Course summary

The desire to help the needy and vulnerable in our society is more than just a job. Our Bachelor of Social Welfare is focused on achieving positive social change and community wellbeing. It is also the pathway to a deeply satisfying career in the human services sector.

We'll help harness your empathy and enhance your communication skills with a view to delivering great outcomes across social welfare practice. You can choose to specialise through a major focusing on children and young people, the health and disability sector, mental health or Indigenous knowledge.

You will gain on-the-job experience through extensive placements, working with individuals and organisations that share your commitment and are working to improve people's lives.

Graduates will emerge with transferrable skills for a variety of career options in human services – from working directly with people in their homes or facilities, to creating policy. You can also continue your studies in a linked Masters program that offers a pathway to professional accreditation as a social worker.

Please note: As of 2021, this course will be renamed the Bachelor of Community Welfare. If you enrol in the Bachelor of Social Welfare in 2020, unless you advise otherwise, you will automatically transition to the Bachelor of Community Welfare course after your first year. The name change signals a move to a broader core curriculum, away from major areas of study. Graduates of the Bachelor of Community Welfare degree will be equipped with knowledge and skills across a range of fields of practice including youth work, mental health, disability and child protection. For more details about these course changes, please contact the future students team.

 

Particular emphasis is placed on social justice and human rights as the basis for social welfare practice.

In addition to core units that cover counselling, welfare law, social research and community development, students choose a major area of study from the following options:

  • Working with children and youth 
  • Health and disability
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Mental health
  • No major option - students choose three core units from other majors plus four elective units from any undergraduate degree offered by the University.

Please note that some units in this course are offered exclusively online.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Understand the social, cultural, economic and political contexts of social welfare practice and the implications of these for working with clients, workers and community services.

Creativity

Assess, plan, implement and evaluate programs, projects and other activities with clients, which may include individuals, families, groups or communities.

Ethical practice

Practise social welfare in an ethical manner, in accordance with the values and ethics of the profession.

Knowledge of a discipline

Use one's own skills and knowledge appropriately and reflectively with clients, colleagues, employers and the wider community.

Lifelong learning

Become reflective practitioners and lifelong learners.

Communication and social skills

Communicate with a broad spectrum of people and organisations using appropriate techniques and media organisations.

Plan, organise and carry out work autonomously and as part of a team.

Cultural competence

Communicate constructively in a manner that is respectful of the diverse cultures in which we work and live.

In line with ACWA requirements, you complete 400 hours of supervised on-the-job training. This is completed in two separate organisations in different fields of practice so that you gain a diversity of experience.

Placements may include working across a variety of client groups, such as older people, or young people and families at the individual, group, organisational or community level of practice. You may undertake placements in social welfare settings such as child protection, drugs and alcohol, criminal justice, community education, housing, emergency relief, family interventions and domestic violence.

All students must obtain a National Police Check and Working with Children Check and most agencies require students to have a driver's licence.

The course is accredited by the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA). Graduates are eligible to join ACWA.


Course overview

Course code

3007268

Course abbreviation

BSocWelf

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour 1 N/A N/A
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $26,800 ($3,350 per unit) 082681B

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Social Welfare, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

  • All 15 Core units (192 credit points), and
  • One Major (96 credit points), or
  • No Major Option (96 credit points).

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Social Welfare after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points) from the Bachelor of Social Welfare.

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Social Welfare after completing the equivalent of 8 Core units (96 credit points).

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
 


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core Units

POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
CSL10242 - Trauma Informed Practice Intermediate
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
WEL73001 - Issues of Protection Advanced

Majors

Title Level of learning Note
Compulsory:
WEL73002 - Disability and Community Practice Advanced
WEL73004 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Advanced
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1 Note 1
Plus four (4) elective units from any University Wide Electives.

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
It is possible to accelerate your studies if you intend to complete the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) after successful completion of the Bachelor of Social Welfare.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 - Trauma Informed Practice Intermediate
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
1st Major unit OR University Wide Elective
2nd Major unit OR University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 1
WEL73001 - Issues of Protection Advanced
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
WEL73002 - Disability and Community Practice Advanced
3rd Major OR University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 2
WEL73004 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Advanced
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced
4th Major unit OR University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 3
WEL91003 - Social Work Foundations for Practice Introductory
WEL91004 - Social Work Direct Practice I Introductory
WEL91002 - Social Policy and Law for Social Work Introductory
Year 4, Session 1
WEL92001 - Social Work across the Lifespan Intermediate
WEL92002 - Social Work in Groups and Communities Advanced
IHE03386 - Health and Indigenous Peoples Intermediate
WEL92003 - Research for Social Work Advanced
Year 4, Session 2
WEL91005 - Social Work Direct Practice II Intermediate
WEL92004 - Social Work Organisations, Leadership and Management Advanced
WEL92005 - Social Work Field Placement IIa Advanced
Year 4, Session 3
WEL92006 - Social Work Field Placement IIb Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 - Trauma Informed Practice Intermediate
1st Major unit OR University Wide Elective
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 3, Session 1
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
WEL73001 - Issues of Protection Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
WEL73004 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Advanced
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
2nd Major unit OR University Wide Elective
3rd Major unit OR University Wide Elective
Year 4, Session 1
WEL73002 - Disability and Community Practice Advanced
4th Major unit OR University Wide Elective
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 - Trauma Informed Practice Intermediate
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
1st Major unit
2nd Major unit
Year 3, Session 1
WEL73001 - Issues of Protection Advanced
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
3rd Major unit WEL73002 - Disability and Community Practice Advanced
4th Major unit
Year 3, Session 2
5th Major unit WEL73004 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Advanced
6th Major unit
7th & 8th Major unit CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1 Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Part-time students should complete the first two units for Year 1, Session 1 and the remaining two units for Year 2, Session 1 and so on.
Year 1, Session 1
POL10244 - Australian Politics Introductory
SOC00118 - Introduction to Sociology Introductory
COM10001 - Effective Communication Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
Year 1, Session 2
SOY10105 - Introduction to Social Welfare Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
BHS00130 - Community Development Introductory
SOC00112 - Social Policy Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BHS30003 - Development across the Lifespan Intermediate
CSL10558 - Case Management and Care Planning Intermediate
CSL00113 - Field Education I Intermediate Note 1 Note 1
Year 2, Session 2
CSL10242 - Trauma Informed Practice Intermediate
LAW00059 - Welfare Law Intermediate
1st University Wide Elective
2nd University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 1
WEL73001 - Issues of Protection Advanced
SOC20001 - Doing Social Research Intermediate
WEL73002 - Disability and Community Practice Advanced
3rd University Wide Elective
Year 3, Session 2
WEL73004 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Advanced
CSL00114 - Field Education II Advanced Note 1 Note 1
4th University Wide Elective

Notes

Note 1: #double weighted unit