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Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

The University of Newcastle

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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, law for social work, psychology, social policy and planning, social work, social work ethics and 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 (AASW).

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 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.


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

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: English Standard or English Advanced, Society and Culture, Community and Family Studies, languages.

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.

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.

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.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

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.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

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 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. 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 the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. 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.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the UAC course search regularly.

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

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.