Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Course summary

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) provides an alternative final year of study for high achieving students who have demonstrated excellence in the first three years of the Bachelor of Social Work (347) degree.

In addition to the employment opportunities that are available to Bachelor of Social Work graduates, honours graduates will be able to seek professional employment related to research and program evaluation within the field of social work. Graduates will also have the opportunity to pursue their research interests through postgraduate research.

What you will study

The honours year provides a balance of skills, concepts and theory, as well as hands-on experience in professional practice. You will develop your skills in research design and methodology, allowing you to undertake a research project in connection with your final-year professional placement.

This degree

The UOW Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 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. Graduates may also choose to pursue their research interests through postgraduate research.

Course information

Study area

Social Work

Campus

Wollongong, Shoalhaven

Course Code

1799

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

096746G

UAC Code

-

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work may apply to complete the fourth year at honours level, provided they meet the requirements below:

  • Completion of the first three years (full-time equivalent) of the Bachelor of Social Work.
  • Attained a Distinction average across all 200-level and 300-level SOWK subjects.
  • Proposed research topic has been approved by the Honours Coordinator.
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor.

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

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work may apply to complete the fourth year at honours level, provided they meet the requirements below:

  • Completion of the first three years (full-time equivalent) of the Bachelor of Social Work.
  • Attained a Distinction average across all 200-level and 300-level SOWK subjects.
  • Proposed research topic has been approved by the Honours Coordinator.
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor.

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.


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

$13,296 (2021)

$106,368 (2021)

Shoalhaven

On Campus

$13,296 (2021)

$106,368 (2021)

* 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 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 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 2019

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

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: 24 December 2020*

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by these dates will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after these dates will continue to be assessed for the requested session until 3 weeks prior to session (international), and start of session (domestic). Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

2021 Autumn

Shoalhaven

Orientation: Check your campus details
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants on this campus.

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by this date will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.
Applications received after this date will continue to be assessed for the requested session until start of session. Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes 

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) 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.
  13. Conceptualise, plan and undertake an independent research project and communicate a coherent argument that explains and disseminates research results and conclusions. 

 Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) requires the successful completion of 192 credit points of subjects in accordance with the subject progression table below.
The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with University of Wollongong Method 1. For further information refer to Coursework Rules.  
 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
SOWK101 Introduction to Social Work 6 Autumn
Plus one of the following subjects:
GEOG121 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 Not available in 2020
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
SOWK140 Working with Service Users and Carers 6 Spring
HAS 202 Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
Plus one of the following subjects:
CST 130 Cultures in Context 6 Not available in 2020
INDS130 Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts 6 Spring
GEOG122 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
SOWK235 Fields of Practice: Mental Health 6 Autumn
SOWK237 Social Work and the Law 6 Autumn
SOWK238 Approaches and Skills: Working with Individuals and Families I 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 Autumn
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
SOWK408 Social Work Honours Research 12 Annual
SOWK409 Advanced Practice in Social Work (Honours) 6 Annual
SOWK410 Supervised Professional Practice II 18 Annual, Autumn
Autumn Session
SOWK442 International Social Work 6 Autumn, 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. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is fully 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 v1.4 (revised January 2015) (ASWEAS). Graduates of this course 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 (Honours) 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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