Bachelor of Social Work

University of New England UNE

This program provides graduates with the theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional social worker. Social workers typically work with disadvantaged and marginalised individuals, groups, and communities within a social justice framework in counselling, advocacy, and the enhancement of quality of life. Social work education is grounded within a framework that examines the nexus of human behaviour and complex social interactions. While covering all the core requirements of a professional social work degree, the Bachelor of Social Work provides a rural focused program, with additional focus on Indigenous peoples, child protection and law. This four year program draws together the fields of psychology, sociology, counselling, Indigenous studies and law with social work theory and practice.

Course Fee:

International: $105,000

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; Recommended study: English


192 credit points (equivalent to 32 standard units) including core units, and a choice of listed units or honours units. The course incorporates 1000 hours of supervised professional fieldwork experience over 2 placements in relevant social work settings and a 5 day mandatory intensive school will be attended during fieldwork placements.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Students may be eligible for credit (advanced standing) for previously completed studies. Students may be eligible to incorporate an Honours year, on the basis of academic merit. An exit pathway is available for eligible students

Further information:

Students undertaking Practical Fieldwork placements are required to complete a National Criminal History Check, and necessary adult vaccinations, per placement agency requirements; NSW Working with Children Check.


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00003G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Armidale No info Yes Full time 4 years
Armidale No info Yes Part time 8 years
Armidale No info Yes Online 8 years

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