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Social Work

Social work is a helping profession. Its main goal is to improve a society's overall well-being, especially for the most vulnerable populations, and with an emphasis on social justice. Ready to right some wrongs?

Why ECU?

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    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

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  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

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  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

Courses

Study world ready

ECU's Bachelor of Social Work is only offered at our South West Campus in Bunbury, but can also be studied online, allowing you to balance work and/or family responsibilities with your studies.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Laura's inventive approach to mental health

Laura Butshiire is studying a Bachelor of Social Work in the hope of one day working as a school social worker – and she is well on the way to achieving her dream.

Laura is already having an impact on the mental well-being of kids. She has run workshops at Clarkson Primary School where dogs, aerobics, basketball, parkour, dance and chalk art were all part of the program to promote mental well-being.

"The aim was to teach students practical ways of becoming more mentally healthy and for children to be able to implement strategies to look after their own mental health which they'll be able to carry through primary school, teen years, and even into adulthood," she said.

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Youth Work studies at ECU

Student stories

  • Mahendran Swominathan

    Mahendran Swominathan

    Youth Work student

    "ECU has helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be"

    My study experience at ECU has been really enjoyable. The lecturers are extremely helpful, providing me with career advice as well as support within the course.

    So far, I've undertaken three work placements, and all have been valuable. Not only have they helped me put theory into practice, they’ve also helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be.

  • ECU Youth Work student, Jordana Cernotta

    Jordana Cernotta

    Youth Work student

    "ECU gives you the ability to apply your knowledge, and to experience what the industry is like"

    My experience studying at ECU has been great! The lecturers have been extremely helpful and the flexibility of the course has allowed me to adapt my studies to my lifestyle. At one stage, I was living in Italy, and was able to study online for a semester.

    ECU also has a great reputation for providing practical experience opportunities. One of the practical placements I've already completed went so well that a year later I am still mentoring at the organisation.