Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is a four-year, full-time degree that prepares students for a career as a social worker. This degree provides you with skills and knowledge to impact the lives and wellbeing of others through problem-solving human relationships, promoting social change and enhancing the wellbeing of others. You’ll gain expertise in a wide variety of areas, including core courses in mental health, social work counselling, community work, sociology, psychology and working with Indigenous communities.

In your first year of study, you’ll complete an introduction to social work where you’ll learn the foundations of social work practice in a diverse and changing field. You’ll be guided throughout the program by Social Workers who are experienced in teaching, practice, research and policy.

Field Education & a Professional Portfolio

During the last two years of the degree, you’ll gain hands-on experience in our field education program. Students will complete two diverse placements, in metropolitan and rural Australia or overseas in our partnering countries. You’ll have the opportunity to apply classroom learning in real-life situations for a total of 70 days per placement.

As a social work student, you can focus on particular contexts or methods of practice, by specialising in areas including community health, child welfare or clinical social work. You also have the chance to gain expertise in a variety of practice areas, as well as in research and policy studies from dynamic teachers who are experts in their field.

This degree will help you develop research skills, including research design and methodology. As part of the Honours requirement, in your final year, you’ll complete either a piece of independent research in the form of a thesis or an advanced practice portfolio.

Your Career

UNSW Bachelor of Social Work is one of the most highly regarded social work programs in Australia. Our graduates receive industry accreditation from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

For students seeking alternative pathways to study, students who have studied the relevant diplomas under the TAFE Community Services Training Package will receive TAFE Credit Transfer for up to 48 units of credit (UOC), which is equivalent to one-year, full-time study.

Our graduates can be found working in diverse organisations such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Community health services
  • Policy and advocacy groups
  • Mental health services
  • Child and family organisations
  • Private practice
  • State and federal government
  • Global and not-for-profit organisations (United Nations (UN), UNICEF, Save the Children and Headspace) 


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What Our Students Say

Tahlia Trijibetz

"I chose social work, despite having the marks to get into Psychology, or Medicine, or Law, because it was something I really cared about. I really liked that the UNSW degree was so practical and skills based. While degrees at different unis are required to have similar core courses, I was really excited about the way UNSW structured their degree and their diversity of topics.  I had already known a number of the teachers, or else their reputations had preceded them, and that was a major draw card. I think a course is only as good as the passion of the teachers, so I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to study with them."

– Tahlia Trijbetz, UNSW Bachelor of Social Work Alumn


You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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