Bachelor of Social Work - Honours

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. On 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.

Course Fee:

International: $83,200

Entry Requirements:

Completion of the first three years of ABSW Bachelor of Social Work or equivalent with at least half of the completed Bachelor of Social Work units passed with a distinction average. International: PLUS IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).


384 credit points; 96 credit points of First Year Core studies; 156 credit points Core Social Work studies; 2 x 36 credit points Field Education studies (1,000 hours of Placement); 60 credit points of Research studies.

Subjects you can Study:

Interpersonal and groupwork; community development; policy analysis; social research; social action.

Study Pathways:

Students accepted into the course will receive credit for all units already undertaken in their Bachelor of Social Work, normally consisting of a full three years of credit.


Australian Association of Social Workers

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Footscray Nicholson No info No
Footscray Nicholson No info No Part time 8 years
Footscray Nicholson No info No 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.

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