Undergraduate

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Develop skills to help achieve socially just outcomes and change to individuals and communities

Majors available

Social Work major

The Social Work major forms the basis for the Bachelor of Social Work degree and aims to capture knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, social sciences, public health and of course the contemporary social work field.  

It offers both core social work units and a variety of suggested broadening units to allowing you to immerse yourself in thinking, critiquing and creating social work knowledge, applying to practice based scenarios and field placements. Social workers are concerned with psychosocial problems; their causes, their solutions and their human impacts.

Social workers work with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities, and are committed to social justice and human rights. In their practice, social workers deal with diverse issues such as the personal experience of people in difficulty, working with them towards effecting appropriate change. They are also concerned with broader organisational and social aspects of disadvantage, which impinge on the experience of individuals, and they seek to bring about change at community and policy levels in accordance with the values of the social work profession. It is a challenging, but potentially very rewarding profession, which attracts people with a high level of social commitment who are looking for a job in which they can put that commitment into practice in a positive and significant way.  

UWA is working with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) to ensure the Bachelor of Social Work meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards and are currently undergoing accreditation to deliver the course in 2024. 

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Fees and scholarships

Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual course fee
2024
Commonwealth Supported Place $9,845.65

Eligible Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) students can use the HECS-HELP loan program to pay their tuition fees. For Full-Fee Paying (FFP) places, students are charged an annual course fee.

Find out more information about tuition fees, or visit the fee calculator for a more accurate cost.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

International Student Fees

Indicative first year fee
2024
$40,100.00

Find out more about tuition fees or visit the fee calculator for the estimated total course fee.

Note, tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to increase up to 7.5 per cent per annum.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Careers and further study

Entry requirements

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for this course you need to: 

  • achieve a minimum ATAR of 75
  • demonstrate English language competence. Note that applicants presenting with IELTS require a score of 7.0 with no individual band less than 7.0; applicants presenting with iBT require a score of 94 overall with 27 for writing, 23 for speaking, and 24 for reading and listening; applicants presenting with PTE require a score of 70 with nothing below 70.

View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.

Admission entry to UWA 

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.

 

About the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

The Bachelor of Social Work develops your skills and knowledge to bring about positive change and socially just outcomes in the wellbeing of individuals, organisations and communities. Equipping you with the skills to advocate for and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. Built in collaboration with industry, UWA's Bachelor of Social Work will equip you with the skills for a successful career.

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Quick details

STATUS
  • Available in 2024
MINIMUM ATAR
  • 75 or equivalent
INTAKE
  • February and July
LOCATIONS
  • Perth, online and regional WA Hubs
DURATION
  • 4 years full time or part-time equivalent
COURSE CODES UWA/TISC
  • BH017/UH017
CRICOS
  • 114339C
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Why study Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work develops your skills and knowledge to bring about positive change and socially just outcomes in the wellbeing of individuals, organisations and communities.  Equipping you with the skills to advocate for and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities.  

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Flexible Study

The Bachelor of Social Work offers flexible learning options to suit your circumstance. You can choose to study our course on-campus or online, and if you are from regionally, we have online learning supported in regional hubs around WA to support you.

You'll learn to

  • Act in accordance with social work knowledge, values and ethics within a human rights framework
  • Apply knowledge of human behaviour and society, as well as the social, cultural, political, legal, economic and global contexts of practice to respond effectively within a human rights and social justice framework
  • Apply and transfer knowledge across different fields of social work practice 
  • Critically and reflexively apply knowledge within a framework of ethical practice 
  • Effectively use a range of communication and interpersonal skills in diverse settings with diverse groups and individuals 
  • Apply evidence based and research knowledge in practice 
  • Apply appropriate knowledge and select relevant theories and methods to address complex and sensitive social issues and individual problems to achieve socially just outcomes
  • You'll also successfully complete 1000 hours of field education placements 

Practical Placements

As part of your degree, you will complete      1, 000 hours of practical placements in various industries. Our immersive placements are designed to equip you with the essential skills and hands-on knowledge required to establish effective working relationships and enhance your professional expertise in the field of social work.

Bachelor of Social Work

A pathway for you. A place for you

This course is available for Experience-based entry

Together with this course, you can also apply for a select number of our undergraduate bachelor's degrees.

Through our Experience-based entry, we will assess all your academic achievements, qualifications and life experiences using a point system, where points will be awarded for each item submitted, and the total number of points will determine your eligibility.

Click here to find out more about how Experience-based entry works, courses available, check your eligibility and see our FAQs.

A pathway for you. A place for you
Bachelor of Social Work

Accreditation

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

Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Top 5 reasons to study

  1. Social work is in the top 25 high-growth industries in Australia*
  2. The combination of coursework units and high-quality placements in the field presents you with the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills and develop a sense of identity as a practitioner
  3. Taught by highly qualified, award-winning staff who are passionate about teaching and learning
  4. Social workers promote change at individual, community and policy levels and assist people to create positive outcomes
  5. You'll be taught using creative case study and evidence-informed methodologies, highlighting contemporary approaches to practice and research

 

 

*Australian Government, 2022, Employment Projections

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)