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CC48 - Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)


At a glance

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at CQUniversity is designed with flexibility in mind and is available to study by online study over fours year full-time or eight years part-time. Study a range of areas, including psychology, sociology and Indigenous studies, making you a well-rounded graduate.

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Study modes On-Campus, Online
Rank OP: 16 SR: 64 ATAR: 58.20
Units/credits 28/192
Pre-requisites QTAC: English (4, SA); please see entry requirements tab for UAC and VTAC pre-requisites.
Availability Bundaberg; Rockhampton North; Online Study
Duration 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Recommended study Studies of Society, Information Technology Literacy
Intake dates March, July
QTAC Code BDG: 811571, ROK: 851571, Online: 851575
VTAC Code Online: 1700110371
UAC Code Online: 160551

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from main round offers for Term 1 2018. They represent the minimum competitive rank that applications were considered for entry to a course. Entry to a course is competitive and a cut off score lower than the minimum competitive rank may have been needed to gain entry to a particular course. Entry ranks vary from year to year so are provided as a historical guide of past performance.

  • Not available for intake Term 3, 2016. This may be subject to change, please contact us for more information.

Career opportunities

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) will prepare you for numerous career paths including professional practice with individuals, groups, families, organisations, neighbourhoods and communities. The majority of social work qualifications in Australia are generic, meaning they prepare graduates to enter numerous sectors in the human services field including:

  • child protection
  • health
  • probation and corrections
  • aged care
  • mental health
  • high school service
  • family relationships
  • community corrections.

If you do not wish to enter into direct practice with client groups you may consider a career in areas such as:

  • project management
  • policy analysis and practice
  • community development.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).



The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at CQUniversity offers you highly experienced teaching staff and excellent online resources, designed to guide and support you throughout the course.

Your learning is further supported by a three-day, on-campus residential school per term. This combination of face-to-face learning and regular online activities will equip you with advanced level of skills including critical reflection, self-directed research and learning, problem solving and teamwork.

At CQUniversity our education and training focuses on learning from contemporary social work scenarios and you will benefit from our established industry relationships, as well as our student exchange programs with several international universities, providing you with the opportunity to build professional  networks.

The course incorporates two unpaid field education experiences, allowing you to gain valuable insights that may further increase your employability.

The compulsory fourth year of the course is the honours year, and will prepare you should you wish to contribute to societal change through a professional career in social work research. The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) at CQUniversity offers you highly experienced teaching staff  and excellent online resources, designed to guide and support you throughout the course.

Why Study Psychology and Social Work at CQUniversity

Our social work course provides a solid base for a range of career options and assist in developing your critical-thinking skills, oral and written communication techniques, research ability and capacity for further independent study.

Industry relevant
Our courses and units are regularly updated to ensure they stay current and aligned with latest industry practices. Benefit from supportive teaching professionals who offer industry-relevant, real-world experience.

Life-long learning
You will have the opportunity to gain crucial lifelong learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving. You will be able to apply these skills to a range of employment opportunities and life situations.

Benefit from the flexibility to study full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by online study. Choose from a number of elective units to individually tailor your learning to suit your personal and professional needs.

Postgraduate and research
CQUniversity offers a number of psychology related postgraduate and research courses.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

You are required to complete a total of 28 units. Honours graduates are required to complete a total of 28 units including 25 core units, one elective course and two honours units.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) course please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.

Work integrated Learning

You are required to complete compulsory field placements are in third and fourth year of the course.

Residential Schools

Students studying via online study are required to attend a minimum of 20 days residential school attendance throughout the course.

Students who enrol in on-campus study will not be required to attend the residential schools, but instead will be required to attend weekly sessions that are equivalent in content to the residential schools.  These weekly sessions will be spread over 12 weeks.  Click here to view Residential Schools for all units.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

OP: 16 , SR: 64 , ATAR: 58.20

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank


English (4/SA)


English (Standard) (Band 2)


Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any English.

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

English Requirements

International Students

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Domestic Students

If you are not born in Australia,Canada,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

30 APR
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23 MAY
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