Bachelor of Social Work
Course summary for local students
|Year||2017 course information|
|Award granted||Bachelor of Social Work|
|Campus||Offered at Waterfront (Geelong)|
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Students who meet eligibility requirements will enrol in H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for their fourth year of study.
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017||$6,763 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017||Not applicable|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|CRICOS course code||015207F|
|VTAC Codes||1400415431 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400615431 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||H330|
|Approval status||This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.|
|Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition||The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.|
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course Learning Outcomes
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
- Work experience
A degree in social work gives you the skills to enhance the wellbeing of people, taking into account the influence of policy, socio-economic factors and social justice issues. You will also become familiar with a range of social research methods and learn how to design and conduct research directly relevant to social work practice.
At Deakin, the Bachelor of Social Work has a particular emphasis on human rights, anti-oppressive practice and the importance of critical reflection.
You will graduate with the professional recognition and the training you need to launch a rewarding career.
With a strong emphasis on progressive, innovative and student-centered teaching practices, we aim to develop highly professional social workers who are able to work alongside individuals, groups and communities to enable social changes that support all people to have a good life.
Social work is part of a growing human services field. As a Social Work graduate you may be involved in activities as diverse as policy development and research, counselling, family therapy, drug and alcohol counselling, community development, refugee assistance and tribunal capacities. Social workers also work as program managers or coordinators, as advocates, facilitators, activists or consultants. You may work in specialist areas such as health, housing, education, or with groups such as the aged, women, youth or multicultural populations.
Deakin’s Bachelor of Social Work is an Australian Association of Social Workers (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).
The Bachelor of Social Work is offered at pass or Honours level. Students who meet eligibility requirements can apply to enrol in Honours at completion of their third year. The key eligibility criterion being a WAM of 70 or above in the Bachelor of Social Work. H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is then completed in the fourth year where BSW students are expected to undertake a suite of research focused units. It is important to plan your pathway through the Bachelor of Social Work carefully to keep the option of Honours open for the final year. Please see Course Structure Level 4 H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for more information.
The course is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Students completing the course are eligible to apply for membership of AASW and can practise professionally throughout Australia.
Note: All information regarding professional recognition is accurate at the date of publication. Enquiries regarding accreditation and professional membership should be directed to the School of Health and Social Development in order to ascertain the current status of accreditation at any future point in time beyond publication. Representations about accreditation apply only to the course, and the AASW retains discretion as to who they admit as members of their association. Deakin University cannot exercise any control over membership of an external body.
Fees and charges
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
Social work is part of a growing human services field, with graduates working across local, state and federal government departments; in private and non-government human services organisations; and in various advocacy, policy making and tribunal capacities.
As a Social Work graduate you may be involved in activities as diverse as policy development and research, counselling, family therapy, drug and alcohol counselling, community development, refugee assistance and tribunal capacities. Social workers also work as program managers or coordinators, as advocates, facilitators, activists or consultants. You may work in specialist areas such as health, housing, education, or with groups such as the aged, women, youth or multicultural populations.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply a broad and coherent understanding in contemporary Australian and international contexts of the histories, aims, values, ethics, theories and practice approaches of social work. This knowledge is to cover all domains including working with individuals, families, groups, communities, management, research education and social policy. Practise social work reflectively according to the code of ethics and professional practice standards of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Evaluate and apply appropriate communication and interpersonal skills in a broad range of social work practice contexts and with a diversity of people, communities and organisations.
Use digital technology in social work practice ethically and appropriately, including in service provision and management, information acquisition and dissemination, and research and evaluation.
Analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge of social work theories, methods and skills, with an emphasis on critical social work with the goal of social change.
Apply social work knowledge and intervention skills to appropriately and creatively respond to the needs of individuals, groups and communities in diverse settings, client groups and geographic locations. Apply research knowledge and skills to evaluate evidence and contribute to the role of research in social work practice.
Engage in critical reflective, reflexive and responsive practice, demonstrating an awareness of social location and positioning of self and others. Demonstrate a developing sense of identity, integrity and self-management as a professional social worker in all areas of practice. Participate in on-going professional development including engaging in professional supervision.
Work and learn respectfully and inclusively in collaborative intra and inter disciplinary settings.
Engage in decolonising practises in order to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people as Traditional Owners of Australian lands. Evaluate and apply local and global knowledges of the social, political, cultural, legal and economic contexts of social work practice to respond effectively within a human rights and social justice framework. Work and learn across diverse social, cultural and political locations.
To complete the Bachelor of Social work students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1, 2, 3 or 4 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The course comprises 32 credit points which must include the following:
- 29 core units (these are compulsory)
- 3 elective units (you can choose which ones to study)
H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours):
- 30 core units including HSW401, HSW402, HSW404, HSW416 and HSW417 (these are compulsory)
- 2 elective units (you can choose which ones to study)
Failure of a field education placement will normally lead to exclusion.
Students should also be aware of the inherent requirements of the course.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
|AIP107||Introduction to Politics|
|ASC101||Introduction to Sociology A|
|HSW101||Introduction to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice A|
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|ASC102||Introduction to Sociology B|
|HSW111||Theories for Social Work Practice: Social Work Theory and Practice B|
|HSW118||Social Work Methods in Context: Social Work Theory and Practice C|
|HPS111||Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour|
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|AIP230||Understanding Public Policy|
|HSW221||Social Work Research in Ethical and Political Contexts|
|HSW235||Community Development: Social Work Theory and Practice D|
plus one elective
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|HSW201||Human Rights and Social Justice: Values, Ethics and the Legal Context of Social Work|
|HSW212||Social Work Processes and Interventions: Social Work Theory and Practice E|
|HSW219||Self and Society|
plus one elective
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|HSW314||Social Work Field Education A|
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|ASC304||Culture and Control: Boundaries and Identities|
|HSW313||Doing Critical Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice F|
|HSW316||Critical Social Policy|
|HSW322||Applied Social Research in Ethical and Political Context|
Level 4 - Pass stream
|HSW402||Critical Approaches to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice G|
|HSW434||Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context|
|HSW452||Working in Uncertainty: Social Work Theory and Practice H|
plus one elective
|HSW415||Social Work Field Education B|
Level 4 - H430 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
(CRICOS code: 088319E)
|HSW401||Social Work Research Methods|
|HSW402||Critical Approaches to Social Work: Social Work Theory and Practice G|
|HSW416||Social Work Honours Research Project A|
|HSW404||Social Work Field Education B Research Focused|
|HSW417||Social Work Honours Research Project B|
Elective units may be chosen from any faculty in the University provided that prerequisites are met. A maximum of 2 elective units may be studied at level 1.
Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Check
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy* all students are required to obtain a Police Records Check (PRC) each year prior to undertaking field placements. Students may also be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWC).
* Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Cloud (online) students are required to attend a minimum of 20 days of face to face time delivered during the four-year degree. Dates to be advised. Attendance requirements will also apply to some units in other modes of study, including campus, and community based delivery at the Institute of Koorie Education. See Handbook entries for details of individual units.
Entry requirements - general
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are available here.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
How to apply
Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017
Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.
Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application
If you are:
- not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
- applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.
a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Work Integrated Learning
Field education placements provide an opportunity for students to learn from experience under the supervision of qualified social work practitioners. During the course you will complete two field education placements of 500 hours each, totalling a minimum of 1000 hours that are conducted in a variety of communities and workplaces in metropolitan and regional settings. As social work at Deakin has a rural focus, one of the two fieldwork placements will have a rural focus.