Bachelor of Social Work

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Program Description

If you're a practising or aspiring health services manager seeking a formal qualification to complement your previous qualifications or experience, the Master of Health Services Management from Charles Sturt University is for you. Offered online, this degree provides advanced knowledge and understanding of the Australian healthcare system.

Designed to accommodate students from diverse occupational groups, the course can be tailored to meet your professional development needs, or you can focus on an area of personal interest.

This course is part of an articulated programme of study. Articulated programmes allow you to build on your study to achieve the right level of qualification for you.

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Course highlights

The Bachelor of Social Work at Charles Sturt University is a highly regarded and practical course that enables you to enter a profession of critical importance in guiding and supporting individuals, families and whole sectors of our varied communities.

  • Make a difference: 
    Graduates of this social work course are valued members of both their profession and the communities in which they work, engaging with people to address life’s challenges and enhance wellbeing through a commitment to social justice and human rights.
  • Outstanding reputation: 
    Charles Sturt University is a leading provider of social work education in Australia. While Charles Sturt University social work graduates can work throughout the world, they are often found at the heart of communities in rural and regional areas. Our academic staff are highly regarded in social work education, drawing on their extensive industry experience to support your learning. Your studies will also incorporate academic research that‘s impacting on contemporary policy and social work practice.
  • Practical learning: 
    Develop strong practical skills and hands-on learning through 1000 hours of supported workplace learning, which offers unique opportunities to observe, question and model social work behaviour. This course includes subject 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.
  • Entry and credit pathways: 
    Students with relevant diploma qualifications may earn credit into our online and on-campus programs. The Bachelor of Social Work can also be completed on campus as part of an integrated program with TAFE NSW at Dubbo and Port Macquarie.

Professional recognition

This course is approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will be eligible for full membership with the 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 the AASW to obtain employment as a social worker in Australia for those coming from overseas and is recommended for international students undertaking accredited degrees.

The course was last accredited in 2015 and is due for re-accreditation in 2020.

Career opportunities

Our Bachelor of Social Work will equip you to work with a diverse range of individuals, groups and communities in a variety of settings to make a difference to their quality of life.

  • Break down barriers, shape policy and conduct research: Improve the livelihoods of individuals and groups, including children, older people, Indigenous people, migrants or refugees, or those affected by domestic violence, drug abuse or mental illness. You can do this through direct practice, policy formation, social action and program planning.
  • Make a difference in the public or private sector: Advocate for the community through legal aid programs, health and community services, housing and corrections, or provide individual and group counselling, case management and disability advocacy.
  • Establish your own practice: A growing number of social work graduates offer clinical services, education and consultation on a fee-for-service basis.

Credit and pathways

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

Bachelor of Social Work: Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise specified.

Integrated Pathway

Students concurrently enrolled with an affiliated institution in a course leading to the completion of a Diploma of Community Services will receive Forward Credit (FCR) to the value of 64 points.

The 64 points which are granted is made up as follows:

  • HCS103 Fields of Practice
  • HCS111 Introduction to Human Services
  • PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services
  • SOC102 Social Inequality
  • WEL118 Human Services Organisations
  • XYZ03C Three (3) unspecified elective subjects (24 points)

Evidence of enrolment with the affiliated institution must be provided at the time of application for admission. Forward Credit will be converted to Transfer Credit (TCR) on the provision of evidence of completion of the Diploma.

Articulated Pathway

Credit to the value of 64 points is granted upon entry to applicants who have successfully completed a Diploma of Community Services (or other human services diploma assessed as appropriate by the Course Director).

The 64 points which are granted is made up as follows:

  • HCS103 Fields of Practice
  • HCS111 Introduction to Human Services
  • PSY111 Foundations of Psychology for Health & Human Services
  • SOC102 Social Inequality
  • WEL118 Human Services Organisations
  • XYZ03C Three (3) unspecified elective subjects (24 points)

"There was a huge range in all our subjects, plus electives. I can definitely say I'm ready for the workforce. CSU has given me the foundations but I'll be learning my whole life."
Kathleen Gaisford - Bachelor of Social Work

Subjects

For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 256 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

  • An ATAR of 65 (including adjustment factors)

OR

  • Successful completion of two University level subjects (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies

OR

  • A completed AQF Certificate III or higher-level qualification undertaken post-secondary schooling.

OR

  • 50% completion of an AQF Diploma level qualification

OR

  • Successful completion of a Tertiary Preparation Course from an Australian University or an accredited provider demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in these studies

OR

  • Successful completion of the Charles Sturt University Indigenous Access Program

OR

  • Successful application via the Schools Recommendation Scheme

English language requirements

You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most Charles Sturt University courses by doing one of the following:

  • Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English.
  • Obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5.
  • Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.

Please note: While Charles Sturt University standard English Language Proficiency requirements satisfy the entry criteria for this degree, an academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 7 and with no score below 7 in each of the individual skill areas may be required by the AASW for employment purposes, in accordance with its English Language Policy.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

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