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Social Work

Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours


Bachelor of Social Work
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Develop skills to help individuals and groups, and promote positive relationships.

Highly ranked course

Curtin’s Bachelor of Social Work course received Five Star ratings across several categories in the Good Universities Guide 2021, including teaching quality, skills development, learning resources, full-time employment and educational experience.

Work experience

 Includes two supervised fieldwork placements.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

Social workers are committed to equality, human rights and social change. They work with individuals, groups and communities to address barriers that impact people’s quality of life, promote positive relationships, and advocate for human rights and social change at the societal, individual, policy and legislative level.

This course gives you the skills you need to work in these areas. You will study in-depth human behaviour and complex social processes; and draw on knowledge from a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, politics, philosophy, health and economics, to learn how people engage with one another, their communities and society.

You will develop the skills and values necessary to counsel individuals and groups, and to work competently with children, young people, adults, the elderly and people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Two supervised fieldwork placements (totalling 1,050 hours over four years) allow you to apply your learning in work environments and develop your professional identity.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Purpose-built teaching spaces and resources.
  • Opportunities for innovative learning to enhance the development of skills necessary for counselling, working with children, group work, mental health and community practice.
  • The qualification is recognised nationally and internationally.
  • Diverse fields of practice.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this accredited course are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, the WA Society of Professional Social Workers, and the International Federation of Social Workers, and may work in many countries.

Career information


  • Community cultural development officer
  • Community liaison officer
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Social worker
  • Welfare case worker.


  • Advocacy and legal support
  • Community corrections and juvenile justice
  • Disability and rehabilitation
  • International development and assistance
  • Services for the ageing
  • Services for migrants and refugees
  • Working with Indigenous communities. 

What you'll learn

  • develop, integrate and apply social work values, knowledge, principles of social work; provide assessment and intervention appropriate to practice context
  • to critically and reflectively analyse issues; generate creative and sustainable solutions across a diversity of contexts
  • locate, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of sources, in enacting in social work practice
  • communicate effectively using a variety of media relevant to the audience and in keeping with ethical principles
  • use appropriate technologies to locate and evaluate information, undertake research, and communicate within and beyond the discipline of Social Work
  • sustain intellectual curiosity by using a range of learning strategies, including professional supervision
  • demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationship between local and global issues, considering multiple perspectives; apply national and international professional standards
  • value and respect the knowledge of Indigenous Australians; demonstrate cultural competencies and inclusive practices; demonstrate commitment to social justice including human rights
  • work effectively and creatively within a variety of practice settings; provide accountable and responsive leadership; demonstrate professional behaviour consistent with social work values, principles, ethics and practice standards

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2020 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Year one and two may be studied part-time. Students are encouraged to study years three and four full-time.

For mid-year enrolment, there may be restrictions on unit availability and enrolment may be on a part-time basis only, which could extend the course duration. Mid-year enrolment is not available to international students. 

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2020

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Indicative essential incidental course fee $646*
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $18,300*
Total indicative course fee $144,200*
Indicative year 1 fee $36,200*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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  • Curtin course code: B-SCWK
  • CRICOS code: 068620K
  • Last updated on: November 25, 2020