What will I learn?

Social workers make an important contribution to the wellbeing and improvement of society. With a strong commitment to social justice and human rights, social workers can be found working with people who are disadvantaged and marginalised by society because of poverty or personal circumstances. As a UOW Social Work graduate you will enter the labour market with extensive skills and knowledge, and supervised professional practice experience. You will be ready to promote social change and development, and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities.

This degree

UOW Social Work offers fresh and innovative content, taught by experts in the Social Work field. The intensive professional experience in this degree will allow you to practise your skills with real people, in real- world situations giving you first-hand Social Work experience. This experience ensures you are job-ready when graduating, making you highly attractive to employers.

What you will study

The UOW Bachelor of Social Work provides a balance of skills, concepts and theory, as well as hands-on experience in professional practice. You will cover the following five areas:

Study of the individual and society: with subjects such as Psychology, Introduction to Social Work and electives from a range of humanities, which will provide an introduction to people and social context.
Skills for practice: you will develop skills to work effectively with people, and use critical insights to understand people and social problems.
Enactment of social justice: enacting social justice is a core requirement when working with individuals, families or communities, and for social researchers and policy developers
Engaging with community: engaging with communities on joint projects is an important part of Social Work, and is central in the program.
Supervised professional practice: in the final years of the degree, you will gain supervised professional practice experience in human service agencies. This is where you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a career as a social worker.

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Analyse the practices, responsibilities and commitments of the social work profession and your location within it.
2 Articulate social work values and ethics and utilise them to make judgments and decisions within the complexity of practice.
3 Demonstrate the purposeful use of skills and knowledge within a range of social work methods of intervention.
4 Use theories from social science disciplines to analyse human behaviour, social policy and social issues, in Australia and internationally.
5 Recognise different value systems and ethical frameworks, including your own, ascertain the moral complexities of your decisions and judgments and acknowledge the consequences of them.
Career opportunities



Aged Care

Children and Child Protection

Family Services

Community Development


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Migrant and Refugees Services

Social Planning

Mental Health

Social Policy


Youth Services

Community Based Research

Program Planning and Evaluation

Women (Including Domestic Violence) and Trauma

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,592.00 (US$ 18,489) per year
AUD $106,368 for the entire course; Session fees: AUD $13,296

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

Application deadline

Expected February 2021

More details

Start date

Expected March 2021


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students wishing to undertake a bachelor’s degree can enter directly from secondary education, or from a foundation studies program in Australia or overseas. UOW recognises secondary qualifications from more than 40 countries and education systems, including GCE A levels, International Baccalaureate and SAT, and can assess students who have completed the equivalent of Australian high school (Year 12) for direct entry to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. English language requirements: IELTS - 6.0 Overall Score; TOEFL - 70 (Reading, Writing - 18, Listening, Speaking - 12) Pearson PTE - 54.

For international students

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 7.0, reading 7.0, writing 7.0, listening 7.0, speaking 7.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 98, reading 25, writing 25, listening 22, speaking 22; PTE Academic overall score of 69, Reading & Writing 69, Speaking & Listening 62

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

About this uni

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students