Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

If you are interested in human rights, social justice, and changing lives for the better, then you should consider social work. As a social worker you will improve individual and community wellbeing by addressing challenges such as inequality, discrimination, violence and other types of harassment. An embedded honours program is available from third year for high-achieving students.


320 credit points. Field Education PlacementField Education Placement is a core element and a major part of a student's development of a professional identity. It provides an opportunity for students to observe, question and model social work behaviour and to translate Social Work Theory into practice, and to apply knowledge drawn from other subjects.Students complete 35 hours of community engagement project work in the 2nd year of the degree. In the 3rd and 4th years of the degree, students complete 1000 hours of professional experience field placements in social work and/or human service settings, supervised by a social work practitioner.As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.


  • Social work
  • Social work and human services

Standard entry requirements

ACT Prerequisites: English (any) - Major (T) (130+) or ESL - Major (T) (141+)New South Wales Prerequisites: English Standard (Band 3) or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) (Band 4)Queensland Prerequisites: English (Units 3 and 4, C)*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.


The Bachelor of Social Work degree is an AASW-accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). All graduates of the course are eligible for membership of the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers).

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra (Signadou) International: $102,272 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) International: $102,272 No
  • Full-time : 4 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

ACU Bachelor of Social Work graduates are regarded by employers as 'ready' to begin social work practice in a variety of areas such as community development, group work, family work, case-management, policy analysis and development, research, social action and program planning. Social workers may also work in different areas of practice such as: Family work; Youth and child welfare services; Medical and health services; Disability services; Psychiatric and general mental health; Community services; Aged care; Income support; Mediation; Research.

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