La Trobe University

Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
4 years full-time as accelerated (equivalent to 4.5 years full-time study). Some students may take longer.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

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Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

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.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Non-Year 12 selection: Consideration will be given to the entire educational history, which may include ATAR/ENTER, GPA/WAM, STAT Multiple Choice and VTAC Personal Statement. All applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work experience or reason for applying. Applications may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.

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.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

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

The Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Graduates of the Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work may apply for membership with the AASW. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.

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.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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Additional information

This course has a clinical component. All 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 further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.
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Inherent requirements
This course has inherent requirements (PDF, 244KB) which are the fundamental parts of a course that must be met by all students. They are the abilities, knowledge and skills you need to complete the course. It is important that all applicants understand these requirements prior to applying for the course. You may impede your progression or ability to complete the course if you are unable to meet some of these requirements. Speak to the Course Coordinator (details in Handbook) if you have any questions about your ability to be successful in this course. If you have a disability or ongoing medical condition you may consult a Disability Advisor for further information on reasonable adjustments.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: