them to include:

  • Case studies
  • Projects
  • An e-portfolio
  • Essays and assignments
  • Examinations
  • Journals.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 Science (Human Services (Mount Gambier))

Why this Degree

Learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers, gain practical experience in our on-campus Social Work and Human Services Studio, and build workplace networks when you complete field education placements during your final year. 

In our custom-built studios you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations. Using state-of-the-art recording equipment and cameras, you can review your work and learn from your experiences. Third year work placements will also provide valuable experience, during which you will experience first-hand what it’s like to work in local and rural settings. 

As part of your placement, you may have the opportunity to take part in UniSA’s South Australian Parliamentary Internship program. Students undertaking their second field placement in their final year of study in an undergraduate Social Science or Social Work degree, including double degrees, are eligible to apply for this opportunity. To find out more about further eligibility, contact Dr Cenz Lancione.

Real-world connections

You will complete 560 hours of work experience during two field placements in your third year. This real-world experience is a major focus and provides valuable hands-on 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.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

A career in the human services sector requires a strong interest in human behaviour; you also need to be able to think clearly and logically, to be compassionate, understanding and patient. There are a number of employment opportunities in a wide range of fields available to you upon graduation. Careers to consider include:

  • Community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to support the growth, health and vitality of a region
  • Community services worker: work with individuals and groups in the areas of psychology, rehabilitation and social work
  • Counsellor (with further study): work with individuals and groups to help people overcome problems
  • Project manager: use your managerial expertise to manage individual projects; work to meet deadlines and budget requirements
  • Policy advisor: review, develop and implement policies and strategies
  • Policy development officer: this is an advisory role where you will be responsible for analysing data and advising policymakers
  • Social researcher: plan, design, conduct, manage and report on a range of social topics, including crime, healthcare, social services and unemployment
  • Youth worker: provide practical and emotional support to children and young people
  • Family support worker: provide assistance and guidance to children and families family support workers are often employed by child protection agencies or family services organisations
  • Case worker: responsible for assisting adults, children and families with the coordination of accessing government services and support
  • Child protection practitioner: develop plans to bring about changes required to supportthe safety, stability and development of children and young people

You could improve your employment prospects by continuing your studies with a one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree.

Industry facts


Employment for Welfare Support Workers is expected to increase by 25.2 per cent by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Labour Markets Insight, Employment  Projections 2021.


By 2024, employment for counsellors in Australia is projected to increase by 24.8 per cent.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


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

Australian Government Department of Employment 2019.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a social science student you will have access to our state-of-the art Social Work and Human Services Studio, which is equipped with recording equipment and cameras so you can practice your skills with the help of field practitioners and academic staff.

Your study spaces

Your program director

The program provides diverse career opportunities by connecting you to the real world through teaching and research partnerships with leading and emerging government and non-government human services organisations. The industry connections of academic staff provide immediate context in the teaching of the degree, and you can actively implement your learnings through the opportunity of field placements or internships, leading to employment across a number of sectors.

AsPr Caroline Ellison

Program Director

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Program Director


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What others are saying

"As part of this degree’s placement course, I had the opportunity to work as a drug and alcohol counsellor for Drug Arm in Hillbank. This amazing experience allowed me to put to practice counselling capabilities learnt throughout the course as well as case management skills."

Guy Yardley

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)
Case Manager, Department of Child Protection, South Australia

Guy Yardley

Guy Yardley

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)
Case Manager, Department of Child Protection, South Australia

Without my degree, I would not have had the courage to come this far. Passion and experience is one thing, but this degree gives you the credibility and confidence you need to take your career to the next level.

Lisa Wheeler

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)
Senior Coordinator | New ROADS, Uniting Communities

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Lisa Wheeler

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)
Senior Coordinator | New ROADS, Uniting Communities

“I chose UniSA as the flexibility of the degree meant I was able to balance study, family and work commitments effectively. The teaching staff have been supportive, accessible and willing to help throughout my studies. It was a highlight working with the academic staff on a research project for my final placement which bought both challenges and rewards. These practical placements provided the professional environment to apply the theories learnt in the classroom and add further dimension to the theoretical base.” 

Lachlan McConnichie

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

Lachlan McConnochie

Lachlan McConnichie

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)