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Why study at UOW

A practice-based professional and academic discipline promoting social change and the wellbeing of people.

The core goal of social work is to improve the social, health and emotional wellbeing of people and their communities. Social workers use their knowledge, skills and experience to help people help themselves and their communities.

The best in NSW/ACT
The Federal Government’s The federal government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) ranked UOW in 2018 as the best university in New South Wales and the ACT for Humanities, Culture and Social Science.

Susanne is studying a Bachelor of Social Work, as she is passionate about social justice and wants to help people make a positive change in their life.

Why study Social Work


  • UOW Social Work actively provides practice-based learning and integration with theoretical learning in all practice subjects. 
  • You will learn critical and valuable professional skills such as health, mental health, child and family services, aged care, migrant services, social policy and planning, program development, community and indigenous development.
  • You’ll benefit from up-to-date technology and simulation labs for practice teaching - our simulation labs give you experience on real world issues and scenarios so you learn the skills you need to make the most of your compulsory professional placement experiences.
  • Professional experience is an integral part of our program - students undertake 1,000 hours over two placements.
  • Students will engage with people and organisations within the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to improve the services of the community, learn how to work collaboratively to achieve common goals, and appreciate the diversity and complexity of the region. 
  • The Bachelor of Social Work is provisionally accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), which is a qualification required by many employers.


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Overview of careers

As part of Social Work at UOW, our students learn specifically about working fields of practice (health and mental health, child and family services, aged care, migrant services) and methods of practice (social policy and planning, program development, community and Indigenous development and community based research). This prepares graduates for a wide range of career opportunities upon graduation.

  • 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

UOW is in the top 1% for graduates as rated by global employers: UOW is consistently ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world for the quality of our graduates, ranking in the 151-200 band in the 2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

CF Testimonial - Social Work Aug 2017

I wanted a career that was based on empowering people. I’m thinking about hospital social work, that’s the thing that drew me to the degree, but I have the option of choosing which way I want to go. I feel like difficult times are what shape people the most, and I just want to be part of that process for people.

Belinda Carrisco
Bachelor of Social Work

Timothy John Social Work Testimonial

I joined the program through the thirst to change lives. The world we live in is a painful endeavour for many and they struggle every day without the hope of receiving help. I hope to help this person regain their footing and live life as they are able to. I will be content with changing the life of one person. 

Timothy John
Bachelor of Social Work 


Students will develop practice-based skills and knowledge fitting them for employment in many areas of social work practice, health and the human services. The community services sector is the largest employer in the region. The practice-based learning and the two required placements will ensure that students are both practice ready and work ready.

Professor Lesley Cooper
Professor of Social Work
Faculty of Social Sciences, UOW