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CG79 - Bachelor of Social Work

About the Social Work

The program is a four year program of two terms per year that includes a range of core social work courses and a number of courses from cognate disciplines such as psychology, sociology and Indigenous studies. From 2011 onwards there are two field education experiences undertaken at the beginning of the third year of the program (12 weeks equivalent full time work) and the final term of the fourth year (16 weeks equivalent full time work). The field education experiences are undertaken in a human service organisation in accordance with the requirements of the Australian Association of Social Workers, are usually unpaid, and supervised by a qualified social worker. A full-time study load comprises of four courses per semester (excluding the field education semesters) and there is a compulsory on campus residential school attached to one  social work course in each term. From 2011 onwards these residentials comprise three day blocks delivered from both Noosaville and Rockhampton campuses.

All students entering the program enrol in the Bachelor of Social Work. Those who choose to terminate their studies and exit early will (providing all relevant courses have been satisfactorily completed) be eligible for an Associate Degree (Human Services) at the second year exit point (96 credit points) or a Bachelor of Human Services at the third year exit point (144 credit points).  All students progressing successfully through the Bachelor of Social Work degree program will be eligible for interim awards of an Associate Degree Community Welfare at the two year completion point (96 credit points) and a Bachelor of Community Welfare at the three year completion point (144 credit points).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Social Workers facilitate change for the most vulnerable people in the population. The purpose of the profession is to facilitate resources that assist vulnerable people to address social inequalities and social exclusion, create better standards of living, and enhance individual  and community wellbeing. A social work qualification provides the knowledge, values, and skills to facilitate change for individuals, groups, families, organisations, neighbourhoods, communities, and societies.  A Bachelor of Social Work in Australia qualifies graduates to practice in a diverse range of human service sectors across every State and Territory in Australia and several countries overseas. The three most prominent sectors in which social workers are found are  community care; health and aged care; and government administration, justice and defence.  Social workers are employed at both Commonwealth and State levels of service delivery. Social workers are also employed by community organisations such as Lifeline, Centacare, Anglicare, Red Cross, Women's Health, and neighbourhood centres.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years full time and 8 years part time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
Courses/Units of Credit 28 courses/192 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic - QTAC

QTAC codes: 850555 External

Entry Requirements Prerequisites: (English 4, SA)
Professional Accreditation All discipline plans of this program are accredited by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
Residential School Yes (compulsory)
Practicum/Work placement Yes
Exit Awards Bachelor of Human Services (third year) , Associate Degree Human Services (second year)
Interim Awards Bachelor of Community Welfare (third year) , Associate Degree of Community Welfare (second year)
Post Nominal BSocWk 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

The aim of the program is to produce professionally qualified Social workers who meet the requirements of the practice standards of the professional accreditation association, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and will be eligible for accreditation by AASW.


Program Structure

To be eligible to graduate with the BSW students will need to successfully complete 28 courses. There are opportunities for students to choose amongst several electives, available in both first and fourth years, the number will depend on whether they qualify for the Honours program.

Courses Offered

Course Code Course Name
Year 1 - T1
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
SOCL11055 Introduction to Sociology
SOWK11014 Contemporary Human Services
Plus one of the following:
INDG11013 Introductory Aboriginal & Islander History
INDG11006 Foundations of Indigenous Learning
NOTE: INDG11006 is NOT AVAILABLE Term 1 2011
Year 1 - T2
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology
SOCL11056 Australian Society
SOWK11015 Professional Communication in Human Services
SOWK11016 Human Services in Statutory Contexts
Year 2 - T1
SOWK12008 Theories of Change for Professional Practice I
SOWK12009 Casework and Case Management
SOWK12012 Organisational Practice
SOWK12013 Contemporary Social Policy
Year 2 -T2
SOCL19069 Social Research Methods
SOWK12010 Theories of Change for Professional Practice II
SOWK12011 Social Group Work and Family Work
SOWK12014 Ethical Professional Practice
Year 3 - T1
SOWK13009 Fieldwork Education 1
SOWK13010 Integrating Theory and Practice 1
Year 3 - T2
SOWK13011 Community Practice
SOWK13012 Professional Practice and Mental Health
SOWK13013 Professional Practice with Children, Youth and Families
SOWK14004 Reconciliation in the Workplace and Community
Year 4 - T1
Students must complete 4 courses in total. These include the following 2 courses:  
SOWK14005 Advanced Professional Communication Skills
SOWK14006 Professional Leadership in Human Services
PLUS choose 2 courses from the following:
SOCL19066 Community Analysis
SOCL19065 Rural Sociology and Social Services
SOCL19062 Policy Power and Politics
INDG19016 Contemporary Indigenous Issues
SOCL19071 State, Ethnicity and Gender
HRMT11011 Human Resources in Organisations
LAWS11045 Law and Welfare of Society A
NURS12128 Drugs in Society
OR 1 elective from the above recommended Sociology list AND the following:  
SOWK14008 Honours Coursework: Research Methods
Year 4 - T2
SOWK14009 Fieldwork Education 2
SOWK14010 Integrating Theory and Practice 2
SOWK14011 Honours Project: Dissertation *

* SOCL19069 Social research methods, SOWK14008 Honours Coursework:Research Methods and SOWK14011Honours Project:Dissertation are  compulsory for Honours students.

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