Bachelor of Social Work

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

The course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, families, groups and communities. In particular, students will gain practical skills to work effectively and safely with communities in situations where resources are limited due to geographic location (remoteness), social circumstances, emergency situations or regional disaster. Themes running through the course include multi-disciplinary practice, cross cultural practice and working in virtual contexts. Students will exit the four year program with eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Course Fee:

International: $98,400

Entry Requirements:

NTCET or equivalent (Year 12) and an ATAR of 60 or higher; or Certificate IV or above; or STAT score of 135 or greater; or submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience; or 6 months of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma; or completion of 40 credit points in the Preparation for Tertiary Study Program (ZTEP01), the Preparation for Tertiary Success (ZPTS11 or ZPTS21), or other recognised tertiary preparation course.


The course is comprised of 320 credit points of core, common and elective units including introductory units in social work, psychology and sociology, direct practice with individuals and groups, community work and community development, theories of social work practice, legal issues, social policy and remote and regional practice. The core units include practical skill development combined with theoretical knowledge. Students will undertake two practicums, one in the statutory and one in NGO sectors in direct contact with clients and in social policy/ research roles.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Prior to commencing the final year students with a GPA of credit or above will be eligible to apply for transfer to the Bachelor of Social Work Honours

Further information:

Criminal History check: Students must obtain a Working with Children Clearance notice (Ochre Card) and have cleared a Police Check before they can undertake placements. Students whose Police Checks are not cleared will not be able to undertake placements and will not therefore be able to complete the requirements of the course.


Graduates are eligible to join the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

Related Careers:

Social Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Casuarina No info Yes Full time 4 years
Casuarina No info Yes Part time 8 years
Casuarina No info Yes Online
Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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