Bachelor of Social Work

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 2 locations

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
 7.0 minimum overall score (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands)
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2025, February 2026, February 2027


If you’re interested in human rights, social justice, and changing lives for the better, then you should consider social work. As a social worker you will improve individual and community wellbeing by addressing challenges such as inequality, discrimination, violence and other types of harassment. An embedded honours program is available from third year for high-achieving students.

There has never been a better time to study Health Sciences, with State and Territory governments and other external bodies offering various scholarships and support at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Check out these initiatives and others , and don’t forget to look at ACU’s own scholarships.

Professional experience

You will be required to complete 1000 hours of supervised field education and training.

Work placement

Field education placement is a core element of a student's development of a professional identity. It provides an opportunity for you to observe, question and model social work behaviour and to translate social work theory into practice, and to apply knowledge drawn from other subjects.

You will complete 35 hours of community engagement project work in the second year of this degree. In the third and fourth years of the degree, you’ll complete 1000 hours of professional experience field placements in social work and/or human service settings in a range of organisations, supervised by a social work practitioner.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Work degree is an AASW-accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

All graduates of the course are eligible for membership of the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers).


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • community development
  • group work
  • mental health
  • hospital social work
  • child protection
  • family work
  • case management
  • policy analysis and development
  • research
  • social action
  • program planning
  • community welfare sector

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Commencing Semester 1

  • Specified Foundation UnitsPSYC100Foundations of Psychology10 cp
  • Specified Foundation UnitsSOCS100Introduction to Sociology10 cp
  • Specified Foundation UnitsHLSC120Indigenous Health and Culture10 cp
  • Social Work UnitsSWTP108Purpose and Context of Social Work and Human Services10 cp
  • Specified Foundation UnitsPSYC101Applications of Psychology10 cp
  • Specified Foundation UnitsSOCS101Global Society and Change10 cp
  • Social Work UnitsSWTP109Human Rights and Social Justice in Social Work and Human Services10 cp
  • Core Curriculum UnitsCore Curriculum Unit 1See the ACU Core Curriculum page for details 10 cp

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in this unit.

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed 230 cp from units, and 10 cp from Core Curriculum units may exit from the course with the following qualification:

  • Bachelor of Human Services

Entry requirements

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International applicants

Applicants require the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate. Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.


The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program is embedded into years 3 and 4 of the Bachelor of Social Work (Pass) program. To be eligible to apply for admission to the honours program, a student must have completed 160 cp from years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Social Work pass degree, with a grade point average of at least 5.5 on the ACU seven point scale.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (see English Language Proficiency).

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

There is a range of masters degree programs in advanced areas of practice in both social work and related disciplines (e.g. management, public health, mental health, therapeutic interventions). Opportunities for higher degree research programs include MPhil and for those with honours, PhD.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3260
  • Average first year fee: $26080
  • Estimate total cost: $104320

The tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

International applicants


Apply through UAC

UAC code 103202

Direct application

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Information on the application procedure

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.


Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Staff Profile

Ms Natalie Morton

Senior Lecturer, Social Work, School of Allied Health

Ms Natalie Morton has been curious about narrative ways of working since the late 1980s. When working as a social worker and family therapist, she first heard about Michael White and David Epston and their contemporary, innovative and post-modern therapeutic response to supporting people experiencing emotional and psychological distress, marginalisation and vulnerability. Since then, whilst working as an independent narrative therapist, Ms Morton was fortunate to participate in training with Michael White during the 1990s and 2000s, and later completed a Masters in Narrative Therapy and Community Work in 2015. She is in the final stages of PhD studies, with the PhD topic exploring parent experiences after permanent child removal. Currently working as a senior lecturer at Australian Catholic University, Natalie strives to express narrative ways of working in all the areas of her practice.


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