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Bachelor of Social Work

Course Rundown

Do you want a job that not only changes the lives of others, but your own as well? A Bachelor of Social Work from Edith Cowan University will get you ready for a fulfilling career that’s entirely focused on making a positive impact on people’s lives.

Throughout this comprehensive course, you’ll develop your professional competencies and get prepared to work within a complex, uncertain and contested social work practice environment. You’ll cover everything from social work theory, practice and research to politics, policy, law and ethics, learning how to apply your knowledge to regional, rural and remote settings. You’ll also undertake two 14-week social work field placements to gain vital hands-on experience.

Offered both online and on-campus at ECU South West (Bunbury), this degree is specifically designed to prepare students to meet the national Practice Standards for Social Workers. Please note that as part of the Australian Association of Social Workers accreditation requirements, if you choose to do online study, you are required to attend on-campus activities for a minimum of five days per semester. 

After four years of full-time study (or eight years part-time), you’ll graduate ready to make a difference in the world as a professional social worker.

Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for this course at ECU if you meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a minimum indicative of ATAR of 70 (or equivalent); OR
  • Have undertaken a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) qualification at the appropriate level; OR
  • Have previously completed units of study at University level; OR
  • Hold a STAT result that meets ECU’s standard requirements; OR
  • Have completed a bridging or enabling course; AND
  • Meet ECU’s English Competency requirements.

Please note that School Leaver applicants will require completion of WACE or equivalent. 

If none of the above applies to you, but you have work and life experience, you may be eligible to apply via ECU’s Experience-Based Entry Scheme. 

What You’ll Learn

In this social work course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Social Inclusion and People with Intellectual Disabilities 
  • Psychology for Social Work 
  • Introduction to Professional Practice 
  • Introduction to Social Research 
  • Rural, Regional and Remote Community Development 
  • Philosophy, Knowledge and Ethics 
  • Culture and Daily Life 
  • Introduction to Australian Society 
  • Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 
  • Addictions and Practice 
  • Aboriginal Histories of the Present 
  • Gender, Families and Professional Practice 
  • Theory and Practice for Child Protection 
  • Australian Politics and Policy 
  • Community Health and Well-being 
  • Human Rights and Social Justice 
  • Applied Research Methods 
  • Organisational Contexts 
  • Social Work Theory and Practice 1: Advanced Interpersonal Skills 
  • Social Work and Mental Health 
  • Field Placement 1
  • Social Work Theory and Practice 2: A Focus on Theories
  • Social Policy
  • Legal and Ethical Practice
  • Social Work Theory and Practice 3: Collective Interventions
  • Social Work Project
  • Field Placement 2 
  • Social Work Theory and Practice 4: Activism and Social Change

Why study with Edith Cowan University?

Since opening in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) has established itself as the go-to Australian university for a quality learning experience. Students graduate among some of the best in the world and have continued to serve society in many important roles.

ECU produces winners because they are a winner! In 2018 Times Higher Education ranked ECU in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old, and the Good Universities Guide has given them a 5-star rating for teaching quality 12 years straight.

From social work, youth work, nutrition, engineering, technology, management and more, ECU offer a host of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that’ll excel your career and expose you to new levels of success. Enquire today and see where an ECU qualification can lead you!

Student Support

Students feel happy, well supported and well educated when they study with ECU, in fact, in the 2018 QILT survey, Edith Cowan University received the highest student experience rating of all Australian public universities.

When you study with ECU, you’ll have access to expert course advice, counselling, diversity and disability services, transnational and national program support, student success programs, careers and employability services... just to name a few.

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:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Social Work from Edith Cowan University.

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and pursue careers in a range of professional social work settings.

Students who have achieved a Weighted Average Mark of 70% or higher in the first five semesters may be invited to complete further study in the form of a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Students may pay for this course upfront, or eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the all or part of the fees.

Edith Cowan University also offers student loans and scholarship opportunities to eligible applicants. Enquire now to find out more!

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.