BH106 - Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)

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Plan: BH106SOSDD - Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) /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 (Honours) /Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)
Award abbreviation: BSocWk(Hons)/BSocSc(Psych)
Total credit points: 480
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full-time/10 years part-time
Location: Onshore, City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090501
CRICOS code: 079592G

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Purpose of the Program

There is demand in the human services industry for a qualification that combines elements of both social work and psychology. Social workers and psychologists often work side by side in organisations where a ‘balancing act’ of expertise is required from both areas. The program has been designed for you to develop advanced knowledge and skills for social work practice in the contemporary Australian welfare and human services system.

You will critically engage with social issues in Australian society and be conversant with the key concepts underpinning social development, needs and problems, with a focus on individual, family and community well-being. You will engage with the value base of the professions as outlined in the AASW Code of Ethics and by the Psychology Board. You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge, values and skills you gain in the classroom in two field education placements. This suite of knowledge and skills will underpin and be informed by your research and critical analysis of approaches and evidence relevant to the practice of social work.

You are able to undertake the program in a blend of face to face and online learning.

On completion of the program you will be a qualified social work practitioner with professional knowledge of the fields of social science, psychology and social work theory and practice. You will be able to analyse and interpret social problems, assist individuals, groups, communities and others in need, confidently lead others and provide informed insights into directions and trends of the profession. You will have qualifying level professional practice skills and be experienced in critically analysing and researching social problems, and have the ability to apply initiative and judgement to social problems.

In your preparation for professional roles in interpersonal, intra-familial, group, organisational, community and policy contexts, you will also be able to work independently as well as in teams. You will be able to confidently communicate with allied professionals, including health care practitioners, policy makers, staff from government and community welfare agencies.

You will gain skills for research and life-long learning to enable you to confidently contribute to your own professional development and to a profession that is always evolving. You will gain insight into your own creativity, and develop efficient work practices to allow you to continue to grow and develop professionally.  In your Honours year you will have a choice between two pathways: undertaking a minor thesis on a research topic of your choice; or, an applied research pathway with a focus on research for social work practice.

A capstone experience is provided in HWSS1143 Social Work Field Education 2 through which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge of social work and psychology, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of RMIT's Diploma of Community Services guarantees entry into this program with 48 credit points of exemption. 

Graduates of the following RMIT programs may be eligible for credit in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology): 

BP315 Bachelor of Arts (Welfare & Society) is available as an exit award if you are no longer able to meet the Inherent Requirements of the Social Work component of BH106 Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). Refer to the program guide for BP315 where the specific grounds for this early exit are outlined, what the objectives of the program are and what your employability options may look like.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) (Honours), Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Master of Public Policy, Master of Global Studies, Master of Social Science by research, and PhD, subject to each program's entry requirements. 

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirement

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 7.0 (with no band less than 7.0), or equivalent. 

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the  English equivalents web page

Working with Children and Police Check

Students are required to complete a Working with Children Check and a Police Check before going on placement.

NDIS Worker Screening Check

Students may be required to apply for, and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program.

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External accreditation and industry links

External Accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)/Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) ( On successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to be accredited as a professional social worker by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

The psychology sequence of study included in this degree is accredited with conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).  Visit APAC. Successful completion of an APAC-accredited undergraduate psychology specialisation is a partial requirement for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Industry Links

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

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 has multiple linkages with the profession, as well as regular collaboration with the AASW on a range of issues of mutual interest.

The program is taught by academics with broad social work experience and engagement with industry, including research partnerships and board memberships. Social work practitioners participate in the program by providing lectures and presentations. Various agencies offer students work placements, a key component of the social work degree.

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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

Library resources and services

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.   

You can find more information on Library resources and services at:  

One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service.  

For information resources relevant to specific subject areas please refer to the library subject guides here:  

IT and Wireless 

If you have a laptop or other wireless-enabled device you can connect to RMIT’s fast Wi-Fi. While on campus, no matter how you work or where you work, you’re able to connect, collaborate and create using this secure network. In addition, with myDesktop, you can access your RMIT desktop and applications from home or wherever you have an internet connection. 

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

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Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

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