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Bachelor of Social Work - CL71

Make a difference in your community, and explore your passion for helping others as a qualified social worker with CQUniversity's Bachelor of Social Work.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

Online

RANK THRESHOLD

SR:62 ATAR:62

UNITS/CREDITS

28/192

DURATION

4 years full-time, 8 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Online

PRE-REQUISITES

English (Units 3 and 4, C)

RECOMMENDED STUDY

Studies of Society, Community work, Information Technology literacy

Completing this Bachelor of Social Work enables you to be recognised as a professional and eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers. Over the course of four years, you will develop an understanding of the practice methods, skills, knowledge and values of the social work profession. With an emphasis on problem-based learning, you will gain valuable experience in critical and reflective thinking and practice. You will have the opportunity to complete two field education placements where you will begin to apply your developing knowledge and skills and see in-practice examples of theory. Whether you seek a career in policy, research, direct practice with families groups or communities, this degree will ensure you are equipped with the skills, knowledge and values to assist the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our communities to achieve the best outcomes.
Core Units 28 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete 28 core units.

UNIT INFORMATION
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Fieldwork Education 1SOWK13009This is the first work integrated learning placement. It is a 13 week placement (440 hours) . The placement occurs in an agency approved by the University Field Education Coordinators and with the supervision by a qualified social worker. Field education may be organised in international, metropolitan, urban, regional, rural and remote areas. Students must complete all units in accordance with pre-requisites, and undertake a successful interview with the Field Education Coordinator to determine placement readiness. Students must meet the inherent requirements for the course and successfully complete all necessary administrative/screening and legal obligations to undertake placement in organisational settings.
Fieldwork Education 2SOWK14009Field Education 2 (SOWK 14009) is 16 weeks duration (560 hours). The placement occurs in an agency approved by the University Field Education Coordinators and with the supervision by a qualified social worker. Field education may be organised in international, metropolitan, urban, regional, rural and remote areas. Students must complete all units in accordance with pre-requisites, and undertake a successful interview with the Field Education Coordinator to determine placement readiness. Students must meet the inherent requirements for the course and successfully complete all necessary administrative/screening and legal obligations to undertake placement in organisational settings.
Students are required to attend a minimum of 20 days residential school attendance throughout the course. There are compulsory three and five day residential schools attached to the following units in line with AASW accreditation requirements: 1st year residential program: SOWK11014 Contemporary Human Services (3 days) SOWK11015 Professional Communication in Human Services (3 days) 2nd year residential program: SOWK12009 Casework & Case Management (3 days) SOWK12011 Social Group Work & Family Work (3 days) 3rd year residential program: SOWK13010 Integrating Theory & Practice 1 (5 days) SOWK13011 Community Practice ( 3 days) 4th year residential program: SOWK14005 Advanced Professional Communication Skills (3 days) SOWK14010 Integrating Theory and Practice 2 (3 days)

Rank Threshold
SR 62 | ATAR 62.0

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.

Rank Cut Off - Minimum unadjusted
OP 15 | SR 66 | ATAR 61.0

Rank Cut Off - Minimum adjusted
OP 14 | SR 69 | ATAR 66.0

The rank cut-off score is the competitive entry score that was needed to gain entry to this course in Term 1 2020. There is an unadjusted score before any adjustment schemes or factors are applied and an adjusted score if these were applied. Entry to courses is competitive and the cut-off score will vary from year to year and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Institute Profile
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2020 view our Institute Profile.

Prerequisite - English (4, Sound Achievement)

English Language Proficiency requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

· a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

· tertiary diploma level qualification, or

· bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years full-time with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.



Security Requirements

All field education contexts will require relevant state based working with children clearances. State based criminal background checks and Federal police checks are required. Where issues emerge with these checks the Head of Course will implement a formal process of internal and/or external ethical consideration. 

Health Requirements

Some field education contexts require evidence of Hepatitis B immunity. 

Assumed Knowledge

Studies of Society

Community work

Information Technology literacy/

A social work qualification provides a wide range of employment opportunities across diverse fields of practice. Many of these will involve social workers assisting client groups to achieve social inclusion, supporting people to achieve a better quality of life and facilitate individual and community well-being. Graduates have the opportunity to practice in a large number of human services across every state and territory as well as in many overseas countries. The most prominent sectors in which social workers are found are in health, government administration, child protection, youth justice, prisons, disability, aged care, mental health, and working with people from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. Social workers are employed at federal, state and local levels of government. Non-government agencies in the community sector are also large employers of social work graduates where the work can include counselling, case-management, early intervention strategies with families at risk, advocacy, mediation and community development. Agencies include Relationships Australia, Anglicare, Baptist Care, Red Cross, Women's Health and many others. A growing trend for social workers with several years experience is moving into private practice focusing on the mental health issues experienced by their clients.

This course will be accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers. CQU received full accreditation of the BSW(Hons) in 2018.In discussion with the Education Manager of the Australian Association of Social Workers there will be no need for a further accreditation process of this course until 2022 as the development of this course is a recommendation of the AASW Accreditation Panel in their 2018 report. 
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At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships and awards programs.
Our scholarships could help you pay for some or all of your course fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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Western AustraliaONL: 150552
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YOUR CAREER
Complete the Bachelor of Social Work and become a professionally qualified social worker, eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

You will experience a rewarding career with the opportunity to practise in many human services across every state and territory in Australia as well as in many overseas countries. Social workers are employed in health, government administration, child protection, youth justice, prisons, disability, aged care, mental health.

Whether you seek a career in policy, research, direct practice with family groups or communities, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and values to assist the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our communities to achieve the best outcomes.

REAL-WORLD OPPORTUNITIES
Throughout the Bachelor of Social Work, you will gain valuable experience in critical and reflective thinking and practice.

You will have the opportunity to complete two field education placements where you will begin to apply your developing knowledge and skills and see in-practice examples of theory. Your first placement is a 13-week placement, totalling 440 hours and takes place in Term 1 of your third year. Your second placement is a 16-week placement, totalling 560 hours and takes place in the final term of your studies. Your field education placements are supervised by a qualified social worker and allow you to gain insights and experience in real cases with real clients.

Your placements will expose you to real scenarios and issues, where you can apply your discipline knowledge and be guided by your supervising social worker as you do so.

YOUR ONLINE EXPERIENCE
Delivered online, this course offers you the flexibility to study when and how you like.

As an online student, you can enjoy an outstanding online learning experience with access to a range of support services, virtual platforms to connect with your peers and lecturers and student systems that are easy to navigate. Residential Schools You will be required to attend a minimum of 20 days on campus throughout the course.

These 20 days are scheduled as three-day and five-day residential schools in line with AASW accreditation requirements.

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs.
  • Option 3: Perfect for returning CQUni students, if you are changing your CQUni course, or you are a current or previous CQUni SUN, STEPS or VET student.

OPTION 1: IDEAL FOR MOST SITUATIONS, APPLY VIA A TERTIARY ADMISSION CENTRE
View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
New South Wales; Australian Capital Territory Apply via UAC
Victoria; Tasmania Apply via VTAC
South Australia; Northern Territory Apply via ApplyCQUNI
Western Australia Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.


OPTION 2: WANT TO STUDY WITH ONE OF OUR PARTNER STUDY HUBS? APPLY VIA APPLYCQUNI
Benefit from local support, space, technology and facilities offered by one of our delivery partners.

If you are studying with: Study Support
Geraldton Universities Centre Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.
Uni Hub Spencer Gulf Supported online study which may include local tutorial support, and access to local study facilities.
Murray River Study Hub Access to local study facilities.

ApplyCQUNI


OPTION 3: ARE YOU A RETURNING CQUNI STUDENT OR CHANGING YOUR CQUNI COURSE? APPLY DIRECTLY TO CQUNIVERSITY
You may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity provided you meet one of the following criteria:

  • have completed or are completing a prescribed* CQUniversity course. (*A prescribed course includes our Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program, Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), Start Uni Now (SUN) initiative, or a CQUniversity certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree.)
  • are applying for a change of course or readmission.
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Transcript

Social workers are agents of change. We advocate for those who don’t have a voice. The front line of social work appeals to me – it’s what I want to do – be there at the coal face creating change.

Joanna Dell

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

MY STORY