Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about feesAUD 33,180 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units). Find out more about fees
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.
Social workers are concerned with personal and social relationships between individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. They seek to relieve distress, redress inequality, promote social justice and participate in the processes of social change which remove structural disadvantage and create opportunities for people to achieve their own goals.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
- cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
- cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
- cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
- technical skills to design and use research in a project
- communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
- demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
- demonstrated understanding of society, how it has developed and how it is organised.
- the 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
- knowledge of social welfare arrangements, their history and organisation and of the law in Australia
- knowledge of individual behaviour and development within contexts
- the ability to analyse macro, meso and micro causal impacts on human life
- knowledge and skill in the range of social work interventions: interpersonal practice, advocacy, group work, community work, social action, research and social policy
- competence in interpersonal, communication, negotiation and mediation skills.
- skills in reflective and critical thinking and analysis, data collection and management
- skills in the assessment of social work practice situations and ability to make informed judgements about appropriate interventions and responses
- skills in recognising and analysing ethical issues and adherence to the AASW code of ethics
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
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|Recommended studies||HSC English (Standard) or English (Advanced), Society & Culture, Community and Family Studies, Languages.|
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here. Admission information for international is available here. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
Compulsory program requirements
This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW services or facilities, including NSW Health facilities. There are two compulsory placements of 70 days each, one in the third year and one in the fourth year of the program. Placements may extend beyond normal semester times and students must meet their own associated travel and accommodation costs, where applicable. 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 .
NSW Health Verification Requirements
Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
SWRK2001 - Social Work Theory and Practice A
SWRK2003 - Interpersonal Skills for Professional Practice
SWRK2200 - Social Work Theory and Practice B
SWRK3002 - Social Work Theory and Practice C
SWRK3300 - Field Practicum 1
SWRK4009 - Social Work Honours Project
SWRK4400 - Field Practicum 2
SWRK4500 - Social Work Research
Australian Association of Social Workers
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au
The program requires the successful completion of 320 units consisting of:
- Core Courses - 290 units
- Directed Courses - 10 units
- Electives - 20 units
Students must complete a minimum of 40 units at each level (1000, 2000, 3000, 4000) with no more than 120 units at the 1000 level.
Students must only complete courses that form part of the program and must not complete more than 330 units.
The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has accredited the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program with a sequential course enrolment pattern. The courses are sequenced to provide foundational knowledge as students move through each year of study.
All SWRK core courses have requisites. This means to enrol students must successfully complete the previous course or courses in sequence. This sequence is detailed in the students relevant Program Plan.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2015-2017 B Social Work (Honours) Program Plan 375.1 KB Use the correct Program Plan to map your program
- 2018-2020 B Social Work (Honours) Program Plan - Full Time 141.4 KB
- 2019 - 2020 B Social Work (Honours) Program Plan - 30 units per semester 138.3 KB
- 2019 - 2020 B Social Work (Honours) Program Plan - Part-Time 140.7 KB
- 2021 B Social Work (Honours) Program Plan - 30 units per semester 134.9 KB
- 2021 B Social Work (Honours) Program Plan - Full Time 152.3 KB
- 2021 B Social Work (Honours) Program Plan - Part-Time 141.5 KB
Important information for students who commenced the program prior to 2021:
In 2021 there is an increase in the number of core course requirements in the program. Core courses have increased from 270 units to 290 units, with a reduction in the number of electives, from 40 units to 20 units.
- SWRK1001 Introduction to Social Work 1 (10 units) has been replaced by SWRK1010 Introduction to Social Work 1 (20 units).
- SWRK1002 Introduction to Social Work 2 (10 units) has been replaced by SWRK1020 Introduction to Social Work 2 (20 units).
- Students who have not completed SWRK1001 and SWRK1002 prior to 2021 will complete 290 units of core courses inclusive of SWRK1010 and SWRK1020 plus 10 units of directed courses and 20 units of electives.
- Students who have completed SWRK1001 but not SWRK1002 prior to 2021 will complete 280 units of core courses inclusive of SWRK1020 plus 10 units of directed courses and 30 units of electives.
- LEGL3009 replaced LEGL3008 from 2019, if you have not already completed LEGL3008 then please complete LEGL3009.
Transition Arrangements 2018:
- HUSE3006 replaced SPSW3070 from 2018, if you have not already completed SPSW3070 then please complete HUSE3006.
- SWRK2005 replaced PHIL3580 from 2018, if you have not already completed PHIL3580 then please complete SWRK2005.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
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|ABOR1110||Introduction to Aboriginal Studies||10 units|
|PSYC1010||Psychology Introduction 1||10 units|
|PSYC1020||Psychology Introduction 2||10 units|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
|SWRK1010||Introduction to Social Work 1||20 units|
|SWRK1020||Introduction to Social Work 2||20 units|
|SWRK2001||Social Work Theory and Practice A||20 units|
|SWRK2003||Interpersonal Skills for Professional Practice||10 units|
|SWRK2005||Violence, Abuse and Trauma : Theory and Practice||10 units|
|SWRK2200||Social Work Theory and Practice B||20 units|
|HUSE3006||Social Policy and Planning in Regional Contexts||10 units|
|LEGL3009||Law for Social Work and the Social Sciences||10 units|
|SWRK3002||Social Work Theory and Practice C||20 units|
|SWRK3007||Social Work Ethics||10 units|
|SWRK3300||Field Practicum 1||30 units|
|SWRK4009||Social Work Honours Project||20 units|
|SWRK4300||Social Work Theory and Practice||10 units|
|SWRK4400||Field Practicum 2||30 units|
|SWRK4500||Social Work Research||10 units|
Choose 10 units from these directed courses
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|FMCS1100||Communication and Culture||10 units|
|SOCA1020||What is Anthropology?||10 units|
|HUSE2001||Shaping Human Services: Social Policy and the Political Process||10 units|
Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them. However, the Faculty suggests the following course options that may complement your program or major.
A full list of courses that are available to study as an elective can be found in the course handbook.
|CRIM2030||Criminology in the Legal Context||10 units|
All students who complete the requirements of the program will be eligible for ungraded Honours. Graded Honours is determined by the cumulative WAM and results in the research courses.
The criteria for the determination of an Honours grade is detailed in the Bachelor Honours Policy.
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.
If Field Education presents problems with access etc, please discuss with academic staff.
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