Bachelor of Social Work

Deakin University

The Bachelor of Social Work equips you with the knowledge and skills to enhance the wellbeing of others through an understanding of policy, socioeconomic factors and social justice issues. If you are passionate about human rights and have a strong sense of social justice, this is the perfect course to begin your journey towards a rewarding career in social work. In this course, you will gain the skills to work effectively with individuals, families and communities to address key factors causing inequality. Enabling social change, you will help to improve the quality of life for those who need it most. With an emphasis on progressive, student-centred teaching practices, we ensure you will be learning the latest approaches and techniques for a career improving the lives of others. You will cover contemporary social topics including: human behaviour; public policy; processes and interventions; social justice. You will gain an understanding of a range of social research methods and contemporary health issues - learning how to design and conduct research relevant to social work practice. The practice education placements included within this course will give you invaluable experience as you learn from qualified social work practitioners who have a minimum of two years work experience. You will complete two placements of 500 hours each, in a variety of communities and workplaces in metropolitan and regional settings. This ensures you will gain multiple perspectives and will help you graduate job-ready. The Bachelor of Social Work is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification, so you will graduate with an entry qualification into the social work profession.

Course Fee:

International: $134,736

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Police check; Working with Children check. International students must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 7.


32 credit points of study, including two practice education units as part of the core units, each involving a minimum of 500 hours (across at least 65 days) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program. Failure of a practice education placement will normally lead to exclusion.

Subjects you can Study:

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Study Pathways:

H330 is a qualifying degree and does not have a formal pathway to further study. Graduates can however enrol in an HDR masters in social work or another discipline. Graduates of H430 can enrol in an HDR masters in social work or another discipline or an HDR doctoral program.

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Australian Association of Social Workers Ltd (AASW)

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Waterfront 64.5 No Online 4 years
Waterfront 64.5 No Full time 4 years
Waterfront 64.5 No Part time 9 years

Why study with us

Deakin is the number one university in Victoria for graduate satisfaction and among the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

With industry connections, world-class facilities and a practical approach to learning, Deakin students gain more than just a qualification – they graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

Facilities and services

Deakin has a reputation for cutting-edge technology, innovative facilities and flexible learning environments. There are five campuses – Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool and the Cloud Campus – offering students the flexibility to study in a location that suits them.

All students, regardless of their campus or mode of study, benefit from a range of valuable services including accommodation, financial assistance, health and wellbeing, and study and learning support. 

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Study options

As a Deakin student, you can choose from full-time, part-time or intensive study options across Deakin’s bachelor, postgraduate and research degrees. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad, explore cross-international study, gain an internship, or work in simulated environments to tailor your learning experience and get a head start in your dream career.

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