Bachelor of Social Work

Victoria University (VU)

Social Work is a key profession in the promotion of social justice and social welfare in Australian society, and internationally. Social workers are involved with people at individual, family, and community levels to bring about change. Social workers require strong analytical skills and a high level of knowledge in order to understand and address the causes and dynamics of social disadvantage. At the same time, they require a large repertoire of skills for working with individuals, groups and communities to assist them in gaining greater control over resources and decision-making. The degree course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for contemporary social work practice. Upon completion of the course, students will have a strong grounding in the following areas: interpersonal and groupwork, community development, policy analysis, social research and social action. Industry-based education is an integral part of the teaching program and over the duration of the course, students will normally complete two field education placements in different human services agency settings. The Bachelor of Social Work course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Course Fee:

International: $93,600

Entry Requirements:

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English. International: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). TAFE/VET: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma). Mature Age: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.


384 credit points; 8 First Year Core units; 15 Core studies, 2 Field Education units (inclusive of 1000 hours of placement), 3 Advanced Professional units.

Subjects you can Study:

Social work

Study Pathways:

Bachelor of Social Work students may apply for credit transfer for previous studies. Students who believe they may be eligible for credit transfer, will need to consult with the course coordinator and unit coordinators for the relevant units. In accordance with Victoria University policy, students must complete a minimum of eight units of study in addition to Field Education placements.


Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates will also be eligible for membership with the AASW.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00124K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Footscray Nicholson No info Yes Part time 8 years
Footscray Nicholson No info Yes Full time 4 years
Victoria University is the only university in Australia to use the block teaching model, which has been in operation throughout Sweden and parts of North America for more than four decades.

First-year and second-year students at Victoria University complete one subject every four weeks, are assessed, and then proceed to the next four-week unit. Immersion in each subject allows students to master it, rather than juggling four units at once. From 2020, all students will be taught in this way.

Victoria University is one of only six Australian universities to combine higher education and vocational and further education with its Victoria University Polytechnic, which is based on multiple university campuses. The Polytechnic creates pathways direct to the workforce or to university degrees.

VU College offers English language courses, pathway diplomas and courses for international students at its Melbourne and Sydney campuses as well as offshore with international education partners.

Provider CRICOS: 00124K

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