Start date


3 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 30,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

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

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Degree overview

  • Study with the Top 10 University in Australia for graduate careers in Social Sciences1.
  • Join the Top 5 University in Australia for student satisfaction in Social Sciences2.
  • Get hands-on experience and build pivotal networks with 560 hours of supervised field education placements. 
  • Benefit from flexible study options, with internal (in-person) and external (online) learning available.
  • 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.
  • Learn from world-class research in Sociology and Social Work3.
  • 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).

1Ranked equal #6 ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021-23, Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA public universities. 2Ranked #3, ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2021-22, Humanities, Culture and Social Sciences – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). Public universities.32018 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 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.

Increase your emloyability 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

 All students studying this degree will be required to undertake Criminal History Checks through the Department of Human Services (DHS), a SAPOL 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 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 in their work with individuals, families and communities. 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 human service workers may be able to influence these policies.

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)

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.

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 in need; family support workers are often employed by adoption agencies, protective service 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 support the safety, stability and development of children and young people.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

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

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 UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 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 international 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:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. 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.

Mrs Paula McCubbin

Program Director

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Mrs Paula McCubbin

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

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 brought 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 McConnochie

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

Lachlan McConnochie

Lachlan McConnochie

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services)

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