If you are driven to help people deal with personal and social problems, either directly or by planning and carrying out programs that will beneﬁt groups or communities, the Western Sydney University's Social Work degree is the ideal program of study.
The Bachelor of Social Work gives you the valuable skills and knowledge you need for effective professional practice as a social worker. It emphasises practical skills and makes you job-ready as you complete over 1,000 hours of supervised ﬁeld placements. At the same time, you will access social research and theoretical perspectives.
This will establish a pathway to a rewarding career in social work within private or government agencies, welfare support organisations, community groups or in health.
The degree is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (opens in new window)Opens in a new window, and our graduates are eligible for membership of the AASW.
Career opportunities for the Bachelor of Social Work
Community development worker
Working in community development involves collaborating to make collective decisions about how a particular community can move forward in a beneficial way. You work with individuals and families as well as whole communities to provide advice, services and plans for them to achieve particular goals. Often, community development workers act as a link between volunteer organisations and the community.
Casework and case management
A caseworker provides individuals with advice, services and direction that relate to their interests. Caseworkers work for a variety of government, non-government and voluntary organisations usually in the areas of child protection, drug and alcohol services or community health.
Youth workers support and advise young people on their behaviorial, environmental or developmental needs. The work involves writing reports, assessing needs and risks as well as conducting programs amongst other things.
Social policy development
Policy development involves researching, compiling and analysing a range of facts that relate to the benefit of society. It involves working with a range of government agencies and community groups to pinpoint relevant solutions.
Counsellors provide assistance to people struggling with emotional issues and offer advice and guidance. They may specialise in particular areas, such as health, grief management etc.
Juvenile justice worker
Working in juvenile justice may involve counselling, supervising or managing young people detained in a detention facility.
- Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre.
- Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.
- International applicants must apply directly to The University via the International Office.
- International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.