When you study social work at the University of Newcastle you will graduate with an exciting career scope.

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Career opportunities

ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION

The Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Newcastle is an accredited qualification with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The AASW reviews and accredits social work degrees offered by Australian Universities to establish whether graduates are eligible for membership.

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.


Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) will have:

1. Understanding of society, how it has developed and how it is organised.

2. Knowledge of social welfare arrangements, their history and organisation and of the law in Australia.

3. Knowledge of individual behaviour and development within social contexts.

4. Ability to analyse macro, meso and micro causal impacts on human life.

5. Knowledge and skill in the range of social work interventions: interpersonal practice, advocacy, group work, community work, social action, research and social policy.

6. Competence in interpersonal, communication, negotiation and mediation skills.

7. Skills in reflective and critical thinking and analysis, data collection and management.

8. Skills in the assessment of social work practice situations and ability to make informed judgements about appropriate interventions and responses.

9. Skills in recognising and analysing ethical issues and adherence to the Australian Association of Social Workers code of ethics.

10. Ability to analyse the social, political, economic, historic, cultural and ecological factors impacting upon social work practice contexts, giving particular attention to dimensions of power and disadvantage.

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Careers by major

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.

Honours Achievers