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Bachelor of Social Work

Course code K41

Social workers are champions for social justice, equality and human rights. They stand alongside individuals and communities to improve society’s overall wellbeing, especially for the most vulnerable populations.

Our Social Work course is taught by staff with extensive frontline social work experience. It focuses on working alongside regional, rural and remote communities, and integrating sustainability into social work practice.
With the professional skills you’ll develop, your career can take you in many directions. This might include working in mental health, community development, child protection or social research. You could be running groups, such as with young people, new parents, or people in prisons. Or you could be supporting communities to organise projects campaigning for impactful social policy to transform systemic issues like homelessness, racism or even climate change.

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Course overview

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Entry requirements

70 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K41

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $9,587

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley
South West FT PT FT PT
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

K41

CRICOS code

060864K

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,800

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup
Mount Lawley
South West FT FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Cert IV;
    • Successfully completed 0.25 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment; or*
    • Experience Based Entry Scheme.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • In accordance with the requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), international applicants for this accredited course are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0).  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.  Alternative acceptable tests are as follows:

    • IELTS Academic with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
      • 24 for listening
      • 24 for reading,
      • 27 for writing, and
      • 23 for speaking

    Note:  English tests must be completed within 2 years of the proposed course commencement date and additional requirements may apply in relation to acceptable number of test sittings and combined scores across test sittings.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at South West or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at South West or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at South West or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at South West or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at South West

Semester 2: Study full-time at South West

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK1115Social Inclusion and People with Intellectual Disabilities15
SWK1106Psychology for Social Work15
SWK1110Introduction to Professional Practice15
SWK1112Introduction to Social Research15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RPS1130Rural, Regional and Remote Community Development15
SWK1102Philosophy, Knowledge and Ethics15
SWK1103Culture and Daily Life15
SWK1107Introduction to Australian Society15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK2104Human Behaviour in the Social Environment15
SWK2108Addictions and Practice15
SWK2111Aboriginal Histories of the Present15
SWK2116Gender, Families and Professional Practice15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK2010Theory and Practice for Child Protection15
SWK2112Australian Politics and Policy15
SWK2114Community Health and Well-being15
SWK2115Human Rights and Social Justice15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
RPS3110Applied Research Methods15
SWK3110Organisational Contexts15
SWK3112Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills15
SWK3113Social Work and Mental Health15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK3116Field Placement 145
SWK3121Social Work Theory and Practice 2: A Focus on Theories15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK4106Social Policy15
SWK4110Legal and Ethical Practice15
SWK4111Social Work Theory and Practice 3: Collective Interventions15
SWK4120Social Work Project15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SWK4116Field Placement 245
SWK4121Social Work Theory and Practice 4: Activism and Social Change15

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students who elect to study online will be required to attend for face-to-face, classroom-based activities for a minimum of 20 days (140 hours) spread over the four years of the course. This is a requirement set by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) for accredited programs that are offered online. Graduates of accredited programs are eligible for membership to AASW.

  • Students are required to undertake two 14-week social work field placements.

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad discipline coherent knowledge of the role and value of social work in addressing social inequalities to build sustainable communities through a variety of social work practices which are informed by human rights values and social justice.
  2. Communicate social work knowledge and ideas clearly, coherently and with independence.
  3. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and social work practice development, including reflective thinking skills and innovative practice through continued professional development.
  4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills, global outlook and cultural awareness when collaborating in professional settings and with culturally diverse groups, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  5. Think creatively to apply social work knowledge effectively in practice with individuals, groups and communities in diverse contexts.
  6. Use critical thinking to explore knowledge of human behaviour and society, as well as social, cultural, political, legal, economic and global contexts of social work practice to generate and evaluate complex ideas.
  7. Use digital technologies and information literacy to evaluate relevant research knowledge which informs decision making in social work practice.
  8. Work collaboratively and demonstrate initiative to implement social work professional values and ethics in decision making in a socially sustainable way.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $9,587 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $30,800 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Community Development Officer, Mental Health Worker, Human Service Manager, Child Protection Officer, Policy Research Officer, Hospital Social Worker, Community Health Worker, Family Support Worker, Disability Advocate, Counsellor

Similar courses to consider

Courses you can consider if you are interested in progressing further in this area.

  • Bachelor of Social Work Honours
    Students who have achieved a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 per cent of higher in the first five semesters may be invited to undertake Honours by transferring to the Bachelor of Social Work Honours.

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Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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