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Bachelor of Social Work (Pass and Honours)

Australian Catholic University
Program overview
4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
Brisbane
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Canberra
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Strathfield
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Program description

Bachelor of Social Work (Pass and Honours)

The four year Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 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). The Bachelor of Social Work provides education in social work that is informed by a critical understanding of the social science disciplines and orientated to the professional values and practices of the social work profession. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on social justice, human rights, and on achieving the best possible outcomes for the most marginalized and disadvantaged members of the community.

Career paths

ACU Bachelor of Social Work graduates are regarded by employers as ‘ready’ to begin social work practice in a variety of areas such as community development, group work, family work, case-management, policy analysis and development, research, social action and program planning. Social workers may also work in different areas of practice such as:

  • Family work
  • Youth and child welfare services
  • Medical and health services
  • Disability services
  • Psychiatric and general mental health
  • Community services
  • Aged care
  • Income support
  • Mediation
  • Research

Admission requirements

Essential requirements for admission

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Applicants require the equivalent of Australian Year 12 certificate and an overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all sub-tests).

English language requirements

An overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all sub-tests) or equivalent.


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Program content

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).

About this institute

Australian Catholic University

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public university in Australia which aims to empower students to think critically and ethically, and to gain the skills to bring about change in their communities, industries, and professions. ACU is funded by the...


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