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Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBSS

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
002497J

Key features

  • Build your practical skills in our innovative Social Work Studios.
  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal networks with 560 hours of supervised local, rural and international work placements. 
  • Benefit from flexible study options, with on-campus, block intensive and online learning available.
  • Work alongside practitioners and highly skilled academic staff in simulated real-world scenarios.
  • Learn from award-winning researchers in the field of Social Work and Sociology1.
  • 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).

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 needed for professional practice in the human services field as an accredited community worker, policy advocate or manager of human services. It 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 practical skills. As part of this work placement you may be given the opportunity to take part in the parliamentary internship program.

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 Psychological Science qualification. You can discuss the possibilities with Campus Central.

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 Science (Human Services)

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 when you complete field education placements during your final year. 

In the 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, rural and international settings. 

Real-world connections

You will complete 560 hours of work placements during two work 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.

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. If you think you’ve got what it takes, the employment opportunities are excellent and the demand for graduates is high1, with graduating students quickly finding work in a wide range of fields. Careers to consider:

  • community development officer: employed by a city, neighbourhood or other municipality to ensure 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: 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 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

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

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

Graduates will be eligible for full membership of the Australian Community Workers Association.

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

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)

Guy Yardley

Guy Yardley

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

I chose UniSA as the flexibility of the degree meant I was able to balance study, family and work commitments effectively.

Lachlan McConnichie

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

Lachlan McConnochie

Lachlan McConnichie

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

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 during on-campus sessions in our state-of-the-art Social Work Studios. 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

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. 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. 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
Elective 4.5
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 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
Policy Practice POLI 2027 4.5
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)
Human Service Field Placement A WELF 3022 9 Rule(s): 2,3
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): 2,3
Human Service Project Management WELF 2014 4.5
Indigenous Australians and the Human Services WELF 2015 4.5

My teaching at UniSA has a focus on mental health and research methods. I also undertake research in social work and mental health, and gendered violence and mental health.

AsPr Deirdre Tedmanson

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 science student you will have access to two state-of-the art Social Work Studios, which are 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 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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