Social work

Why study social work?

Make a difference by helping people thrive. With the practical skills and knowledge from a social work course, you can help work towards a socially just and equitable society. The strong human rights and social justice focus of our accredited course will prepare you for range of leadership roles, and is widely regarded by employers as offering a contemporary and highly sought after qualification.

We have an extensive network of prospective employers in Australia and overseas, which offers a greater diversity of practical work placement as part of the course - we have community services partners in the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and across Europe.

Accreditation

Our social work courses are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS).

Career opportunities in social work

90-95% of graduates find employment in their field within six months of graduation.*

You can expect to work in schools, hospitals, community health centres and government departments  in the areas of child and family services, counseling, child protection, disability, aging, mental health, refugees and settlement, youth, substance abuse, mediation and rehabilitation.

*Annual survey of graduates conducted by our School of Social Work and Social Policy

Social Work Graduates

Courses

Local students

2017

Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work

Duration :
4.5 years full-time (4 years accelerated) or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Albury-Wodonga 57.1
Bendigo 59.95
Melbourne 62.1
Mildura N/A
Year
2017
About this course
With a focus on the promotion of human rights and social justice, this four-year degree incorporating a postgraduate qualification gives you the skills to contribute to a fairer and more equitable society.

This qualifying social work course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to improve outcomes for individuals, groups and communities through direct practice, community development, developing social policy initiatives, research and evaluation.

Your first year will consist of three interdisciplinary subjects, psychology, sociology and two social work subjects. In second year you'll look at social work theories and develop an understanding of community service organisations and the needs of individuals, families and groups.

A crucial part of the course is our social work field placement program. Under the supervision of an experienced social worker, you'll complete a minimum of two 70-day placements, allowing you to put many of the skills you've acquired during first and second years into practice.

During your third and fourth years you'll focus on the development of inter-personal skills, community development practice, and research and program evaluation recognising the impact of structural features such as class, gender and race.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
Our graduates have gone on to work in program development and evaluation, child protection, disability, family violence and many other contexts. You could take up roles in schools, hospitals, community health centres, community service organizations and government departments. We also have a number of partnerships with employers around the world, giving you the option to work in places like the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Europe.
Professional recognition
This course meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Current Year 12 applicants with work experience must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying.

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Selection may also be based on GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Humanities, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$10 for a name badge. This badge must be purchased from an LTU supplier and this item remains the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Please note that professional placements are unpaid and may be located in metropolitan or rural areas, interstate or overseas. Students may be required to do their placement outside semesters.

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.

You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Human Services/Social WorkMelbourne
Human Services/Social WorkBendigo
Human Services/Social WorkMildura
Human Services/Social WorkAlbury-Wodonga

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work (045898C/074028J)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
30 000
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne, Mildura
Year
2017
About this course
With a focus on the promotion of human rights and social justice, this four-year degree incorporating a postgraduate qualification gives you the skills to contribute to a fairer and more equitable society.

This qualifying social work course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to improve outcomes for individuals, groups and communities through direct practice, community development, developing social policy initiatives, research and evaluation.

Your first year will consist of three interdisciplinary subjects, psychology, sociology and two social work subjects. In second year you'll look at social work theories and develop an understanding of community service organisations and the needs of individuals, families and groups.

A crucial part of the course is our social work field placement program. Under the supervision of an experienced social worker, you'll complete a minimum of two 70-day placements, allowing you to put many of the skills you've acquired during first and second years into practice.

During your third and fourth years you'll focus on the development of inter-personal skills, community development practice, and research and program evaluation recognising the impact of structural features such as class, gender and race.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this 4.5 year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B certificate at postgraduate (EFS PG2a (75%) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 70 and minimum A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - Melbourne: 55.85, Bendigo: 55, Albury-Wodonga: 55.5, Mildura: N/A
International Baccalaureate - 24
GCE A Levels - 7
HKDSE - 2 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - BBC
STPM - 8.67
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 65
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 27 in English other than EAL.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$10 for a name badge. This badge must be purchased from an LTU supplier and this item remains the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Professional recognition
This course meets the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS). Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Career opportunities
Our graduates have gone on to work in program development and evaluation, child protection, disability, family violence and many other contexts. You could take up roles in schools, hospitals, community health centres, community service organisations and government departments. We also have a number of partnerships with employers around the world, giving you the option to work in places like the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia and Europe, subject to visa requirements.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Human Services/Social WorkMelbourne
Human Services/Social WorkBendigo
Human Services/Social WorkMildura
Human Services/Social WorkAlbury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

We offer flexible entry and exit pathways to current and prospective students. You may enter the program at different year levels depending upon your qualifications.

Social work placements

Working alongside experienced professionals is a critical part of your Social Work education. In each of the final two years of your course you will complete a 70 day block placement. Here you will be supervised by a qualified and experienced social worker and will work towards developing the skills required for professional practice. You will have the opportunity to work in diverse and challenging fields of practice including community development, advocacy, research, mental health, education, child and family, disability, health and youth.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

You can apply to take one placement overseas. We have partnerships with a number of international organisations in countries such as the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and China.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

My goal is to become a social worker because I have the need to help others.

Ms Cloe Chenevier,

Finding a supervisor

One of the most important aspects of your research study will be finding a supervisor in Social work.