Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

RMIT University

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) / Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) combines two highly respected degrees to give you a unique, broad grounding across both areas.This degree will increase your knowledge and understanding of human development, and how such factors interact within individual, group, organisational, community and policy contexts. You will be prepared to think critically about the social world and to influence change through your practice, advocacy, or research. Social workers and psychologists often work side-by-side in organisations where a balancing act of expertise in both areas is required.You will be prepared for employment in general social work practice and settings requiring an understanding of psychology. You will be equipped to apply interdisciplinary knowledge to address complex social problems.



  Course Duration

60 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 32,640


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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  • Australian Society in a Global Context
  • Foundations of Psychology
  • History and Trends in Social Work
  • Power and Governance
  • Ethics and Reflexive Practice
  • Social Work Practice
  • Principles of Psychology
  • 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.

Graduates are prepared to work in direct practice with individuals and families, in community development contexts, and in social policy, advocacy, and research roles. There are ample opportunities to pursue different specialisations and interests.

With your working knowledge of social science, psychology and social work, you'll be eligible for a wide range of human services or community jobs in areas such as:

  • mental health

  • child protection

  • dispute mediation and industrial relations

  • health services and hospitals

  • human resource management

  • policy and advocacy work

  • community development projects

  • disability services

  • program and organisational development

  • immigration advice and referral centres

  • federal and state government departments (Centrelink, Department of Human Services)

  • youth and family services.

Careers include:

  • social worker

  • psychologist

  • counsellor advocate

  • case manager

  • local area co-ordinator

  • child protection officer

  • human resource manager

  • social policy officer

  • policy adviser

  • community worker

  • community development manager

  • mediator.

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