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 (UAI)

80*

IB Score

28-29

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

Academic 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)

100

22

22

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 Transfer

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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $95,424

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.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge:  Any 2 units of English

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent.
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC).
  • Minimum record of attendance equal to one year of study, or 1/3 of a Bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law (excluding Mature Age Law). If you haven't been studying for some time please understand that the STAT test can be quite difficult. The WEA STAT Preparation Course is strongly recommended.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment. From 2010 the UAI will be replaced by the ATAR.

Credit Transfer

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

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

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.

Shoalhaven
On Campus

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.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

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 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.
  • International Applicants: one week before session commences.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Shoalhaven

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): On-time UAC applications close on 29 September.
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 29 September. (Late applications may be accepted where places are available.) On-time direct applicants will be advised of their application outcome by no later than 19 January 2018.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Social Work will be able to:

  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
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
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
STS 100 Knowledge, Culture & Social Change: Science, Technology & Society 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
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
Plus 12 credit points selected from the following:
CST 130 Cultures in Context 6 Not offered in 2017
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
One 6 credit point subject from the General Schedule approved by the Academic Program Director 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn
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
SOWK240 Working with Service Users and Carers 6 Autumn
Spring
SOWK234 Welfare State and Human Services 6 Spring
HAS 234 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 6 Spring
SOWK236 Approaches and Skills: Group Work 6 Spring
SOWK241 Perspectives on Diversity 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn
SOWK336 Approaches and Skills: Working with Individuals and Families II 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
SOWK337 Practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 6 Autumn
SOWK338 Fields of Practice: Children, Families, and their Well-being 6 Autumn
SOWK340 Fields of Practice: Health, Aging and Disability 6 Autumn
Spring
SOWK305 Social Work Ethics 6 Spring
SOWK335 Fields of Practice: Mental Health 6 Spring
SOWK343 Supervised Professional Practice I 12 Spring
Year 4
Annual
SOWK342 International Social Work 6 Autumn, Annual First Offered 2018
SOWK403 Program Planning and Evaluation 6 First Offered 2018
SOWK407 Supervised Professional Practice II 12 First Offered 2018
SOWK402 Collaborative Research Approaches 6 First Offered 2018
SOWK404 Approaches and Skills: Community Work 6 First Offered 2018
SOWK406 Advanced Social Work Practice and Skills 12 First Offered 2018

 

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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