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Overview

This five-year degree offers a comprehensive and flexible combined degree program that qualifies you as an accredited social worker, while also allowing you to enhance your qualification with majors and minors that complement the Bachelor of Social Work.

These include sociology, social policy, diversity studies, gender studies or philosophy, offered through the Bachelor of Arts.

You'll undertake integrated studies in social sciences, social policy and social work theory and practice, with a strong emphasis on Australian and comparative social welfare studies.

In the last two years of the degree all students undertake the professional social work program, which includes two fieldwork placements supervised by highly skilled and experienced practitioners in a variety of settings.

We develop field education learning expectations across the program and aim to develop values, skills and knowledge for levels from beginner to a practitioner capable of meeting the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards.

Bachelor of Arts majors include:

Agricultural and Resource Economics Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced)
American Studies History
Ancient Greek Indigenous Studies
Ancient History Indonesian Studies (Introductory)
Anthropology Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory) Indonesian Studies (Advanced)
Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate) International Relations
Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced) International and Comparative Literary Studies
Archaeology Italian Studies (Advanced)
Art History Italian Studies (Intermediate)
Asian Studies Italian Studies (Introductory)
Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew Japanese Studies (Introductory)
Chinese Studies (Introductory) Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)
Chinese Studies (Intermediate) Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)
Chinese studies (Advanced) Japanese Studies (Advanced)
Criminology Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Cultural Studies Korean Studies (Introductory)
Digital Cultures Korean Studies (Intermediate)
Econometrics Korean Studies (Advanced)
Economic Policy Latin
Economics Linguistics
English Modern Greek Studies
European Studies Music
Film Studies Philosophy
Financial Economics Political Economy
French and Francophone Studies (Introductory) Politics
French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate) Socio-Legal Studies
French and Francophone Studies (Advanced) Sociology
Gender Studies Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)
Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)
Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate) Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced) Studies in Religion 
Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory) Theatre and Performance Studies
Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate)  

Subject areas

Note: Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below, as well as standalone minors in Celtic Studies, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)  and Semester 2 (August)

The Semester 2 intake is not available to student visa holders.

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

For full course details see our Handbook.

Work component

Mandatory work component = 980 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course. 

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work candidates must complete 420 hours of work-based placement in Year 4 and 560 hours of work-based placement. Field education is a core component of our Social Work program.

Field education learning expectations are developed across the program and aim to develop values, skills and knowledge for levels from beginner to a practitioner capable of meeting the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Social Work (major in Anthropology, minor in Diversity Studies)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Anthropology major Sociology Arts and Social Sciences elective Diversity Studies minor
  2 Anthropology major Sociology Open Learning Environment unit Diversity Studies minor
2 1 Anthropology major Social Policy Social Work Diversity Studies minor
  2 Anthropology major Sociology Social Work Diversity Studies minor
3 1 Anthropology major Anthropology major Social Work Diversity Studies minor
  2 Anthropology major Anthropology major Open Learning Environment unit Diversity Studies minor
4   Social work program full time      
5   Social work program full time      

This is an indicative study plan only, students may choose other majors and minors.

Assumed knowledge

For Bachelor of Arts: Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.
For Bachelor of Social Work: Depends on subjects chosen.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Inherent requirements for programs in social work
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in social work. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Professional accreditation

This is an AASW-accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Aged care worker
  • Children and families support worker
  • Community worker in programs for people with disabilities
  • Migrant and refugee liaison officer
  • International development worker
  • Social policy adviser
  • Social worker in housing or family welfare 

 

Future study options

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Arts, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas to opportunities for independent research projects. These projects prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

International students

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