Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

RMIT University

This course prepares students for effective professional practice in social work and related practice areas leading to employment in human service work, health, government and community-based agencies. Students learn to apply interdisciplinary knowledge about Australian society, social problems and human needs to work towards a socially just society. Field education forms a large component of the social work degree, allowing students to develop practical experience, networks, and career opportunities and achieve employment outcomes. Students undertake 140 days of work placements within human service and community service organisations. There is opportunity for these to be based interstate or overseas. In the final year, students undertake a research project in their chosen area of social work practice. Students complete the four-year course with a professional qualification in social work and an Honours degree.

Course Fee:

Australian: $107,520
International: $115,200

Entry Requirements:

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.


Many courses, particularly in the first year, are taken in common with students from psychology, international studies, youth work and legal studies. This program includes the follow areas of study: Social sciences - including sociology, politics, social theory, social policy and psychology; Theory and practice - a sequence of courses that span the 4 years and that share an explicit set of values and theoretical approaches related to social justice; Field education - professional placements that develop your practical experience, networks and, career opportunities and employment outcomes; Specialisation - pursue your chosen opportunities to pursue areas of interest in greater depth; Policy and research - courses in research, program evaluation and policy development.

Subjects you can Study:

Community work, Cross-cultural studies, Human rights and advocacy, Indigenous studies, International studies, Organisational studies, Politics, Professional practice, Psychology, Research methods, Social policy, Social sciences, Social theory, Social work, Society.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the following RMIT programs are eligible for exemptions (subject to certain criteria): Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Diploma of Community Services (Case Management), Advanced Diploma of Interpreting, Advanced Diploma of Translating, Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Financial Counselling.

Further information:

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include social worker, counsellor advocate, case manager, child protection officer, human resource manager, social policy officer, policy adviser, community worker, community development manager, mediator.


This program 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 (ASWEAS). Graduates are eligible for membership of this professional association.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
City 60.35 No Part time
City 60.35 No Full time 4 years

Why Study With Us

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with industry and the community.

RMIT is renowned for its excellence in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.

RMIT prides itself on its strong industry connections forged over 130 years. Collaboration with industry is integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

RMIT is a values-led institution and is dedicated to operating sustainably, respecting Indigenous cultures and supporting intellectual freedom. 

RMIT has outstanding teachers and is one of the top ranked universities for staff qualification.

Facilities & Services

RMIT’s three campuses in Melbourne (City, Brunswick and Bundoora) are located on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation.

As a global university, RMIT has two campuses in Vietnam and a research and industry collaboration centre in Spain. We also offer programs through partners in Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Belgium, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

Our cutting-edge facilities, including the newly opened New Academic Street, Swanston Academic Building and Design Hub represent our commitment to developing world-class learning, teaching, training and research spaces.

Students have instant access to a range of activities and programs designed to make the university experience unforgettable.

The support services and networks available at RMIT are designed to help students succeed and remain healthy and happy.

Student services include:

  • International student support and personal counselling
  • Career advice and resume building workshops
  • Job opportunities and industry networking events
  • Accommodation assistance 
  • Disability services
  • Financial advice
  • Small business and entrepreneurial start up support 
  • Health information 
  • Safety and security services
  • Legal advice
  • Child care
  • Student clubs and social, cultural and sporting activities
  • Spiritual support.

Admission and selection

Applying to RMIT? Local and international students can access all information on the RMIT website

Study options

At RMIT, you'll experience an education that equips you with practical skills, inspires you with ideas and prepares you for the workplaces of the future. RMIT connects students with industry mentors and collaborate on projects with real organisations so that you can advance your career. 

RMIT provides you with a diverse range of education options, from apprenticeships, traineeships and certificates to associate and bachelor degrees, and postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. 

Interest areas include:

The university also has a range of pathway programs that allow students to work their way from one program to another until they reach the degree they want. Our pathways are more than just regular pre-university programs – many give students guaranteed entry into higher qualifications, and credit to reduce the cost and time needed to complete a degree.

If you would like any further information, please complete an enquiry form for local or international students. 


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