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Guide to entry cut-offs



  • Complete specialist units in child and family services, corrective services, disability services or services to young people.
  • Complete 1000 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 of a bachelor degree in any discipline consider a 2 year Master of Social Work.
QTAC course code425042
QUT course code SW04
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2016 February, July

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact Student Business Services (SBS) Admissions:
CRICOS code 063034B
  • Aged Services Worker
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Corrective Services Officer
  • Health Policy Officer
  • Health Services Manager
  • Human Services Practitioner
  • Social Scientist
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker

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Social workers are passionate about solving the problems that cause human suffering and injustice. They are advocates for the disadvantaged and actively seek to support individuals, families and communities experiencing hardship and anguish. Social workers often assist clients who are experiencing difficulty as a result of their current situation. This may include loss of employment, natural disaster, chronic disease, migration or imprisonment. They also actively seek to improve human rights and social justice through policy, education and research.

Why choose this course?

This course will prepare you to meet the challenges of life as a social worker. 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. After important foundation studies, you will complete specialist units in child and family services, corrective services, disability services or services for 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. The international practice pathway allows you to study social work in an international context and complete a 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 1000 hours of professional practice. These placements are undertaken in a range of settings including 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.

Career outcomes

With this internationally recognised qualification, graduates may find employment in many government agencies, and not-for-profit and community organisations. They work 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 and social policy and administration.

Professional recognition

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.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them.

Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Alternative entry

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.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 11

Rank 76

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

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.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.



2016: CSP $3,200 per Study Period (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.

More information on the SSAF

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.

Find out 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:

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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:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. 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.

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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.


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