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Bachelor of  Social Work (Honours)

Program code: 2382
QTAC code: 734001
CRICOS code: 085539F


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

Would you like to help create a more inclusive society? The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) allows you to gain the skills needed to champion the rights of disadvantaged groups and contribute to social justice.

  • The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) provides you with core knowledge in social work, social policy and research. This internationally recognised program is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Undertake the only four-year honours degree that lets you choose an area of specialist practice, allowing you to become a more effective practitioner. Choose to specialise in Child, Youth and Family, Mental Health, or Health and Ageing.
  • Benefit from award-winning educators and innovative teaching methods that simulate real-world encounters. You'll work with a range of different people to address issues through interpersonal, community and policy solutions.
  • Complete coursework and a research project as you spend more than 1000 hours on supervised placements gathering valuable hands-on experience. You can also complete a rural, interstate or international placement in your final year.

This program develops your professional insight to provide support and guidance to vulnerable people, while implementing change that supports fundamental values of human dignity and worth.

  • Fast Facts

    National leaders

    Our social work researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means you will learn from leaders in teaching and research. This includes award-winning educators such as former President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy.

  • Employability

    Join a growing profession

    The Australian Government projects a social work job growth of 28.2 per cent across the next five years. By 2019, it is anticipated there will be 44,000 social workers employed in Australia (Department of Employment).

  • Alumni

    Meet Jess, a social worker at MICAH Projects

  • Students

    Learn about the Bachelor of Social Work

Majors for this program

There are 3 majors available in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Our graduates are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, developed professional skills, strong awareness of ethical issues, and advanced critical and analytical skills.

They typically find high-level work in areas such as:

  • Government agencies
  • child protection
  • drug and alcohol support clinics
  • Indigenous health and welfare agencies
  • residential care
  • community organisations
  • not-for-profit groups
  • private practice and public sector healthcare.

In these sectors, graduates often work as advocates or negotiators and act for people who are facing discrimination, or for people who are unable to act for themselves. Many of our honours graduates also work in areas of policy development or research.

Some of our more experienced honours graduates work as CEOs of government and non-government organisations, policy officers, community development workers, international aid workers, family therapists, probation officers and juvenile justice workers.

Other graduates further their research ambitions and enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

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  • Students
    "During my studies I have participated in the UQ Advantage Award where I had the opportunity to complete a month volunteering in Cambodia on a community development project. The practical experience, personal sense of achievement and professional insights I gained have been invaluable and incredibly rewarding." Kris Flint, graduate


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake approximately 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of public and private agencies. You will have the opportunity during your placements to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings. You may also complete a rural, interstate or international placement in your final year.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Association Of Social Workers

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of minors available in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

Minors are listed on academic transcripts, but are not listed on your degree certificate when you graduate.

Child, Youth and Family (Minor)

This minor provides a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of social work practice with children, young people and families. The courses focus on practice in both statutory and non-government service organisations. Learning activities include a focus on developing students' understanding of the legal, policy and organisational environments of practice with children, young people and families with a strong focus on understanding the Queensland and national environments of practice.

Health and Ageing (Minor)

This minor will focus on social work practice in a variety of settings, including hospital and community settings. Courses focus on developing an understanding of theoretical perspectives which influence practice in health and ageing and the policy, legal and organisational environments of practice in health and ageing, with a strong focus on understanding the Australian context.

Mental Health (Minor)

This minor provides a comprehensive knowledge and skills base for advanced practice in mental health for social work practice with people with mental health problems in everyday social work settings. The emphasis is on understanding the living experience of mental illness and treatments as a starting point for helping.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of minors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $29,216
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

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Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow adequate time for their student visa to be processed.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

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