Bachelor of Social Work


  • Program code: BP026
  • 2014 Clearly-in ATAR:


  • Campus: City campus

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Please note: this program is no longer offered to commencing students; it has been replaced with BH105 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours).

As an emerging social work professional, you'll develop your ability to pursue social justice and human rights in ethical, competent, critical and innovative ways.


4 years full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to the Learning Hub and other online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

Many courses, particularly in the first year, are taken in common with students from psychology, international studies, youth work and policy and research.

The program comprises 5 streams:

  • A series of foundational courses in the social sciences towards understanding social, personal and family lives, including sociology, politics, social theory, social policy and economics and psychology.
  • A sequence of social work theory and practice courses, which span the 4 years and which share an explicit set of values and theoretical approaches related to social justice. These cover a broad range of methods of social work theory and practice.
  • Field education is undertaken in the second semesters of third and fourth years. Students are placed in community or human service organisations under the supervision of a qualified social worker. Field education develops your practical experience, networks, career opportunities and employment outcomes.
  • Elective courses drawn from social work policy and practice options and from a wide range of electives. These enable students to pursue their chosen areas of interest in greater depth.
  • Courses in research, program evaluation and policy development.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

In the second semester of third and fourth years you'll undertake two 70-day placements, usually within human and community service organisations.

The third year of placement focuses on direct practice with individuals, families and small groups. The fourth year involves the integration of theory and macro-level practice. Placements may be arranged locally, with some opportunity for placements interstate or overseas.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Graduates are highly employable in human service organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government, and increasingly in corporate and private enterprise. These positions have other titles like community worker, counsellor advocate, case manager or child protection officer.

Professional recognition and accreditation

The RMIT Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers, and graduates are eligible for membership of the professional association.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements



Selection tasks

Form: Non-year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online 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.

How to apply

1. Check program entry requirements and confirm you're eligible.

2. Check and complete the selection tasks (if applicable) by the relevant closing date - these tasks are listed in the program entry requirements.

3. Check the table below for how to apply.

4. Apply using the appropriate method by the closing date.

Application method

Level of study

Semester 1

Semester 2 (midyear)

Bachelor and Associate degree

VTAC application


Internal application (current students only)

Direct application


Internal application (current students only)

Honours degree

Direct application


Internal application (current students only)

Direct application


Internal application (current students only)

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Justice may be eligible to apply for exemptions.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Owning school

Global, Urban & Social Studies

Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Social Work Administration
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
Tel. +61 3 9925 2328

View PDF brochure for this program.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.