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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Social Work

If you are passionate about human rights and have a strong sense of social justice, this is the perfect course to begin your journey towards a rewarding career in social work. Deakin’s Bachelor of Social Work equips you with the knowledge and skills to enhance the wellbeing of others through an understanding of policy, socioeconomic factors, and social equity issues.

Gain the skills to work effectively with individuals, families, and communities to address key factors causing inequality. With an emphasis on progressive, student-centered teaching practices, we ensure you learn the latest approaches to enable social change and improve the lives of others. 1000 hours of practice education placements will give you invaluable hands-on experience as you learn from qualified social work practitioners. You’ll complete two placements in a variety of communities and workplaces in metropolitan, regional or rural settings, ensuring you gain multiple perspectives and graduate job-ready.

Want to graduate with the skills and professional experience to launch a career in helping others?

This course will empower you to become an enabler of positive social change, helping you to improve the quality of life for those who need it most. You’ll cover contemporary social topics including:

  • human behavior
  • public policy
  • processes and interventions
  • social justice.

You’ll gain an understanding of a range of social research methods and contemporary health issues - learning how to design and conduct research relevant to social work practice.

Practice Education 

Students must complete two practice education units, each involving a minimum of 500 hours (across at least 65 days) of practicum (field placement) in a social or community service agency or program. Students must also attend and participate in the associated pre-placement preparation seminars at Waterfront (Geelong) in the Trimester prior to the placement being undertaken - dates to be advised.

Campus Information

Geelong Waterfront Campus

Located in the heart of Geelong, the Geelong Waterfront Campus has spectacular views of the bay. Used as wool stores in the 19th century, this campus has been renovated to create an impressive, modern space that offers an inspiring study environment. The unique mix of old and new allows for engaging and creative spaces, and its central location means students can visit Geelong’s central business district between classes. In 2019 a new ferry travelling between Melbourne and Geelong was launched. The ferry offers a comfortable and convenient mode of transport. It docks a short walk from the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Train and bus services are also regularly available between Geelong and Melbourne.


  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Social work is part of a growing human services field, with graduates working across local, state, and federal government departments, in private and non-government human services organizations, and in various advocacy, policy-making, and tribunal capacities.

After completing this course, you will be a sought-after graduate, ready to pursue a rewarding career in social work. You may work in many general and specialist areas of social work such as:

  • activism
  • advocacy
  • community development
  • consultancy
  • counseling
  • drug and alcohol counseling
  • education
  • facilitation
  • family therapy
  • health
  • housing
  • policy development and research
  • program management and coordination
  • refugee assistance and tribunal capacities
  • assisting groups such as the aged, women, youth, or multicultural populations.

Examples of specific roles you may pursue include:

  • careers counselor
  • case manager
  • child and family counselor
  • child protection officer
  • community development access officer
  • community development and education officer
  • disability support coordinator
  • diversity officer
  • drug and alcohol case manager
  • family relationship adviser
  • mental health coordinator
  • school counselor
  • youth projects officer

PSW Opportunity

  • Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Inherent requirements

Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification, and practice safely. 

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.

Mandatory student checks

In accordance with the Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunization status to satisfy the requirements of health organizations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organization may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunization status is not satisfactory to the health organization.