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Bachelor of  Social Work (Honours)

Program code: 2382
QTAC code: 734001
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

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

    Learn from award-winning educators and leaders in teaching and research, including the former President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy. Our social work researchers scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • In the classroom

    Learn to deal with any situation

    Engage in simulated activities that will prepare you for the scenarios you are likely to encounter in social work practice, and learn strategies to respond to any situation.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) in 2018:

10 78 27

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest3 / 96 2 / 98
Median8 / 84 8 / 84
Lowest12 / 73 10 / 78

Learn more about the admissions 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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study15 31.91%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study6 12.77%
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
18 38.3%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International students<5 <5
Total47 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<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 protect the privacy of students in other cells.


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.

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.

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, please see Programs and Courses 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.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,933
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is 734001. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

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.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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