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Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work - BSW(Curtin) - B-SCWK Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

Social work is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career devoted to social justice and positive social change. It focuses on improving people’s quality of life, promoting positive relationships and human rights advocacy.

This degree can provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a professional social work practitioner. You will have the opportunity to study in-depth human behaviour and complex social processes. Social work draws on knowledge from a range of disciplines including: economics, health, philosophy, politics, psychology and sociology. The course focuses on how people understand each other, and the interactions between people, their communities and society.

In this course, you can use purpose-built teaching spaces and resources to facilitate innovative learning and help you develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for counselling with individuals and groups, working with adults, older people and children and young people.

You will engage with the diverse fields of practice of mental health recovery, community practice, social policy, violence and abuse and research. You will be encouraged to critically reflect on everyday life, and to understand how people relate to each other and their environments.

Two field placements offer you the opportunity to apply your learning with supervision from a qualified social work practitioner.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and either MC Verbal

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

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External study is available on a limited basis. Please contact us for more information.

Part-time study is available for year 1 and year 2. Thereafter students are advised to enrol on a full-time basis.

The July intake is intended for course switching students. Places are limited. Enrolment may be on a part-time basis depending on unit availability, which could extend the course duration.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this accredited course are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, the WA Society of Professional Social Workers, and the International Federation of Social Workers, and may work in many countries.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Social Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Case Worker
  • Program Officer/Coordinator
  • Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Community Development Worker.

Why Social Work?

  • Purpose-built teaching spaces and resources.
  • Opportunities for innovative learning to enhance the development of skills necessary for counselling, working with children, group work, mental health and community practice.
  • The qualification is recognised nationally and internationally.
  • You may find work in the human services field, in government and non-government agencies, and in the private sector.
  • Diverse fields of practice, including advocacy and legal support, community corrections and juvenile justice, disability and rehabilitation, international development and assistance, services for the aging, services for migrants and refugees, and working with Indigenous communities.