Social Work

Why study Social Work?

Our postgraduate coursework program is for graduates of other disciplines who wish to move into social work from a related area. We offer a Master qualification and two specialised courses in child and family practice. You will be prepared for key social work roles in community work, social policy, social research, and organisational planning and administration. Our curriculum is based on a social justice philosophy and you will develop the knowledge and skills to work effectively in complex organisations. Practical placement allows you to gain valuable practical skills and experience in the field.

Career opportunities

Social workers are employed in a range of social policy, community and direct practice areas in public and non-government agencies. Areas include hospitals and community based health services, disability, substance abuse, child protection and family care, aged care, indigenous support, housing services, mental health, family services, psychiatric services, protective services, refugee and asylum seeker support services, local government, community work, social justice advocacy, and counselling services.

Courses

Local students

2015

Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Practice

Duration :
1 year part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This course is aimed at experienced practitioners keen to further their
understanding of child and family services. You'll develop competencies and skills by working in child protection, placement and family services. You'll also develop greater confidence in working with children and families, expand on critical thinking and problem-solving skills and improve your
communication skills. Our staff are highly trained, experienced, and very well-regarded within the sector. You'll participate and jointly complete some assessment as part of an enquiry-based learning group with a mix of
professionals from different organisations.

The course is offered jointly by La Trobe, The Bouverie Centre and the Department of Human Services, in partnership with the University of Melbourne's School of Social Work, Berry Street Take Two and the Victorian
Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Prerequisite
Bachelor's degree or equivalent, at least two years of child and family practice experience, current employment in child protection, family services and/ or Aboriginal community control organisation. Students receive full sponsorship by the Department of Human Services.
Fee amount
Indicative (2014): $5,835 (60 credit points)
Costs
You may need to pay for travel and accommodation to attend seminars in Melbourne.
Additional information
This course is taught in block mode comprising five full days per subject.
Students are required to attend all mandatory timetabled classes as advertised including Orientation Day, without interruption from the workplace.
All 2015 timetabled dates including the 2015 Orientation Day will be released in September 2014.
How to apply
Applications will open in mid-September 2014.
You must also complete and submit with your online application before the closing date (TBA):
- the Supplementary Form with all information requested
- your manager's endorsement (Statement of Support). This Statement must be completed by your line manager.
- Certified copies of transcripts which must include a grading schema (results interpretation) page.

Late applications will not be considered.

Successful applicants are sponsored by the Department of Human Services.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Child and Family Practice (Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Master of Social Work

Duration :
2 years full-time or 3-4 years part time.
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Mildura
Year
2015
Course description
This course aims to prepare you for key social work roles where you might work with individuals, families and groups, or in community work, social policy, social research, and organisational planning and administration.

The curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice, and you will acquire the knowledge and skills to work effectively in complex organisations. A key feature is the practical placement component, which allows you to gain practical skills in the field.

You will undertake academic and fieldwork subjects and two supervised
70-day placements (one in each year), in a professional social work agency. You may be required to attend some lectures and seminars in block mode and/or outside official University semester dates.

For more information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions.
Professional recognition
This course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
Prerequisite
- Bachelor's degree
- A minimum grade average of 70 per cent
- Preferably with studies in arts, social sciences, psychology, teaching, nursing or business-related areas.
Fee amount
Indicative (2012): $15,440 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Approximate costs include textbooks (available from the La Trobe Co-op bookshop at approximately A$70-$100 per text), which remain students' personal property. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$16 (for a student with a Victorian residential address) or A$42 (for a student with a residential address outside of Victoria) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). There is a nominal cost for a passport size photo required for WWC check as well as a name badge to be worn on placement (approximately A$10). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, some students may be required to provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
Course commencement is early February 2015.
La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. Graduates who meet minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and relevant prerequisites will be eligible to apply.
Students must obtain a National Police Check (or equivalent) and Working With Children Check before undertaking clinical professional placements.

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. For more information about clinical placements, visit our website
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Please note that some applicants may be required to attend an interview, either in person or by telephone.
See Student Handbook for more details
Social Work (Master)Melbourne
Social Work (Master)Bendigo
Social Work (Master)Mildura
Social Work (Master)Albury-Wodonga

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2015

Master of Social Work (074028J)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
See additional information
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
25 580
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This course aims to prepare you for key social work roles where you might work with individuals, families and groups, or in community work, social policy, social research, and organisational planning and administration.

The curriculum is based on a philosophy of social justice, and you will acquire the knowledge and skills to work effectively in complex organisations. A key feature is the practical placement component, which allows you to gain practical skills in the field.

You will undertake academic and fieldwork subjects and two supervised
70-day placements (one in each year), in a professional social work agency. You may be required to attend some lectures and seminars in block mode and/or outside official University semester dates.

For more information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions.
English Language Requirements
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;

Satisfactory completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B (EFS PG2A 75 per cent) which is available from La Trobe Melbourne. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website;

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
You must have a relevant Bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree, completed in the past five years
(or subsequent postgraduate study and/or relevant work experience) with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant studies include health, human or social sciences.
Additional costs
Approximate costs include textbooks (available from the La Trobe Co-op bookshop at approximately A$70-$100 per text), which remain students' personal property. A National Police Check at a cost of approximately A$16 (for a student with a Victorian residential address) or A$42 (for a student with a residential address outside of Victoria) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). There is a nominal cost for a passport size photo required for WWC check as well as a name badge to be worn on placement (approximately A$10). Prior to commencing clinical or community placements, some students may be required to provide proof of immunisations. Costs may vary depending on previous immunisations, approximately A$250 - $470. Accommodation and travel costs for professional practice placements may vary depending on the venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Additional information
Commencement is early February 2015 at the Melbourne Campus.
Applicants must also submit a Supplementary Form.
Professional recognition
This is an AASW-accredited qualification. 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).
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.
See Student Handbook for more details
Social Work (Master)Melbourne
Social Work (Master)Bendigo
Social Work (Master)Mildura
Social Work (Master)Albury-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

Master of Social Work (graduate level program)

Alternative pathways

Students from different academic backgrounds may be eligible for entry into our Master of Social Work - Graduate Entry.

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.

Specialised courses in Child and Family Practice

These courses are offered jointly by La Trobe University, The Bouverie Centre and the Department of Human Services, in partnership with the University of Melbourne School of Social Work, Berry Street Take Two and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and have been designed for people working in the child protection and family services sector in Victoria (including Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations) who hold a degree or the equivalent and have a minimum of two years' experience in child and family practice experience. Life and work experience will be taken into consideration for applicants with no formal tertiary education.

These courses are funded by the Department of Human Services which pays for course fees and materials.

The Graduate Certificate is for experienced practitioners keen to further develop their understanding of context while extending their conceptual range and direct skills in child and family practice.

The Graduate Diploma is designed for supervisors and frontline managers who want to become more confident and effective leaders in the child and family sector. This program is not scheduled for further intakes.

2015 Intake

Applications for the 2015 Graduate Certificate program will open shortly. The 2015 contact dates will be released when confirmed.

Student profiles

Students from our Faculty talk about their experience at La Trobe.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the Faculty of Health Sciences or focus on staff in Social Work.