Bachelor of Social Work

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
  • Duration:
    4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
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  • Awarded by:
    Charles Sturt University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Rehabilitation Counsellor | Parole Officer | Policy Analyst | Youth Worker | Social Worker | View All

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Course Rundown

If you’re looking to launch your career as a fully qualified social worker, and want to advocate for and support vulnerable individuals, there’s no better place to get trained than with Charles Sturt University.

CSU is one of the leading providers of social work in Australia, and this online Bachelor of Social Work course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to launch your new career. The program lays a solid foundation of skills for you, with subjects covering a range of different specialisations including child protection, disability, rehabilitation, family services and mental health.

The course has also been approved by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), meaning that upon graduation you’ll be eligible to apply for full accreditation with AASW. As a part of the course work, students will be required to attend four one-week sessions at the residential school based on CSU’s Wagga Wagga campus.

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To be eligible to apply for this course, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have an ATAR ranking of at least 65.0
  • Have successfully completed at least two subjects at university level
  • Hold a Certificate III or higher VET qualification
  • Have successfully completed a bridging program or TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Have at least two years of relevant industry experience
  • Have completed at least 50 per cent of a diploma

Residential School Requirements
This courses may include a residential school component where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

  • Foundations of psychology for health and human services
  • Introductory sociology
  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Social inequality
  • Psychology of ageing
  • Law for the human services 2
  • Ethics and social work practice
  • Community analysis
  • Indigenous cultures, histories and contemporary realities
  • Communication and human services
  • Introduction to social welfare
  • Fields of practice
  • Developing cross-cultural competencies

One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

New South Wales: Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Social Work from Charles Sturt University.

Graduates of this course will have the skills and necessary qualifications to work as a social worker across a variety of settings including hospitals, social welfare agencies, and community initiatives. You may also find work in:

  • Individual and group social counselling
  • Case management
  • Social administration and policy formation
  • Social action and program planning
  • Family work and rehabilitation
  • Health, community services and corrections

Curious about where a career in social work could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

CSU also provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

HECS-HELP You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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