If you are passionately committed to the pursuit of social justice and human rights, consider C.S.U.’s Bachelor of Social Work as the foundation of your career.

C.S.U.'s Bachelor of Social Work equips you with the knowledge and skill set to make a valuable contribution in social welfare and social work agencies, whether in rural areas, metropolitan settings or overseas. In your bid to improve quality of life for individuals and communities, you may also work in a policy area, research or lobbying, breaking down inequities and helping shape our society into the future.

At C.S.U., there are several pathways to gaining a social work degree. The pathway you take depends on where and how you want to study, as well as your educational background.

Why study this course?

  • Launch a lifelong career in an internationally recognised profession - C.S.U.’s Bachelor of Social Work has full accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), meaning your qualification will be recognised throughout Australia. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW)
  • Our reputation - C.S.U. is a leading provider of social work education in Australia. While C.S.U. social work graduates can travel the world and work anywhere, they are often found at the heart of social welfare agencies and communities in rural and regional areas
  • Gain authentic experience - you will develop strong practical skills and hands-on learning through 1,000 hours of placement, offering you unique opportunities to observe, question and model social work behaviour
  • Broaden your horizons overseas - embark on a two-week social work tour or undertake a longer exchange program in a country such as India, South Korea, Samoa or Indonesia
  • Leading educators in social work - whether you’re attending a campus or studying online, you can be assured of quality learning support and personal contact from dedicated staff with extensive industry experience.

What will I study?

You will learn about people, communities, groups, social structures, how to think and communicate, and how to respond to need and opportunity. This course includes areas such as child protection, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, ethics, human rights, law, mental health, psychology, social policy, sociology and in-depth study of the methods and theories of social work.

The Bachelor of Social Work is offered on campus at Wagga Wagga, Dubbo and Port Macquarie, or you can take up online study to complement your work and lifestyle commitments.

At C.S.U., there are several pathways to gaining a social work degree. The course can be completed on campus as part of an integrated program with TAFE NSW Western Institute at Dubbo in the central west of New South Wales and TAFE NSW North Coast Institute at Port Macquarie. It is also offered as a TAFE articulated program with TAFE NSW North Coast Institute for students who have completed the TAFE Diploma of Community Services Work.

Career opportunities

Career prospects for social workers are excellent, and employment opportunities abound throughout Australia and overseas. As a C.S.U. social work graduate, you will be in high demand and could find employment in areas such as:

  • individual and group social counselling
  • case management
  • social administration and policy formation
  • social action and program planning
  • family work and rehabilitation
  • health, community services and corrections
  • disability advocacy
  • legal aid
  • research.

There are a wide range of employers, from welfare agencies and hospitals to local councils and government departments. You could work with individuals or assist a particular community group, such as children, older people, Indigenous people, migrants or refugees, or those affected by domestic violence, drug abuse or mental illness.

A growing number of social work graduates offer clinical services, education and consultation on a fee-for-service basis. You could also advance your career through postgraduate study or a higher degree by research.

Professional recognition

This course is approved and accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will be eligible for full accreditation and membership with AASW. Graduates are also eligible for membership of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

Please note: an IELTS of 7.0 is required by AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.

Workplace learning

Field education is a core element and a major part of the student's development of a professional identity. It provides an opportunity for students to observe, question and model social work behaviour. Each practicum is integrated with a subject covering social work theory and practice.

In order to meet the requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), students must complete 1,000 hours of supervised field education. This is undertaken in two practicums in approved agencies. Every attempt is made to accommodate students in placements close to their place of residence and to tailor the practicum to suit the schedules of individual students, but such placements cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

  • SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A
  • HCS303 Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS402 Social Work Field Education 2

Admission information

Indicative ATAR

65.00

Admission to the program will be through one of the following pathways:

  • The UAC ATAR 70.00 (65.00 if eligible for regional bonus) and VTAC systems or the University Admissions Office. Some students may be admitted through the Koori Admission program or other Indigenous University preparation programs.
  • For those students entering from secondary school, it is assumed that any one of the 2 unit subjects in English has been successfully completed in the Higher School Certificate.

Successful completion of one of the following two-year Diploma course (or similar):

  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Development
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Diploma of Disability
  • Diploma of Youth Work

Note: Some Diploma courses are not 2 years full-time equivalent – please check with the Course Director as to acceptability.

Advanced/graduate entry

Students must have a three-year Social Science related degree or its equivalent or have successfully completed two-thirds of a recognised Social Science related degree including the successful completion of at least one session length subject in each of the following areas:

  • Developmental psychology (or equivalent)
  • Sociology
  • Australian Government and politics and/or welfare politics, social policy and social philosophy, or Australian economic and social history
  • Research methods
  • The successful completion of 12 other relevant session-length subjects.

Subjects that are not satisfied in these prerequisites will need to be completed prior to entering the course.

OR

With the approval of the Course Director, some subjects that are not satisfied in these prerequisites may be completed within the degree with a commensurate reduction of credit granted on entry.

Integrated

Students must be concurrently enrolled with an affiliated institution in a course that will lead to the completion of a Diploma of Community Services.

Articulated

Students must have completed a Diploma of Community Services Work and be enrolled with an affiliated institution.

Please note: an IELTS of 7.0 is required by AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.

Program taught in:
  • English

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