Start Date


4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

444491 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

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Degree overview

  • Study with the No.1 University in SA for graduate careers in Social Work1 and number one in SA for teaching quality in Social Work2.
  • Build your practical skills in our innovative on-campus Social Work and Human Services Studio.
  • Get practical experience and build pivotal networks with supervised local, rural and international work placements.
  • Complete 1,000 hours of supervised field placements.
  • Study a curriculum informed by world-class research in Social Work and Psychology3.
  • Study at our Magill campus and UniSA locations in Whyalla and Mount Gambier.
  • Further your education after graduation with a postgraduate qualification, including doctoral study.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 32018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



This honours degree provides you with advanced knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences. On completion, you may be eligible to further your qualification with postgraduate study, including doctoral study. The focus of this degree is on the following four major areas of study:

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

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. Further hands-on experience is gained in our state-of-the-art Social Work and Human Services Studio, where you will take part in simulated, real-life situations. These studios are an important part of your learning and provide a dedicated space where you can practice your skills.

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 honours degree provides an advanced level of knowledge of the political and behavioural sciences with a specific focus on the following 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 and Human Services Studio 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, construct and undertake research

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

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
Please select one of the below options
Child Development WELF 1020 4.5
MINOR 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Governance and Citizenship in Australia POLI 1008 4.5
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
Working with Community WELF 2010 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)
Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing WELF 2019 4.5
Preparation for Field Placement WELF 2009 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Human Service Workers and the Law JUST 2005 4.5
Please select one of the below options
Elective 4.5
MINOR 4.5 Rule(s): 2
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 Social Work Theory and Practice WELF 3030 4.5
Policy Practice POLI 2027 4.5
Working with Human Service Organisations WELF 3023 4.5
Please select one of the below options
Child Centred Practice WELF 4030 4.5
MINOR 4.5 Rule(s): 2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Social Research (Honours) WELF 4033 4.5
Social Work Honours Research Project 1 WELF 4035 9
Please select one of the below options
Leading and Managing in Human Service Organisations WELF 4032 4.5
Trauma Informed Practice WELF 3031 4.5
MINOR 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Social Work Field Education (Honours) WELF 4034 13.5 Rule(s): 3,4
Social Work Honours Research Project 2 WELF 4027 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:

  • projects
  • e-portfolios
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • research project

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


This is a four-year, professional degree with honours. The honours component includes a minimum of one year of advanced studies in research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance. You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you for future leadership roles and higher degrees.

Why Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Why this Degree

Graduating with an honours degree will set you apart from the crowd, ensuring you have a competitive edge and are well-placed for a career in industry, research or further postgraduate study. In this degree you will:

  • learn from industry experts and award-winning researchers
  • gain practical experience in our on-campus Social Work and Human Services Studio
  • 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 state-of-the-art recording equipment and cameras, you can review your work and learn from your experiences. Third and fourth year work placements will give you valuable real-world experience, you will experience first-hand what it’s like to work in local, rural and international settings.

Real-world connections

You will complete 1,000 hours of work placement during your third and fourth years in a range of local, rural and international settings. 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, with graduating students quickly finding work in a wide range of fields. Careers to consider:

  • child protection services social worker: in collaboration with families and community services, identify and document cases of abuse and neglect and find appropriate services in support of child welfare
  • mental health social worker: provide support and referral opportunities for people experiencing poor mental health
  • healthcare social worker: help people access services to improve and maintain their health
  • aged care social 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 and action that policy in order to meet the needs and wants of the people
  • academic in social work: combine research, teaching and administrative work to enhance the practice of social work and social work education

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 39,300 (24.3 per cent) by May 2024.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019


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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

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 advanced facilities including modern 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 work student you will have access to state-of-the art Social Work and Human Services Studio, 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 believe that whilst one of the key goals of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program is to create an active interest in achieving social justice for the marginalised in society, it is important that you are equipped with critical thinking and analytical skills. This program uses innovative approaches to teaching and learning which encourage critical engagement with curriculum materials in addition to reciting facts, theories and studies.

Prof Lia Bryant

Program Director

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Prof Lia Bryant

Program Director


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What others are saying

"While studying, I secured a job supporting children with disabilities at an organisation that provides respite service and life skill development programs. Studying at UniSA has given me a strong sense of purpose, and reassurance that I am on a career path that is suited to my strengths."

Lauren Harrington

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Community Support Worker, Disability Living

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Lauren Harrington

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Community Support Worker, Disability Living