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Guide to entry cut-offs



  • Complete elective units in child and family services, disability, health and mental health care, and social policy.
  • Complete 1000 hours of extensive experience through professional placements including opportunities for overseas placements.
  • Graduates receive international recognition as social worker and are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • For graduates of a bachelor degree which includes the equivalent of at least one year of full-time studies in social sciences, consider the 2 year Master of Social Work.
QTAC course code425042
QUT course code SW04
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2017 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 working with individuals and groups, families and communities to address social problems and achieve positive change. They play a key role in advocating for social justice and human rights. Social workers provide a wide range of services that assist people who are distressed or overwhelmed. Problems may include family conflict, poverty and financial difficulties, homelessness, mental health issues, substance use and disadvantage. Social work takes place in different fields of professional practice - locally, nationally, and internationally. Examples include hospitals and community health care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' health and social services, disability, child protection, youth work, criminal justice, employment and refugee wellbeing. Social workers actively seek to improve society through policy, education and research.

Why choose this course?

This course will prepare you to meet the challenges associated with being a social worker in real-world practice. Our teaching staff includes experienced social workers and human services professionals with distinguished careers that embrace clinical work, education and research through to political activism and advocacy. During this course you will critically analyse human society and develop knowledge, skills and processes for helping people from a range of diverse backgrounds.

After important foundation studies, you will complete elective units in child and family services, disability, health and mental health care, and social policy. You may choose electives that align with your career goals and the fields of practice that you wish to work in on graduation. Available electives include domestic violence, Indigenous knowledge, socio-legal practice, youth work, child protection and family practice, and international social work.

You will gain extensive experience with 1,000 hours of supervised professional practice. Two field placements are undertaken during the course in a range of practice fields, including hospitals, youth agencies, disability organisations, the Child and Youth Mental Health Service, and government departments. International placements are also possible. Professional placements may be scheduled during the summer teaching period.

Honours pathway

At the end of the second year of study in this course you will have the option to apply for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours). Entry to the program is competitive, based on grade point average. On entry to the course you will retain all of the credit you have successfully completed in the Bachelor of Social Work and will complete a further two years of full-time study which will include an honours research project.

Career outcomes

With this nationally and internationally recognised qualification, graduates may find employment in many government and non-government agencies, the not-for-profit sector and community organisations. Social workers are employed as clinicians in hospitals and mental healthcare services. Recovery-led community agencies also employ social workers. Social workers have leadership and management skills and work within teams in a diverse range of settings. They can enjoy careers in child protection, youth services, the criminal justice system, family support and counselling, and legal services. They are active in community development, policy development and implementation, administration and international development.

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.

Blue card: you will need a valid blue card to complete practical placements in this course. 

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Alternative entry

If you have already completed a bachelor degree which includes the equivalent of one year (8 units) of full-time studies in social science, the Master of Social Work offers an alternative pathway to becoming a registered social worker.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 10

Rank 79

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. 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.



2017: CSP $6400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may 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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