University of New England

Bachelor of Social Work

University of New England
Institution rating
From 4 yearsfull-time(part-time available)
Study mode
Next start date

Course description

  • Develop the skills to work as a Social Worker within hospitals, government agencies or community-based support agencies
  • Learn how to address barriers and injustices faced by groups who are often socially excluded in our society
  • Gain practical skills through hands on experience during work placements


This course is accredited with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Entry requirements

Mature Age Applicants

  • Applicants who have undertaken higher education qualifications (complete or incomplete) including Diplomas, Associate Degrees, Bachelor Degrees, and/or postgraduate courses may be considered for admission to UNE based on their Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Applicants who have undertaken Vocational Education and Training (VET) through a Registered Training Organisation may be considered for admission. When assessing your eligibility for University entry, UNE will take a number of factors into account, including the level and type of qualification (preferably a Certificate IV or above), whether it was graded or ungraded, and whether the qualification was successfully completed.
  • Applicants who are uncertain of whether they meet the selection criteria are encouraged to contact UNE directly to discuss their circumstances and the alternate entry options available to them.

Year 12 Applicants

  • Guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank: 72.55; AND
  • Assument knowledge is any 2 units of English

Where is this course offered?

This course is delivered entirely online, so you can:

  • Study from anywhere and choose when you want to fit study into your week
  • Access all study materials, assessments, and student support services
  • Achieve the same qualification as someone studying in a classroom

Find out more about online courses and the benefits of studying online.

Course details

Entry requirements
  • Successful completion of Year 12 with a guaranteed ATAR Selection Rank of 72.55 as well as any 2 units of English; OR
  • Previously undertaken higher education qualification (complete or incomplete); OR
  • Previously undertaken Vocational Education and Training (VET) through a Registered Training Organisation
Next start dateMarch
Duration4 years
Study modeOnline
Education institutionUniversity of New England
PriceThe course price can vary depending on a few factors. To find out more, contact the course provider.

What you’ll learn

During this course you will:

  • Gain the theoretical and practical skills required to work as a professional social worker
  • Learn to address barriers, inequality and injustices faced by many groups in society
  • Practice using a social justice and trauma-informed framework in counselling, advocacy and community development
  • Examine the dynamic interaction of human behaviour and complex social interactions and institutions
  • Practice working in rural and complex community environments

Course content

HLTH310Foundations for Mental Health Practice
HSCS333Group Work: Theory and Process
HSCS374Counselling for Loss and Grief
HSCS478Counselling for Trauma
HSHM200Leadership, Teams and Decision-Making
HSSW102Foundations of Social Work Practice
HSSW105Social Work Through the LifeSpan
HSSW168Responding to Disability and Ageing
HSSW300Disadvantage and Service Provision
HSSW301Social Work Direct Practice Skills
HSSW303Rural Social Work
HSSW304Juvenile Justice and Child Protection
HSSW306Community Development Practice
HSSW307Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
HSSW310BSW Fieldwork 1
HSSW410Social Work Intervention Models and Skills
HSSW411BSW Fieldwork 2
HSSW413Human Rights, The Law and Social Justice
OORA200Working with Aboriginal People
HSSW308Research Methods for Human Services
HSSW412Emerging Issues and Innovation in Social Work
CRIM334Crime Prevention
HLTH330Health Promotion in Practice
HLTH423Focused Psychological Strategies in Mental Health
HLTH425Assessment and Management of Substance Abuse and Dependence
HSCS372Child and Adolescent Counselling
HSHM341Management of Health Services
HSHM349Management Issues and Practices
OSSE300Overseas Study Experience
PEAC303Active Resistance: Contemporary Nonviolence
PEAC328Resolution or Transformation of Conflict
PEAC354Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes
SOCY313Australian Social and Public Policy
HSSW401HSocial Work Honours 1
HSSW402HSocial Work Honours 2

Course price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether you are eligible for a subsidy, concession, or government loan
  • Your previous study and work experience
  • Your unit selections

Enquire with University of New England or visit their website to find out more information on the course price for you.

What to know before you apply

To help you decide if this is the right course for you, University of New England can provide you with more information about:

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You may be able to get credit or RPL for some units of this course based on your previous studies and work experience. This means the duration of the course may be reduced.

Work placement

Work placement gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

The course incorporates 1000 hours of professional fieldwork placement supervised by experienced practitioners in diverse social work settings locally and overseas.

In the Bachelor of Social Work this professional fieldwork placement will be taken as two placements over two units. Students may be required to travel some distance to undertake the placement.

Enquire with University of New England or visit their website to find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or work placement.

Career Insights

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What are students saying?

Bachelor of Social Work
University of New England
(1 reviews)

Published Jul 2018
Bachelor of Social WorkUniversity of New England
Graduation date2016
Study modeBlended
Student review
The course is really good, I was a mentor for a younger student and they were changing the course to improve it when I finished. Teachers were awesome and very helpful
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Support and delivery

When you study with UNE you will have access to:

  • Options to study on-campus or online
  • A personal and flexible learning approach
  • Academic staff who are passionate about what they teach
  • A free and confidential UNE counselling service
  • UNE Safety Shuttle bus which runs all year round, picking up students from various points on campus and transporting them safely to a location within the town boundary via the residential colleges

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Bachelor of Social Work

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  • Course price
  • Prior Recognition of Learning (RPL)
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