Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Newcastle – Callaghan 484100 CSP 4F/EqP 24 Feb 2020
Central Coast – Ourimbah 484110 CSP 4F/EqP 24 Feb 2020


A Bachelor of Social Work provides a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities enabling you to make a difference to individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. There is a strong demand for qualified social workers and job opportunities are broad and rewarding. Social work fosters a strong commitment to human rights and social justice enabling graduates to encourage social change, tackle structural disadvantage and create opportunities for others to achieve their goals.

Areas of study: Aboriginal studies, human services, law, psychology, social work, sociology.

Career opportunities: Aged care, child protection, health, education, disability, family and relationship counselling, mental health and substance use, social policy, refugees and asylum seekers, income support and housing, community development.

Professional recognition: Accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Practical experience: Your work readiness will be strengthened by in-demand industry experience throughout your program of study including: minimum 1,000 hours of supervised field education placements; industry-engaged simulation learning, project-based and research with industry partners; opportunities for collaborative cross-disciplinary learning and community engagement such as the Law on the Beach clinic.

In order for you to attend clinical placement while at the University of Newcastle you must meet the Social Work Placement Requirements including the NSW Health Verification standards.

Honours: All students who complete the requirements of the program will graduate with an honours degree. Graded honours is based on merit and awarded to eligible students based on performance in the honours research and thesis components.

Fees and charges: Visit the University of Newcastle website for current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle. Visit the University of Newcastle website.

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

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Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search on the UAC website or the My UAC app regularly throughout the 2019–20 admissions period.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2018)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
484100 67.05 76.48 91.30 73.05 81.98 99.30
484110 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5 <5


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2019 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2015 to 2017) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2017 Year 12 students and 2015/16 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2017 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank