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81.88 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD33,180 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 12317
CRICOS code: 027437D

Study social work

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. You will learn about supporting and resolving personal and social relationship issues between individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. The courses you study as part of this degree program will teach you to relieve distress, redress inequalities and promote social justice.

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is an experience-based degree 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. 94% of UON graduates are employed within four months of graduating and Australian graduates are highly sought after internationally (overall employment rate - Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018).
  • 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 social work degree.
  • Social work graduates feel equipped to work professionally, with 87% graduate satisfaction and 86% saying their studies and training improved their skills (Quality Indicators of Teaching and Learning 2019).

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What you will study

Gain an experienced-based professional social work degree.

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

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 your degree's structure and what courses 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.

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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.

  • Access and Equity Advisor
  • Aged and Disability Officer
  • Case Manager/Worker
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Community Project Officer
  • Coordinator of Social Services
  • Counsellor
  • Cultural Interpreter
  • Disability Services Manager
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Mental Health Clinician
  • Mental Health Intake Officer
  • Project Worker
  • Senior Mental Health Clinician
  • Social Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Support Worker
  • University Lecturer/Academic
  • Welfare Officer
  • Youth Minister

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.

  • Chaplain/Pastoral Care Worker
  • Disability Services Officer
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Genetic Counsellor
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Lawyer
  • Mediator
  • Migrant/Refugee Support Worker
  • Multicultural Community Liaison
  • Music Therapist
  • Play Therapist
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Political Advisor
  • VET Teacher
  • Witness Assistance Officer
  • Youth Worker

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Social Work is a professional degree program accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

The AASW accredits programs according to an agreed accreditation standard for the content and delivery of programs nationwide.

Students of accredited Social Work programs can join the AASW as an associate member and on graduation are eligible for full membership. Eligibility for AASW membership is a common employment requirement in and across the health and human services sector.

Practical experience

Practical experience

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW services or facilities, including NSW Health facilities. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Social Work Placement Requirements including a National Criminal Record Check, NSW Working with Children clearance and meet all the NSW Health Verification requirements. For more information visit the UON website.

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.