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Bachelor of Social Welfare

A challenging and rewarding career that actively focuses on social change and community wellbeing awaits those whose skills in empathy and communication lead them to the human services sector.

Our Bachelor of Social Welfare will enable you to develop your skills in social welfare practice with children and young people, in the health and disability sectors and with Indigenous communities. You will gain on the job experience in placements working with individuals, groups, and organisations – helping people resolve problems and improving their outlook.

Graduates of this course will have opportunities to use their transferable skills for a variety of career outcomes in human services – from working directly with people in their homes or facilities, to creating policy to improve society.

Domestic

General

  • Course code: 3007268
  • Course abbreviation: BSocWelf
  • Credit points: 288
  • Equivalent units: 24

Duration & Fees

ATAR

  • Indicative ATAR: 68

OP

  • Indicative OP: 13

International

General

  • Course code: 3007268
  • Course abbreviation: BSocWelf
  • Credit points: 288
  • Equivalent units: 24

Duration & Fees

  • Duration: 3 years full-time
  • Fees:
    • Gold Coast - $25,200 ($3,150 per unit)

CRICOS Code

Admission Requirements

CategoryScore
Overall Score6.5
Reading6.0
Writing6.0
Listening6.0
Speaking6.0

Course Overview

Career Opportunities

As welfare and community workers in various roles within the community services sector. These include government and non-government positions in fields such as child protection, disability services, housing services, youth work, aged care, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, community engagement, mental health services, and domestic violence services.

Professional Recognition

The course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Graduates are eligible to join ACWA.

Professional Placement

In line with ACWA requirements, students undertake 400 hours of supervised on-the-job training. This is completed in two separate organisations in different fields of practice so that students gain a diversity of experience.

Placements may include working across a variety of client groups, such as older people, or young people and families at the individual, group, organisational or community level of practice. Students may undertake placements in social welfare settings such as child protection, drugs and alcohol, criminal justice, community education, housing, emergency relief, family interventions and domestic violence.

All students must obtain a National Police Check and Working with Children Check and most agencies require students to have a driver's licence.

Major Areas of Study

Students choose a major from the following options:

  • Working with Children and Youth 
  • Health and Disability
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Mental Health
  • No major option - students choose three core units from other majors plus four elective units from any undergraduate degree offered by the University.

Please note that some units in this course are offered exclusively online.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods may include essays, research reports, case analysis, assessment of capabilities on field placement, recording of interviewing skills.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Please note: Students who undertake the course online are required to attend one three-day residential workshop on campus for the unit Counselling Theory and Practice (CSL00231) to be held as follows:

In Session 2, 2019 students can chose to attend one of the following three workshops.

  • Friday 30 August to Sunday 1 September, Lismore campus 
  • Friday 6 to Sunday 8 September, Coffs Harbour campus
  • Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September, Gold Coast campus, or

In Session 3, 2019 the workshop will be held Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December at the Gold Coast campus.

Intakes list:

Domestic intakes
2019 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR yes yes
ONLINE yes yes
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
Domestic intakes
2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE yes yes
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
International intakes
2018 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad
International intakes
2019 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
GOLD COAST yes yes
LISMORE
COFFS HARBOUR
ONLINE
Study Options
  • online
  • on campus
  • post grad
  • under grad

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