Bachelor of Social Work

Course summary

Social workers make an important contribution to the wellbeing and improvement of society. With a strong commitment to social justice and human rights, social workers can be found working with people who are disadvantaged and marginalised by society because of poverty or personal circumstances. As a UOW Social Work graduate you will enter the labour market with extensive skills and knowledge, and supervised professional practice experience. You will be ready to promote social change and development, and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities.

This degree

UOW Social Work offers fresh and innovative content, taught by experts in the Social Work field. The intensive professional experience in this degree will allow you to practise your skills with real people, in real- world situations giving you first-hand Social Work experience. This experience ensures you are job-ready when graduating, making you highly attractive to employers.

What you will study

The UOW Bachelor of Social Work provides a balance of skills, concepts and theory, as well as hands-on experience in professional practice. You will cover the following five areas:

  • Study of the individual and society: with subjects such as Psychology, Introduction to Social Work and electives from a range of humanities, which will provide an introduction to people and social context.
  • Skills for practice: you will develop skills to work effectively with people, and use critical insights to understand people and social problems.
  • Enactment of social justice: enacting social justice is a core requirement when working with individuals, families or communities, and for social researchers and policy developers
  • Engaging with community: engaging with communities on joint projects is an important part of Social Work, and is central in the program.
  • Supervised professional practice: in the final years of the degree, you will gain supervised professional practice experience in human service agencies. This is where you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a career as a social worker.

Course information

Study area

Social Work

Campus

Wollongong, Shoalhaven

Course Code

347

ATAR-SR

80

IB Score

29

Duration

4 years (8 sessions) full-time, or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

081143C

UAC Code

755340-1

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 80 or an IB of 29. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree.

Applicants who hold a TAFE Diploma in Community Services may receive up to 48 credit points of credit towards the degree.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

RECORD CHECK

NSW Health Requirements
The NSW Health Department requires all students undertaking clinical placements at NSW Health hospitals and facilities to:

  • undergo a national criminal record check; and
  • comply with NSW Health's immunisation requirements

prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system.

This criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.

Child Protection
Under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, and the Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013, students enrolled in UOW degrees where their studies require them to engage in activities that involve children or young people, may be required to complete a Volunteer/Student Declaration and/or undergo a Working With Children Check (WWCC).

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

98

25

25

22

22

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree.

Applicants who hold a TAFE Diploma in Community Services may receive up to 48 credit points of credit towards the degree.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

RECORD CHECK

The NSW Health Department requires all students undertaking clinical placements at NSW Health hospitals and facilities to:
  • undergo a national criminal record check; and
  • comply with NSW Health's immunisation requirements

prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW health system.

This criminal record clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police and/or the Australian Federal Police. Students are required to arrange for this check to be undertaken following enrolment, and the cost of the check will be their responsibility.

In addition, overseas’ students must also provide a Police Certificate from their home country/any country they have resided in, or a signed Statutory Declaration with no convictions/pending charges.

Students should consult the information on Criminal Records Checks, Prohibited Employment Declaration and Infectious Diseases in the Additional Information section.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$13,032 (2020)

$104,256 (2020)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2018.

Applicant background

2018 intake

2018 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2018

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 25 - 27 February 2020
Session: 2 March – 25 June 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2019. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 25 October 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 14 February 2020. Late applications may be considered.

2020 Autumn

Shoalhaven

Orientation: Check your campus details
Session: 2 March – 25 June 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2019. Late applications will not be considered.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 25 October 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants on this campus.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Analyse the practices, responsibilities and commitments of the social work profession and your location within it.
2 Articulate social work values and ethics and utilise them to make judgments and decisions within the complexity of practice.
3 Demonstrate the purposeful use of skills and knowledge within a range of social work methods of intervention.
4 Use theories from social science disciplines to analyse human behaviour, social policy and social issues, in Australia and internationally.
5 Recognise different value systems and ethical frameworks, including your own, ascertain the moral complexities of your decisions and judgments and acknowledge the consequences of them.
6 Evaluate existing research to inform practice and undertake and disseminate ethical research informed by practice.
7 Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills to build respectful relationships in a range of cultural and professional settings.
8 Evaluate their own professional practice, identify learning needs and strategies for extending their repertoire of knowledge and skills.
9 Work effectively within and between organizations and social service systems, formulating proposals for change where appropriate.
10 Work collaboratively and respectively across the boundaries of unavoidable dependencies, cultural differences and inequalities in Australia and internationally.
11 Demonstrate deliberate and informed participation in the civic life of the community through, for example, service learning, supervised professional practice, co-curricular activities and/or community activism.
12 Articulate ideas using a wide range of techniques effective with different audiences including experts and non-experts.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Work requires the successful completion of 192 credit points of subjects in accordance with the subject progression table below. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2019/2020
SOWK101 Introduction to Social Work 6 Autumn
Plus one of the following subjects:
GEOG121 Human Geography: Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
POL 150 Government, Power and Political Systems 6 Autumn
HAS 220 Becoming a Social Scientist: Interdisciplinary Competencies 6 Autumn
Or one 6 credit point subject from the General Schedule approved by the Academic Program Director 6 Autumn
Plus one of the following subjects:
AUST101 Australian Studies: Cultures and Identities 6 Autumn
CST 120 Culture and Society 6 Autumn
HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
HAS 230 Contemporary Public Health Issues 6 Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
Or one 6 credit point subject from the General Schedule approved by the Academic Program Director 6 Autumn
Spring Session
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
SOWK140 Working with Service Users and Carers 6 Spring
Plus one of the following subjects:
CST 130 Cultures in Context 6 Not available in 2019
HAS 202 Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
INDS130 Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts 6 Spring
GEOG122 Human Geography: Living in a Material World 6 Spring
HAS 131 Introducing Crime and Justice 6 Spring
Or one 6 credit point subject from the General Schedule approved by the Academic Program Director 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn Session
HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6 Autumn
SOWK237 Social Work and the Law 6 Autumn
SOWK238 Approaches and Skills: Working with Individuals and Families I 6 Autumn
SOWK235 Fields of Practice: Mental Health 6 Autumn
Spring Session
HAS 234 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 6 Spring
SOWK234 Welfare State and Human Services 6 Spring
SOWK236 Approaches and Skills: Group Work 6 Spring
SOWK241 Perspectives on Diversity 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn Session
SOWK305 Social Work Ethics 6 Autumn
SOWK310 Supervised Professional Practice 1 18 First Offered in 2020
Spring Session
SOWK336 Approaches and Skills: Working with Individuals and Families II 6 Spring
SOWK337 Practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 6 Spring
SOWK338 Fields of Practice: Children, Families, and their Well-being 6 Spring
SOWK340 Fields of Practice: Health, Aging and Disability 6 Spring
Year 4
Annual Session
SOWK404 Approaches and Skills: Community Work 6 Annual
SOWK406 Advanced Social Work Practice and Skills 12 Annual
SOWK410 Supervised Professional Practice II 18 Annual
Autumn Session
SOWK442 International Social Work 6 Autumn
Spring Session
SOWK402 Collaborative Research Approaches 6 Spring

 For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 1000 hours over 104 weeks of compulsory work-based placements in the final two years of the course. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Honours

Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the degree may complete the fourth year at honours level. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Work is provisionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards 2012 (ASWEAS).  All Graduates of this course have the same standing as graduates from all other AASW accredited courses and are eligible for membership of the AASW, which is required by many employers.



Graduates will also be required to meet AASW English language requirements for migration and/or employment purposes.

Why choose this course

The UOW Bachelor of Social Work is an innovative degree, giving you expertise in social science foundations, research, and practical knowledge of social systems and practices in diverse environments. Our Social Work academics are at the forefront of their specialisations. They're accredited professionals, published authors and respected researchers who are connected to community through professional and research networks. They take all this experience with them to the classroom to enrich and guide your learning experience.

Career opportunities
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Aged Care
  • Children and Child Protection
  • Family Services
  • Community Development
  • Housing
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
  • Migrant and Refugees Services
  • Social Planning
  • Mental Health
  • Social Policy
  • Homelessness
  • Youth Services
  • Community Based Research
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Women (Including Domestic Violence) and Trauma
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