Bachelor of Social Work

Approved Abbreviation: BSW

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1666.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 013975D

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2011 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2010 - 1666.1 Bachelor of Social Work

The UWS Social Work degree is informed by a 'critical perspective' covering the key skill areas of casework, groupwork, community work, research and policy, and draws on knowledge from psychology, sociology and political science. It is a four year fulltime degree on the Bankstown Campus with two field education placements. It meets the specifications for eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). The course is taught by a vibrant staff, many of whom are also practitioners, and all of whom are committed to ensuring the best possible social work education for our students.

Study Mode
Four years full-time. Students may take a reduced study load.

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Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.

This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and graduates are eligible for membership of the AASW.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended sequence

Year 1


101553Organisations, Communities and Communication

Please note unit 101553 is no longer available from 2013. Students should take the equivalent unit 101900:

101900Working with Communities
101551Understanding Society
101594Mental Health in the Community
101596Context of Human Services


101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies
101664Working with Cultural Differences

Year 2


101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400505Lifespan Development and the Human Services
400508Working with Individuals and Families
101632Community Work & Development


400337Social Research Methods
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
400509Group Work in Social Work
101595Community and Social Action

Year 3 (Pass Program)


101552Applied Social Research
101597Family Violence: Policy and Practice
400521Field Education 1


101554Contemporary Debates in Social Science
400511Social Work and Social Policy
101644Community Management and Organisations
101381Child Abuse as a Social Issue

Year 3 (Honours Program)


400521Field Education 1
400519Critical Practice in Social Work (Direct)
400513Social Work and Health


101788Social Work Honours Preparation


400511Social Work and Social Policy
101644Community Management and Organisations
101381Child Abuse as a Social Issue

Year 4 (Pass Program)


400519Critical Practice in Social Work (Direct)
400520Critical Practice in Social Work (Indirect)
400517Ideologies of Practice in Social Work
400513Social Work and Health


400522Field Education 2
400518Contemporary Social Work Practice

Embedded Honours Program

Year 4 (Honours Program)


101789Social Work Honours Thesis 1
400517Ideologies of Practice in Social Work
101730Researching the Social World


101790Social Work Honours Thesis 2
400522Field Education 2

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