Postgraduate Bridging Program (Social Work)

Approved Abbreviation: PGBriPr(SocWrk)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1874.1

CRICOS Code: 097005D

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 Spring 2018 or later.

This programme delivers an introduction into Social Science postgraduate study by establishing foundational knowledge in social work and social policy; organisational management of community and other NGOs; intervention strategies used in the Human Services sector; and social research practices in the social sciences. Such a foundation is considered essential for students to succeed in postgraduate programmes such as the Master of Social Work (Qualifying).

Study Mode
30 weeks full-time.


Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

To be admitted to the Postgraduate Bridging Program (Social Work) applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any area. This bridging program is specifically tailored to those students who do not have a background in Health, Education or Society and Culture.

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

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Recommended Sequence

Spring session

101644Community Management and Organisations
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies
400511Social Work and Social Policy

Note: From Spring session 2021 unit 400511 - Social Work and Social Policy will be replaced by 102860 - Introduction to Social Work in Australia

102860Introduction to Social Work in Australia

Summer session

400337Social Research Methods


Note: From Summer session 2021/2022 (Nov 2021-Feb 2022) unit 400337 - Social Research Methods will be replaced by 102816 - Investigating and Communicating Social Problems.

102816Investigating and Communicating Social Problems

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