Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

University of Newcastle

This program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and theory necessary for employment as a Social Worker. All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for ungraded Honours. Graded Honours is determined by the cumulative WAM and results in the research courses.

Course Fee:

International: $120,380

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; selection based on ATAR or equivalent; Mathematics is recommended for the Psychology courses.


Students complete 320 units over four years (80 units per year). Social Work courses are taken as an integrated program. Students work in small groups on a graded set of experience-based learning units. They undertake two placements of 70 days each, one in each of the third and fourth years of the program.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the Diploma of Community Service Work, Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health) and Diploma of Youth Work may be eligible for up to 70 units credit.


The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (Ltd). Undergraduate students can join the Australian Association of Social Workers (Ltd) as an associate member and become a full member when they graduate.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00109J

Related Careers:

Social Worker,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan 67.05 No Full time 4 years
Ourimbah No info No Part time 8 years
Ourimbah No info No Full time 4 years
Callaghan 67.05 No Part time 8 years

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