Bachelor of Community Welfare

Approved Abbreviation: BCW

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1665.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 044766A

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 2010 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 2007 - 2009 - 4522.4 Bachelor of Community Welfare

The UWS Bachelor of Community Welfare degree is an accredited three year degree based on the Liverpool and Parramatta campuses and includes 400 hours of on-site supervised practice. The degree equips graduates to work in a range of human service professions with a particular emphasis on community development and social action and offers opportunity to specialise in a sub-major. It is informed by a critical perspective and taught by a vibrant staff, many of whom are also practitioners, and all of whom are committed to ensuring the best possible community welfare education for our students.

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

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 Community Workers Association (ACWA).


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

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

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

Spring session

101556The Geographies of Social Difference
101557The Individual in Society
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies

And one elective

Year 2

Autumn session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400190Welfare Field Education 1
101632Community Work & Development
400508Working with Individuals and Families

Spring session

400337Social Research Methods
101595Community and Social Action

And two electives

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
400191Welfare Field Education 2
101597Family Violence: Policy and Practice

Spring session

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

And one elective

Elective Sub-majors which may be available:


SM1025Child and Community
SM1026Criminology and Criminal Justice
SM1027Geography and Urban Studies
SM1030Heritage and Tourism
SM1028Peace and Development Studies

Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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