Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Course summary

The UOW Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make important contributions to the betterment of people and communities. You will build on prior study of the individual and society, and further develop your interest in social justice and human rights, to earn a professionally accredited Social Work qualification.

UOW Social Work graduates enter the workforce with practical experience earned through supervised professional placements. Your UOW degree will ensure you’re ready to promote social change and development, and will help you make a difference to the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals, families and communities.

What you will study

This course balances practical skills, concepts and theory, as well as hands-on experience in professional practice:

  • You will acquire the interpersonal and communication skills needed to work effectively with others, and use critical insights to understand people and social problems.
  • You will develop your understanding of the concepts and methods that underpin effective practise as a qualified social worker.
  • You will gain a working knowledge of social justice principles, and the skills to apply that knowledge to your work with individuals, families and communities, or in social research and policy development.
  • You will learn the community engagement skills necessary to collaborate with community members and groups, and work effectively in the social work field.
  • You will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a career as a social worker through supervised professional experience in human service agencies.

UAC 935140

Course information

Study area

Social Work

Campus

Wollongong, South Western Sydney

Course Code

459

Duration

2 years full time or part time equivalent

Delivery

Flexible

Cricos

094540E

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

Applicants should have a bachelor degree in social sciences, psychology, public health, education, nursing, or a related undergraduate qualification with at least one year of Social Science content (i.e. studies of the individual and society)

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 Health Placements 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

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

South Western Sydney, Wollongong

Flexible

$11,520 (2021)

$46,080 (2021)

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 should have a bachelor degree in social sciences, psychology, public health, education, nursing, or a related undergraduate qualification with at least one year of Social Science content (i.e. studies of the individual and society)


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.


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 Health Placements 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

Flexible

$15,816 (2021)

$63,264 (2021)

South Western Sydney

Flexible

$15,816 (2021)

$63,264 (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 (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*

*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 available.

2021 Autumn

South Western Sydney

Orientation: 16-17 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 17 January 2021*
  • International Applicants: 17 January 2021*
    • *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 available.

      2021 Spring

      South Western Sydney

      Orientation: 14 July 2021
      Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

      Applications Close

      • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
      • International Applicants: 27 June 2021*

      *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 available.

      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:

      CLO Description
      1 Critically review social work theories and frameworks.
      2 Integrate advanced knowledge of the human services system, the law and concepts of human rights and social justice to the social work approach.
      3 Design, implement, justify and articulate social work interventions at the individual, group, family, community and societal level and plan effectively across human service systems.
      4 Assess different value systems and ethical frameworks and reflect critically on your professional practice.
      5 Evaluate using social work values and ethical frameworks your decision‐making processes and judgments with the complexity of practice.

      Course Structure

      The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) requires the successful completion of at least 96 credit points in accordance with the table below.

      Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
      Year 1
      Annual Session
      SOWK916Professional Practice Placement I12Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
      Autumn Session
      SOWK910Critically Reflective Social Work Practice6Autumn
      SOWK912Diversity in Social Work Practice6Autumn
      SOWK915Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families6Autumn
      Spring Session
      SOWK913Human Service Systems and Policy Development6Spring
      SOWK914Law, Ethics and Social Justice in Social Work Practice6Spring
      SOWK917Working with Children, Young People and Families6Spring
      Year 2
      Annual Session
      SOWK924Professional Practice Placement II12Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
      Autumn Session
      SOWK920Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples & Communities6Autumn
      SOWK921Social Change through Group and Community Work6Autumn
      SOWK923Contemporary Responses to Mental Health and Disability6Autumn
      Spring Session
      SOWK925Research and Evaluation in Social Work6Autumn, Spring
      SOWK926Social Work and Health Care6Autumn, Spring
      SOWK927Advanced Social Work Practice6Autumn, Spring

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

      Course Handbook

      (Current year structure - subject to change)

      Accreditation & professional recognition

      The Master of Social Work (Qualifying) 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 Master of Social Work (Qualifying) will provide graduates with the skills, knowledge, and professional practice experience required for entry to the social work profession.   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.