ATAR cut-off
80.30
88.50 (Median ATAR)
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International entry requirement

UAC code

484100
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

4 years full-time.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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Duration

4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12317
CRICOS code: 027437D

Study social work at UON

Do you dream of a purpose-driven life?

As a professional Social Worker, you will have endless opportunities to make a difference.

Social workers are involved in meaningful, life-changing work – supporting and resolving personal and social relationship issues between individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. Social workers aim to relieve distress, redress inequalities and promote social justice.

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is an experience-based program that will prepare you for a professional career as a social worker. There is a strong demand for qualified Social Workers and job opportunities are broad and incredibly rewarding.

Why study with us?

  • Become in-demand here and overseas with globally transferrable skills. 89% of UON graduates are employed within four months and Australian graduates are highly sought after internationally.
  • Strong job growth in Australia with continued above average employment. Government findings show that demand for social workers will continue to rise strongly in the coming years.
  • Graduate work-ready with rewarding fieldwork opportunities and 1,000 hours of supervised field placements.
  • Explore global work opportunities when you graduate with our internationally recognised and professionally accredited qualification.
  • Social work graduates feel equipped to work professionally, with 92% graduate satisfaction and 97% saying their studies and training improved their.

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What you will study

Gain an experienced-based professional qualification.

Graduate confident and work-ready through an effective combination of lecture-based teaching and intensive, hands-on practical experience. Enjoy diverse placement opportunities locally, interstate and internationally.

Your studies will include an integrated approach to theory, practice and social work values. Complete core courses in subject areas that further enrich your expertise like:

  • social work
  • Aboriginal studies
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
  • a directed course in law

You will also choose from a wide range of electives to extend and complement your core studies.

For more information about this degree, please refer to the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program handbook.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Social work offers many fields of practice that lead to incredibly diverse career pathways. About 89% secure work soon after graduating and UON graduates enjoy the advantage of being recruited locally, nationally and internationally.

In Australia, social workers are generally employed in several industries, including:

  • health care and social assistance
  • government, public administration and safety
  • education and training
  • administrative and support services

Depending on your chosen expertise, you can work here and around the world in areas such as management, education, research, policy development, politics and community planning.

Following is a list of possible areas you could move into after this degree.

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) graduates can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for Social Work graduates.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.


Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Work has been accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). You can join the AASW as an associate member while studying and become a full member after graduation.

There is no legal registration for Social Workers in any state of Australia. However, the AASW is the standard-setting body for social work and many jobs require eligibility for membership of the AASW.

The AASW reviews and accredits social work degrees offered by universities throughout Australia to establish whether graduates are eligible for membership of their professional association.

Practical experience

Practical experience

At UON, you will develop in-demand professional skills that will change your life, unlock opportunities and shape your future.

Graduate work-ready and develop in-demand skills through comprehensive study and strong industry experience. As a UON Social Work student, you will benefit from:

  • 1,000 hours of supervised field placements undertaken in two 70-day practical experience blocks during years 3 and 4 of your degree. You will be working under the supervision of qualified social workers.
  • Practical experience that meet eligibility requirements laid down by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Membership is often a requirement for many jobs in the field.
  • Rewarding fieldwork opportunities such as the annual Law on the Beach series – a student-run program providing free legal advice to hundreds of clients. UON Social Work students have joined to provide a richer service, helping members of the community while also gaining real-world experience.
  • Diverse work placements are available and you may undertake practical experience locally within NSW, interstate or internationally.
  • Strong practical experience support system with our dedicated Professional Experience Unit managing your work placements and finding great opportunities for you.