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What will I learn?

The Specialist Certificate in Advanced Social Work provides advanced skills relevant to social work practice and social policy and addresses the complex and growing challenges faced by this sector.

This course develops your leadership skills and connections in the community and health and services sector and equips you to make a profound impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to prepare social workers for leadership and specialist roles in the health, mental health and human services sectors. It's suitable for qualified social workers at varying stages of their careers, including recent graduates, established practitioners and those seeking to advance their careers or move into a new field of professional practice.

Course aims

By undertaking this course, you will push the boundaries of knowledge, understand and benefit from evidence-informed practice and then respond to the problems that affect individuals, families, communities and organisations. You will develop a deep understanding of knowledge, policy and research as it relates your practice, and learn from leading academics who conduct evidence-based research in the fields of health, mental health, child and family welfare, ageing, social policy, policy evaluation and leadership.

Career outcomes

According to projections, the health and community services sector will grow more rapidly than any other in the next five years*. This will create demand for high-calibre health, community services and social workers, a trend that is echoed internationally. The Advanced Social Work course allows you to take advantage of this demand.

As a graduate of this course, you will have developed the ability to engage in a critical reflection of your own practice and be able to lead effectively in this sector, with the capabilities and skills to build important connections between people and organisations.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (6 months part time)

Tuition fees
AUD $6,776 for the entire course
Application deadline

19 September 2022

More details

Start date

18 July 2022, 10 October 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

To apply for the Specialist Certificate in Advanced Social Work, you are required to have:

an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification (typically a BSW or MSW), which provides eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (or equivalent).

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

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