BP113 - Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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Plan: BP113SOSDD - Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Social Work/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Award abbreviation: BSocWk/BSocSc(Psych)
Total credit points: 480
Career: UGRD
Duration: Five years full time - 10 years part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 090501
CRICOS code: 042603C

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Purpose of the Program

Social workers and psychologists often work side-by-side in organisations where a 'balancing act' of expertise is required from both areas. The program is designed to provide professional education for psychology and social work practice in the contemporary human service industry.   With a working knowledge of the fields of social science, psychology and social work, you will be prepared for a wide range of human service or community jobs.

Specifically, as a graduate of the program you will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge about Australian society, social issues and social problems
  • Apply appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge about human development, human needs and human problems, especially in regard to individual and family functioning
  • Undertake professional practice in interpersonal, intra-familial, group, organisational, community and policy contexts
  • Utilise research in professional practice
  • Illustrate successful completion of extensive field education (work integrated learning).


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Articulation and pathways

Whilst there are no formal articulation agreements in place, you may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): CAE Grade B
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

Extra requirements
Non year 12 and international applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History Online or an applicant statement if they wish other information to be considered. Applicants should explain their reasons for wanting to study the course and include details of any relevant work or other experience.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Social Work / Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) (http://www.aasw.asn.au/).  On successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for membership of the AASW and are recognised by the Association as an accredited social worker. Students of the program are eligible for student membership of the AASW.

All accredited social work programs require you to undertake 140 days of professional field education (work integrated learning) which are offered in a range of human service agencies. All placements are supervised by a social worker eligible for membership of the AASW.

The program is also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Note: If you are seeking to qualify as a practising psychologist you must either apply for entry to honours, or an equivalent graduate year of study in psychology. Upon completion, you will meet the basic academic requirement for registration as a probationary psychologist. To become a qualified psychologist you will need to complete an additional APAC accredited postgraduate degree (minimum two years full-time study) in psychology. 

Registered psychologists are eligible for full membership to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) which is a professional association representing the interests of psychologists nationally.

For further information on registration please refer to the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/

The program is informed by regular consultations with the Program Advisory Committee whose membership is drawn from the human services industry.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.
Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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