Start date
February
July

Campus
Magill

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBSW

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2022: AUD$ 28,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
000537M

Degree overview

  • Study with the No.1 University in SA for graduate careers in Social Work1 and No.1 in SA for teaching quality in Social Work2.
  • Build your practical skills in our innovative on-campus Social Work and Human Services Studio.
  • Get hands-on 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.

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)

Snapshot

Snapshot

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

You will 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 professional skills.

Students who have completed a TAFE Diploma in Community Services are eligible for 18 units of credit. Students who have completed a TAFE Advanced Diploma in Community Services are eligible for 36 units of credit.

What you'll need

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 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

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 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 and construct research

You will also gain valuable professional 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 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
Please select one of the below options
Child Development WELF 1020 4.5
OR
MINOR 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Governance and Citizenship in Australia POLI 1008 4.5
Group Work BEHL 2009 4.5
Applied Psychology BEHL 1005 4.5
Working with Community WELF 2010 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
Please select one of the below options
Elective 4.5
OR
MINOR 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Preparation for Field Placement WELF 2009 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Human Service Workers and the Law JUST 2005 4.5
THIRD YEAR
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): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice WELF 3030 4.5
Working with Human Service Organisations WELF 3023 4.5
Policy Practice POLI 2027 4.5
Please select one of the below options
Child Centred Practice WELF 4030 4.5
OR
MINOR 4.5 Rule(s): 3
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Leading and Managing in Human Service Organisations WELF 4032 4.5
Social Work with Older People HUMS 4001 4.5
Trauma Informed Practice WELF 3031 4.5
Please select one of the below options
Elective 4.5
OR
MINOR 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Social Work Field Education 2 WELF 4019 13.5 Rule(s): 1,2
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, 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.

Assessment

Assessment

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

  • case studies
  • projects
  • e-portfolios
  • group projects
  • skills assessment
  • interviews

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 Work

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 during field education placements.

In our custom-built studios you will work alongside field practitioners and academic staff in simulated, real-life situations. Using recording equipment and cameras, you can review your work and learn from your experiences. Third and fourth year work placements will provide valuable real-world experience, you will experience 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 placement during your third and fourth years. This real-world experience is a major focus 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. Social work graduates have a range of fields of practice open to them including:

  • Homelessness
  • Correctional services and juvenile justice
  • Child protection
  • Domestic violence
  • Aged care
  • Health
  • Mental health
  • Leadership and management
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Schools
  • Disability
  • Policy, project work and research
  • Community work

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts

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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

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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

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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

Australian

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

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

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 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 gainaccess 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 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 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 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 is 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

This program will offer you a gateway to a range of exciting and rewarding careers. By studying this program, you will be introduced to a diverse array of knowledge and skills. I place a strong emphasis on explicating the links between research, theory, policy and practice. In addition to undertaking policy development and program planning as an active research focus, I also have professional experience in the field.

Ms Patricia Frances Muncey

Program Director

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What others are saying

"After working in the human services sector, I knew I wanted to become a social worker. The highlights of my time at UniSA include the flexible learning options, interactive workshops and my overseas study in Canada."

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work
Employment: Family Practitioner, Department of Human Services SA

Christina Handley

Christina Handley

Bachelor of Social Work
<br />Employment: Family Practitioner, Department of Human Services SA

"Practical experience in the field is a big focus for the Social Work degree. I had the opportunity to travel to Norway and complete my Social Work placement at a camp for unaccompanied asylum seeking minors. This was an experience which not only taught me a lot about myself, but also allowed me to put into practice the theoretical knowledge I was gaining."

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Social Work

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Parisa Rowhani-Farid

Bachelor of Social Work