UNSW Bachelor of Social Work

The UNSW Bachelor of Social Work is all about preparing you to make a real impact in the field of social work.

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW

You will gain practical skills and learn directly from experienced professionals in the industry, including current social workers. It is a program designed to help you make a meaningful difference in people's lives. Becoming a social worker is a truly transformative journey. It is not just about changing and improving the lives of others; it is also about actively contributing to the creation of happier, healthier relationships and communities.

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW

In this program, you will gain experience across a wide range of human services fields, including mental health, social work counseling, community work, sociology, psychology, and collaborating with Indigenous communities. In this program UNSW Social Work, you will learn how to help people and communities. You will study different subjects like mental health, counseling, and working with diverse groups of people. You will also get to work in various places to practice what you have learned, like in cities or even other countries. It is all about learning and helping others have better lives.

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW Entry Requirements

  • PTE Academic: At least 65 overall and 65 in each of the four skills.
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum overall score of 94, comprising 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking.
  • IELTS (academic module): with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components.
  • OET: with a minimum score of Bs in each of the four components.

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW Fees


UNSW Bachelor of Social Work Duration

4 years

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW Intakes

March, July

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW Locations


Bachelor of Social Work UNSW Prior Learning

If you want to get credit for previous courses you have taken, there are some rules to follow. You cannot get credit for more than half of the credits you need for your degree. Also, if you have already started or finished a course at UNSW, you cannot get credit for it.

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW Outcomes

Caseworker, Counsellor, Policy analyst, Research officer, Project manager, Exceptional care worker, social policy adviser, social research officer, social worker, Welfare worker, Youth worker

Bachelor of Social Work UNSW Unit Information

Culture, Experience and Change ARTS1753

In this course, you will learn how to think and analyze things in a bigger way. You will look at different topics and think about how they fit into the culture of the world. You will also learn to question things that people usually do not think about. In this course, you will discover how people in various parts of the world live and what is important to them. This will help you understand and connect with diverse cultures better

Rethinking the Social ARTS1870

In this course, you will look at the idea of "the social" from different angles. You will explore topics like personal stories and who we are, how we are the same or different from others, who has power and who does not, the relationship between the environment and society, and how countries are organized.

Psychology 1A PSYC1001

In this course, you will learn about the basics of psychology as a science. You will start by looking at the history and the scientific roots of studying human behavior.

Introduction to Social Work SOCW1001

This course gives you an introduction to the field of social work. It covers the basics of social work, including the different contexts where social work is needed, the theories and knowledge used in practice, and the ethical guidelines that social workers follow.

Power and Powerlessness ARTS2871

In this course, you will learn about the concept of power, which is especially important in the social sciences. You will explore diverse ways of thinking about power and how it plays a role today. We will look at how power is connected to topics like culture, the economy, ideology, knowledge, and identity.

Introduction to Social Work Counselling and Assessment SOCW2003

In this course, you will start building important skills for social work. You will learn how to create strong relationships with clients, which is crucial in social work. We will focus on key counseling skills like engaging with clients, paying attention, listening reflectively, showing empathy, and asking questions. These skills are the foundation for collaborating with clients, no matter what specific method you will use in your practice.

Social Work Practice - Community Work SOCW2006

In this course, you will dive into the world of community work, both on a national and international scale. We will explore human rights and strengths-based approaches as we analyze the evolving political landscapes that shape community work. The goal is to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective community development practice, empowering you to make a positive impact in your community and beyond.

Social Work Counselling with Individuals, Families and Groups SOCW2009

In this course, you will explore systemic Social Work counseling approaches, which are all about collaborating with individuals, families, and groups. You will learn how to apply knowledge and skills from different approaches in various social work contexts, giving you a well-rounded understanding of how to effectively support and help those in need.

Socio-Legal Practice in Social Work Settings SOCW3006

In this course, you will dive into the world of social work practice, examining its legal, professional, and ethical aspects. Through real-world case studies, you will explore the challenges and dilemmas that social workers encounter when applying their knowledge and skills in various settings. This course will help you navigate the complexities of socio-legal practice in the field of social work.

Ethics and Reflective Practice SOCW3009

In this course, you will delve into the essential concepts of applied and professional ethics, particularly as they relate to social work practice and theory. It will cover the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics (2010) and help you grasp the foundational concepts that shape the ethical principles within the Code. This course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate ethics effectively in your future role as a professional practitioner.

Organizational Practice SOCW3010

This course helps us understand how social workers work in groups or organizations. We learn about how organizations are managed and how social workers can be effective in them. We also study how planning and evaluating things can bring positive changes.

Social Work Practice Level 3 Placement A SOCW3012

In this course, you get to put into practice what you have learned in class. You will collaborate with an experienced social worker in a place where they help people. You will learn by doing social work, and you will have someone to guide you and help you think about what you are learning. It is a way to become a better social worker.

Advanced Social Work Practice Methods SOCW4003

In this course, you will focus on one way of doing social work in detail. It is like becoming an expert in that way of helping people. You will learn by working with examples of how it is done in real life, and you will be evaluated on what you have learned.

Evidence and Practice Based Research SOCW4011

This course is about understanding how research and social work practice are connected. You will learn how to do research, like how scientists study things. We will also look at the pros and cons of using research to guide how social work is done. Plus, you will learn diverse ways to do research, like interviews and surveys. We will talk about why it is important to do research that is fair and honest, and how it can help make social work better.

Social Work Practice in Mental Health and Trauma SOCW4012

In this course, you will learn about mental health and trauma, which are big topics. We will talk about how these things affect people and families. We will also look at how unfair treatment and being left out can hurt mental health. And we will learn how to help people who are going through tough times because of mental health and trauma. We will do all of this while keeping fairness and justice in mind.

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