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What will I learn?

Life in today's world brings harsh challenges. Poverty, addiction, mental illness, domestic violence and personal crisis can severely impact a person's ability to feel safe, find a stable home and pursue opportunities. As a social worker, you'll provide support and assistance to people and families in need. La Trobe's Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) gives you the clinical knowledge and hands-on skills to launch your career.

You'll learn from world-renowned academics about promoting human rights and the importance of social justice. Our diverse range of subjects provide foundations in both psychology and sociology. Two 14-week placements enable you to put your knowledge and skills into practice and gain professional experience within leading health and welfare organisations in Victoria.

You'll learn:

Sociology and society

Discover the cultural changes that shaped Australian society and how individuals connect with each other.

Foundations of psychological science

Gain the clinical knowledge and skills used to examine human behaviour and treat mental illness.

Human services

Explore the values, ethics and practice of social work and human services.

Social work and inequality

Study the issues of inequality and their impact on people's wellbeing.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognized in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.


With a projected 23,000 job openings over the next 5 years, there is growing demand for social workers in private industries and public sectors, such as:

Community health centres and hospitals

Work alongside other health professionals to provide practical support, counselling, information and emotional support to clients.

Government departments and non-government agencies

Provide case management, counselling and advocacy for clients including children and families.

Mental health and disability services

Recovery oriented practice and support, advocate for policy changes, raise awareness on social issues and connect others with human services.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) has provisional accreditation from The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Professional membership may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Which department am I in?

Department of Health and Nursing



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,000.00 (20,34,261) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2022

More details

Start date

Expected March 2022


Mildura Campus

471 Benetook Avenue,



3500, MILDURA, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$38,000.00 (20,34,261) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected February 2022

More details

Start date

Expected March 2022


La Trobe University

Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus,

Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive,



3086, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants require completion of Australian Year 12 (or international equivalent) with a certain grade. International Baccalaureate (IB): Minimum of 4 in English A1 or A2 (Higher and Standard Levels); or Minimum of 5 in English B (Higher Level), Over six subjects. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL Paper-based Test - Overall score of 550 with 5 or better in TWE (Test of Written English); TOEFL Internet based (iBT): Overall 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing, Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

For international students

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 94 with 19 in Reading, 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 24 in Writing.

La Trobe College Australia ELICOS (LTCA): N/A

La Trobe College Australia Foundation Studies (LTCA): completion of Foundation studies with 80% in English (Academic Communication).

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 58.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 in any component.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 185 with no less than 176 in any component.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

La Trobe University offers below pathways course for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Box Hill Institute
  • Chisholm Institute

About La Trobe University

Research carried out at La Trobe University is ranked among the top 1.4% in the world and the institute offers world-class facilities.

  • Professional teaching environments and links to industries
  • One-to-one support for international students on any issue
  • Career Ready team help students prepare post-graduation life
  • Melbourne is ranked as the fifth best student city in 2017