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Education and Social Work

Through teaching or social work you can make a world of difference. At the University of Sydney you’ll explore ideas and issues in your chosen field to become a highly informed practitioner and a lifelong learner.

Make an impact
At Sydney we have education programs in early childhood, primary and high school teaching with diverse specialisations including drama, English and languages, science, mathematics, economics, physical education, history, music and social sciences. Our graduates enjoy the rewarding experience of developing the next generation of thinkers.

Improve lives
Motivated by your commitment to social justice and human rights, studying social work at Sydney will engage you in policy development, frontline social care, counselling, advocacy and community development. You too can change lives for the better through a broad variety of work with vulnerable children, people with disabilities, refugees, senior citizens, victims of war or crime and families affected by drugs or alcohol. 

Practical experience
A key element of our education and social work degrees is practical experience. Placements throughout your degree will provide the opportunity to apply your knowledge and gain hands-on experience.

Note: The Bachelor of Education (School and Community Education)/Bachelor of Arts, which was advertised in the University of Sydney’s 2019 Undergraduate Guide, will not be on offer in 2019.

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?

We talk to three of our teaching grads

Social Work at the University of Sydney

Help change the world

*QS World Rankings by Subject 2020

Ranked 20th in the world for education


Our education degrees are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority


Our social work degrees are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.