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Bachelor of Social Work

Approved Abbreviation: BSW

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1666.4

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 013975D

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 2015 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 2014 - 1666.3 Bachelor of Social Work

Commencement Year 2011 - 2013 - 1666.2 Bachelor of Social Work

Commencement Year 2010 - 1666.1 Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work is a four year degree that is fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers. Western Sydney University social work graduates are prepared for work in a wide range of human services organisations across diverse practice areas, including case work, group work, community development, policy and research. Students undertake traditional academic units as well as completing assessed placements comprising 1008 hours.

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

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 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.

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

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

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

Autumn session

101551Understanding Society
101557The Individual in Society
101594Mental Health in the Community
101632Community Work & Development

Spring session

102170People, Place and Social Difference
400193Human Services Intervention Strategies
101664Working with Cultural Differences
101596Context of Human Services

Year 2

Autumn session

102816Investigating and Communicating Social Problems
400505Lifespan Development and the Human Services
400508Working with Individuals and Families
102172Fields of Practice 1

Spring session

101555Ethics in the Social Sciences
400195Human Rights, Human Services and the Law
400509Group Work in Social Work
101595Community and Social Action

Year 3

Autumn session

101552Applied Social Research
101597Family Violence: Policy and Practice
102782Field Education 1

Spring session

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

And one elective

Year 4

Autumn session

102351Practice skills for social work
102352Professional Decision Making in Social Work
400517Ideologies of Practice in Social Work
400513Social Work and Health

Spring session

400522Field Education 2
400518Contemporary Social Work Practice

Equivalent Core Units

The Core Units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2020 or earlier.

400521 - Field Education 1

400337 - Social Research Methods

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