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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 of a bachelor degree in any discipline 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||2015 & 2016 February, July|
|Deferment||You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.|
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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. 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 980 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The recent federal budget has proposed a number of changes to the funding of higher education which, if implemented, will impact upon costs to Commonwealth supported students from 1 January 2016. Eligible students will still be able to use HECS-HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) to defer payment. It is important to note that the changes are proposals only, subject to the passage of Commonwealth legislation. QUT will be in a position to consider fees for 2016 and beyond once the legislation has been through the houses of parliament. Proposed changes to tuition fees.
2016: CSP rates will be available from 1 October 2015 (subject to annual review)
2015: CSP $3,100 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.
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.
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