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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Social Work

2022

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104611
590440
Online (CSP)
104611
590440
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
058608M
Course duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Part-time
8 year/s
Course duration
Full-time
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Yes
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

WSCWK1

Award
Bachelor of Social Work
Faculty/College
College of Health and Human Sciences
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine
Society and Welfare Studies

The Bachelor of Social Work is a professionally recognised course that prepares you to pursue a career as a social worker, where you will work with people to achieve changes to improve their lives. You will guide and support the individual client, family, or community to meet their goals.

You will do this by providing support, counselling, case management, and/or community development. You will be an advocate for social change to create a more socially just society. You will walk beside those who are vulnerable, identifying their strengths and capacity for making change.

With the Bachelor Social Work, you will gain the knowledge and skills required to work with individuals, families, groups and communities. You will develop practical skills to work effectively and safely with those in crisis, vulnerable or impacted by poverty and social disadvantage.

Key areas of your coursework include multi-disciplinary practice, cross-cultural practice and working in virtual contexts and with practical skills based on the entry/application requirements of organisations.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Work qualify for membership to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for VET to Higher Education

Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

All International applicants must apply through StudyLink unless currently studying year 12 in Australia. Only International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC.

  • The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2021.

    Applicant background (Semester one intake 2021) No. of Students % of all Students
    A. Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    35 63.0
    B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 7 13.0
    C. Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/P
    D. Recent secondary education
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)

    <5 N/P
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)

    <5 N/P
    International students 7 13.0
    All students 56 101.0

    Notes
    "<5" - the number of students is less than 5
    N/A - Students not accepted in this category
    N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 60*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 140.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program, the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.
  • Defence members with service of 1 year or more at the following ranks (or higher) meet the academic entry requirement for this course:
    ~Air Force: Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman, Corporal, Leading Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman
    ~Army: Corporal, Lance Corporal, Private
    ~Navy: Able Seaman, Leading Seaman, Seaman

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either:

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176 with no skill below 176.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score less than 58 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 22.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

ATAR profile

The following table represents the ATAR and selection rank profile for applicants offered a place on the basis of their ATAR in semester 1, 2021

ATAR based offers only ATAR
(excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest rank to receive an offer 66.10 67.85
Median rank to receive an offer 71.10 82.90
Highest rank to receive an offer 98.35 99.40

Notes
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.

Course structure

The course is a 4 year full-time program comprised of core, common and elective units including introductory units in social work, psychology and sociology, direct practice with individuals and groups, community work and community development, theories of social work practice, legal issues, social policy and remote and regional practice. The core units include practical skill development combined with theoretical knowledge. Students will undertake two practicums undertaking contact with clients and in social policy/research roles.

The BSW is offered both internally and online. As part of the requirements for completion of the degree students are mandated to attend 20 days of face to face classes, as a requirement of the professional accreditation with AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers).


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 320 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Common Units
(2 units)
20cp

Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.

CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability

Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
 

Core Units
(25 units)
290cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 290 credit points as per the list of units detailed below.

PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A
IAS123 Sociological Perspectives (replaces SOC140 from 2020)
IAS222 Global Sociology (replaces SOC145 from 2020)
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services
SWK102 Communication Skills
SWK103 Social Work Skills A
IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives (replaces ATI200 from 2020)
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
SWK201 Human Service Organisations
SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work
SWK203 Social Work Skills B
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities
SWK302 Social Work Theory and Practice
SWK311 Social Policy
SWK312 Social Research Methods
SWK313 Engaging with Individuals and Families in Partnership
SWK314 Ethics Rights and Social Justice
SWK315 Social Work Practice in Mental Health
SWK316 Building Safe Communities (previously SWK401)
SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (previously SWK404)
SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice (previously SWK405)
SWK323 Legal Issues in Social Work (previously SWK403)
SWK330 Field Education A (30 credit points)
SWK402 Integrated Methods in Social Work
SWK430 Field Education B (30 credit points)

Specialist Electives
(0 units)
 
0cp Specialist Elective units totalling 0 credit points 

There are no specialist elective units for this course
 

Electives
(1 unit)
10cp Elective units totalling 10 credit points selected from undergraduate units offered by the University

 

  320cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.

Of the total 320 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 120 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 80 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

Study plan


  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

All students are required to attend compulsory intensive workshops.

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge and pre-requisites for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level.  200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SWK201.
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability  CU CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO IAS222 Global Sociology (replaces SOC145 from 2020) CO
IAS123 Sociological Perspectives (replaces SOC140 from 2020) CO SWK102 Communication Skills CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO SWK103 Social Work Skills A  (contains 5-day intensive) CO
Year 2
IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives (replaces ATI200 from 2020) CO PSY202 Developmental Psychology CO
SWK201 Human Service Organisations CO SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work CO
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities CO SWK203 Social Work Skills B (contains 5-day intensive) CO
SWK311 Social Policy CO SWK302 Social Work Theory and Practice (contains 5-day intensive) CO
Year 3
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO SWK314 Ethics, Rights and Social Justice CO
SWK313 Engaging with Individuals and Families in Partnership  CO SWK330 Field Education A (30cp) CO
SWK315 Social Work Practice in Mental Health CO    
SWK323 Legal Issues and Social Work (previously SWK403) CO    
Year 4
SWK402 Integrated Methods in Social Work  (contains 5-day intensive) CO SWK316 Building Safe Communities (previously SWK401) CO
SWK430 Field Education B (30cp) CO SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (previously SWK404) CO
    SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice (previously SWK405) CO
     Elective 1 E

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.  Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area at a lower level.  200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200 i.e. SWK201.

Elective units may be selected from any undergraduate higher education units on offer (in any discipline).
 

Legend: CU = Common Unit CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective E = Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CU
    IAS222 Global Sociology (replaces SOC145 from 2020) CO
    SWK102 Communication Skills CO
    SWK103 Social Work Skills A (contains 5-day intensive) CO
Year 2
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CU PSY202 Developmental Psychology CO
PSY140 Introduction to Psychology A CO SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work CO
IAS123 Sociological Perspectives (replaces SOC140 from 2020) CO SWK203 Social Work Skills B (contains 5-day intensive) CO
SWK101 Introduction to Human Services CO SWK302 Social Work Theory and Practice (contains 5-day intensive) CO
Year 3
IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives (replaces ATI200 from 2020) CO SWK314 Ethics, Rights and Social Justice CO
SWK201 Human Service Organisations CO SWK330 Field Education A (30cp) CO
SWK301 Working with and Developing Communities CO    
SWK311 Social Policy  CO    
Year 4
SWK312 Social Research Methods CO SWK316 Building Safe Communities (previously SWK401) CO
SWK313 Engaging with Individuals and Families in Partnership CO SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (previously SWK404) CO
SWK315 Mental Health Social Work CO SWK318 Skills for Regional and Remote Practice (previously SWK405) CO
SWK323 Legal Issues in Social Work (previously SWK403) CO Elective 1 E
Year 5
SWK402 Integrated Methods in Social Work (contains 5-day intensive) CO    
SWK430 Field Education B (30cp) CO    

 

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - undergraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATAC

 

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UAC

 

MyNextCourse

Direct applications are open for those students who have previously completed one of the following courses at CDU or BIITE*:

  • Certificate III or Certificate IV
  • Diploma
  • Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP)
  • Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS)
  • Undergraduate Degree

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*Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

International students

How to apply direct to CDU

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

You will need a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

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