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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: n/a
  • Foreign: $ 15.5k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 183pts.
  • Duration:
  • 4 years

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    The social work degree will prepare students for entry-level professional practice in social work. The profession promotes advocacy, social change, positive human relationships and the empowerment of people to enhance their well-being. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work, an increasingly important profession in today’s rapidly changing world.

    The Bachelor of Social Work provides a sound knowledge of the political, behavioural and social sciences and prepares students for a range of professional social work job opportunities.

    The Bachelor of Social Work qualifies individuals who are equipped with the intellectual ethical and professional methods to undertake professional social work in a range of contexts.

    Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work degree will have a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the political, behavioural and social sciences, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts of social work and social policy and be able to function as reflexive practitioners within the human service context. 

    The students will complete 144 units of study comprising 81 units of core studies, social policy and social work theory, 4.5 units of free elective, 31.5 units of practice skills and 27 units of field placements.

    Australia requirements for international students

    In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

    Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

    You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 

    University requirements


    Udergraduate – you must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 program or an equivalent program in your home country or a recognised Pathway or Foundation Studies Program.
    If you are an international student studying Year 12 in Australia you need to apply via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

    Postgraduate – At a minimum you must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree, to the required standard, from a recognised higher institution in Australian or the international equivalent and/or the equivalent professional work experience. The University offers both coursework and research degrees.

    Program requirements

    Students will be required to undertake a screening and background check through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). The screening must be completed prior to being accepted for a placement.
    In addition, students who are completing any site observations, activities or professional experience placements and social work with older people, vulnerable people or people with a disability, must undertake mandatory training in Child Safe Environments and Responding to Abuse and Neglect prior to the commencement of the activities or placements within the program.

    To be eligible for selection, applicants are required to:

    Qualify for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), and

    • obtain a competitive ATAR, and
    • meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C-



    Alternatively, applicants can fulfil one of the following requirements with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements, and other academic requirements for the program:

    • Complete secondary education qualifications equivalent to SACE, or
    • Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, or
    • Complete or partly complete a recognised higher education program at a recognised higher education institution, or
    • Complete at least four Open Universities Australia (OUA) courses at undergraduate level or above, or
    • Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Certificate IV level or above, or
    • Qualify for Special Entry, or
    • Complete a University Foundation Studies program


    English language entry requirements

    In addition, international students who speak English as a foreign language must have obtained one of the following standards within the last two years prior to admission. Possession of one or more of these qualifications, in addition to the academic entry requirements, does not, in itself, guarantee a place at the University of South Australia. Applications are considered on an individual basis and selection is competitive. Where previous study/work experience was conducted in English, the application must be accompanied by certified documentation from the educational institution/employer certifying that the language of instruction/employment was English.


    English language test

    • IELTS total: - 6.0
    • IELTS reading: - 6.0
    • IELTS writing: - 6.0

    Each year, more than 2,500 students at the University of South Australia benefit from scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. We welcome high achieving students from developing countries who are supported by the Australian government program, Australia Awards. We also host around 500 students who are sponsored by their home government, university or employer. 

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