Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

RMIT University

Program Overview

Do you want to work with people? Are you passionate about human rights and social justice?

Social workers promote the well-being of individuals, families and communities. They apply their interdisciplinary knowledge about Australian society, social problems and human needs to foster social change and transform lives.RMIT University has been teaching social work for over 40 years, and courses continue to reflect contemporary ideas about social work and its place in a changing world.Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) graduates are resilient, outspoken members of society who advocate a fairer world for all. In your Honours year, you will have the opportunity to pursue a topic on interest in more depth through a traditional thesis or capstone project.



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 32,640


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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  • Australian Society in a Global Context
  • History and Trends in Social Work
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Power and Governance
  • Ethics and Reflexive Practice
  • Social Work Practice
  • Self, Identity and Agency
  • Intercultural Communication

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)

  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

The cost of studying at RMIT University varies largely depending on the type of university and the degree chosen. More often than not, humanities, arts, and education courses are less expensive than degrees in medical, engineering, or management. Furthermore, students who choose to study at the postgraduate level typically pay higher tuition fees, which again vary depending on the programme chosen. Most universities provide scholarships or financial aid to students in order to help them offset their tuition costs. Students should be aware that additional course fees and incidental expenses may not be included in tuition. On average, international students can expect to pay A$ 32,640 annually, to study in RMIT University.

Graduates are highly employable in human services organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government and increasingly in corporate and private enterprise.

Some graduates help to develop social policy; some engage in research; some assist communities develop their own services; and some provide services to individuals and families. In a social work career, there are ample opportunities to pursue different specialisations and interests.

With a working knowledge of social science, research and social work, graduates are eligible for a wide range of human services or community jobs in areas such as:

  • child protection
  • dispute mediation and industrial relations
  • health services and hospitals
  • human resource management
  • policy and advocacy work
  • community development projects
  • program and organisational development
  • immigration advice and referral centres
  • federal and state government departments (Centrelink, Department of Human Services)
  • youth and family services.

Possible job titles include social worker, counsellor advocate, case manager, child protection officer, human resource manager, social policy officer, policy adviser, community worker, community development manager and mediator.

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