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Social Work

Bachelors Degree Pass/Honours


Bachelor of Social Work
Admission criteria
Minimum ATAR 70
4 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Develop the skills and values necessary to counsel individuals and groups, and promote positive relationships and advocate for human rights.

Work experience

Two supervised fieldwork placements help you apply your learning and develop your professional identity.

Highly ranked course

Top 10 nationally for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Subjects.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

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.

In this course you will study in-depth human behaviour and complex social processes.

You’ll 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.

Curtin’s Bachelor of Social Work course received Five Star ratings across several categories in the Good Universities Guide 2020, including teaching quality, learner engagement, learning resources, skills development, full-time employment and salary.

The course was ranked number one nationally (subject rankings) in the University Reviews Australian Ranking 2017.

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.
  • You may find work in the human services field, in government and non-government agencies, and in the private sector.
  • Diverse fields of practice, including advocacy and legal support, community corrections and juvenile justice, disability and rehabilitation, international development and assistance, services for the aging, services for migrants and refugees, and working with Indigenous communities.  

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

  • Counsellor
  • Case Worker
  • Program Officer/Coordinator
  • Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Community Development Worker

Social workers advocate for social change at the societal, individual, policy and legislative level. Social workers are often in roles where their position title is not necessarily ‘social worker’.

  • Social Worker
  • Welfare Case Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Community Liaison Officer
  • Community Cultural Development Officer

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

Admission criteria

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.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Minimum ATAR : 70
  • STAT entry : Written English and MC Verbal

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Other admission options

Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made (exclusive of any adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

View the lowest ATAR (excluding adjustments) of an applicant who was offered a place in this course in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available.

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin webpage.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course in either semester one or two, you need to have:

  • Completed a minimum of 75 credits, with a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher, and
  • An academic status of Good Standing.

Contact the Course Coordinator if you do not meet these requirements as consideration may be given to students with extenuating circumstances.


Students in the UniReady enabling program must achieve a course weighted average (CWA) of 60% or higher. Students must complete:

  • PWRP001 Fundamentals of Academic Writing; and
  • COM002 Foundations of Communication; and
  • BIOL0001 Introduction to Health Sciences or HUMN0001 Introduction to Humanities.

Course switching may lengthen the duration of your course depending on what units you have completed in your previous studies.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to other higher education course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

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, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

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: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2020

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $7,750*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*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 – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

On Campus

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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  • Curtin course code: B-SCWK
  • CRICOS code: 068620K
  • Last updated on: December 12, 2019