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- Complete specialist units in child and family services, corrective services, disability services or services to young people.
- Complete 980 hours of extensive experience through professional placements including opportunities for overseas placements.
- Graduate eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
- Graduates receive international recognition as a social worker.
- For graduates: consider a 2 year Master of Social Work.
|QTAC course code||425042|
|QUT course code||SW04|
|Course duration||4 years full-time
8 years part-time
|Start month||2013 & 2014 February, July|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
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Why choose this course?
Social workers are passionate about solving problems that result in human suffering and injustice. They are advocates for the disadvantaged and actively seek to support individuals, families and communities experiencing hardship and anguish. Our teaching staff of social workers, counsellors, political activists and advocates offer a supportive learning environment that is grounded in real-world practice. During this course, you will critically analyse human society and develop processes for helping people from a range of backgrounds. You will then apply this knowledge to your selected area of specialisation, and prepare for your professional career with extensive work placement.
This course will prepare you to meet the challenges of life as a social worker. After foundation studies in human rights and ethics, contemporary social and community issues, advanced interpersonal communication, legal dimensions of social work, and social change and policy, you will complete specialist units in child and family services, corrective services, disability services, or services to young people.
You can also choose a study pathway that aligns with your career goals. The child protection pathway prepares you for practice in statutory child protection settings such as the Queensland Department of Child Safety. The international practice pathway allows you to study social work in an international context and complete professional placement overseas. The research pathway lets you apply your knowledge to research that improves social work practice and service.
You will gain extensive experience with 980 hours of professional practice. These placements are undertaken in a range of settings including public hospitals, youth agencies, the Child and Youth Mental Health Service, and the Department of Communities - Child Safety. Professional placements may be scheduled during the summer teaching period.
Social workers are employed in government, non-government and community organisations. Graduates are internationally recognised; they can apply for roles in clinical areas such as hospitals and mental health settings, and in non-clinical environments. They are highly-skilled for leadership and management roles and can have careers in child protection, youth services, corrective services, family support and counselling, Indigenous services, justice and legal services, community development, international aid, and social policy administration.
This is an Australian Association of Social Workers accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.
If you have already completed a bachelor degree in any discipline, the Master of Social Work offers an alternative pathway to becoming a registered social worker.
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Guide to entry cut-offs
Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:
We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).
Working with Children Check: blue card
You'll need to apply for a blue card because you'll be working with children or young people as part of this course. There's no cost if you apply through QUT.
Submit your blue card application to the QUT Student Centre as early as possible - ideally, as soon as you've received your offer.
If you don't receive your blue card before the start of a unit that requires contact with children, you may be unable to participate and your grades may be affected. You may also still have to pay fees for the unit.
Students will be required to undertake placements off campus and will need to cover travel and accommodation costs.
Clinical placements with Queensland Health
Students undertaking a clinical placement in a Queensland Health facility are required to complete The Essentials component of the student orientation package.
Did you get an OP 1-5?
If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.
Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.
2014: CSP $3,100 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
2013: CSP $3,000 (indicative) per Semester (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)
Student Services and Amenities Fee
You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.
HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees
You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.
Scholarships and financial support
You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.
These scholarships are available for this course:
You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments
How to apply for Bachelor of Social Work
You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.
Are you ready to submit your application?
You're ready if you've:
- Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
- Checked important dates.
- Checked you meet the entry requirements.
- Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.
All done? Then you're ready to apply.
Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (425042) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.
After you've submitted your application to QTAC
If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.