Credit transfers and advanced standing
For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU
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.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
International tuition fees
The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $25,832.00. This equates to $3,229.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.
You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.
CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.
Why study community services & social work at CDU?
Study Social Work with us and make a real difference to local communities, families and individuals, or in the humanitarian aid industry abroad. You'll gain knowledge and skills through placements, intensive units and theoretical knowledge, and graduate as a culturally competent specialist ready to create change.
- #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
- #3 in Australia for social work starting salaries (GUG 2022)
- Flexibility and support to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online
What will I study?
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
| Compulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as detailed below.
HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion
|Specialist Elective Units totalling 20 credit points selected from the following specialist elective streams:
PSY140 Psychology A (replaced by PSY150 2022)
|Total Credit Points|
Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Diploma AQF Level 5 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2022
AOD201 has been replaced by AOD202. Students that have completed AOD201 prior to 2022 should not complete AOD202.
PSY140 has been replaced by PSY150. Students that have completed PSY140 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY150.
PSY202 has been replaced by PSY203. Students that have completed PSY202 prior to 2022 should not complete PSY203.
Course Changes - 2021
HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction has replaced HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health from 2021. Students have completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
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 load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or 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.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit||SE = Specialist Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion||CO||HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)||CO|
|SWK101 Introduction to Human Services||CO||SWK102 Communication Skills||CO|
|IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives||CO||SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work||CO|
|Specialist elective 1||SE||Specialist elective 2||SE|
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 load Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or 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.
|Legend:||CO = Core Unit||SE = Specialist Elective|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|HSC132 Introduction to Health Promotion (External only)||CO|
|SWK102 Communication Skills||CO|
|SWK202 Dynamics of Group Work||CO|
|Specialist elective 1||SE|
|HSC220 Society, culture and health: A sociological introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021)||CO|
|SWK101 Introduction to Human Services||CO|
|IAS245 Indigenous Contemporary Perspectives||CO|
|Specialist elective 2||SE|
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.
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 undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.
|IELTS Academic Module||A minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.|
|Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)||A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 169.|
|Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency||A minimum overall grade of B2.|
|Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module||A minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 50.|
|TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)||A minimum overall score of 60 and a minimum writing score of 21.|
* 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest rank to receive an offer||<5||<5|
|Median rank to receive an offer||<5||<5|
|Highest rank to receive an offer||<5||<5|
"<5" indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
CDU brings social work to life. The lecturers are experts from various sectors of social work practice.
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 5.
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)
|B. Vocational education and training (VET) study||<5||N/P|
|C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|D. Recent secondary education
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
"<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.
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