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Overview

  • Complete elective units in domestic violence, Indigenous health, child protection and family practice, and international social work practice.
  • Complete 1000 hours of professional placement including opportunities to travel overseas.
  • 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 code 425042
QUT course code SW04
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Faculty
  • Faculty of Health
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CRICOS code 063034B
Careers
  • 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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Details

Social workers are passionate about working with individuals, families, and communities to identify strategies that can facilitate progressive change. They understand how social, political, economic, environmental and cultural factors can impact wellbeing. Human rights and social justice are at the heart of social work; advocating to eliminate inequality and discrimination is a key role. Social workers respond to a wide range of social issues including family conflict, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, poverty and financial difficulties, homelessness, mental health issues, substance use, grief and loss, disability and eco-social work.

Why choose this course?

You will develop the knowledge, skills and values to work towards social justice and social change in complex environments. You will graduate job ready, with 1000 hours of professional placement that allows you to explore career paths that include direct support services, advocacy services and policy development. Our students also have the unique opportunity to work alongside health professionals at QUT Health Clinics to deliver important services to the local community who are accessing the low-vision optometry clinic. Placements may also be completed in rural and remote communities, or overseas.

During this course, you will have the flexibility to choose five elective units in key areas of practice. Options include domestic violence, Indigenous health, child protection and family practice, and international social work practice. You may also be able to complete electives in complementary areas such as public health or psychology and counselling.

You will be taught by experienced social workers and human services professionals who have a proud history of providing services to vulnerable communities from a foundation of respect, social justice and human rights. They have distinguished careers in clinical work, political activism and advocacy, education and research.

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). This allows you to complete an honours research project that extends your knowledge of the professional field, offering a competitive advantage in your career. 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.

Career outcomes

This is an internationally recognised qualification and graduates may find employment locally, nationally, or overseas. Social workers may work in hospitals and community health care, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and social services, disability, child protection, youth work, criminal justice, family support and counselling, employment and legal services, and refugee wellbeing.

Double degrees

You can widen your career possibilities even further by pairing this degree with one in psychology.

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

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry cut-offs

These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

OP 10
Rank 79
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Speaking 6.0
Writing 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall 6.5

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

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.

 

2018: $29,100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

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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  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

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