Minimum entry criteria include:
- English-language requirements
- academic requirements.
Your work and life experience will also be considered.
To find specific entry requirements for this course, please select the section below that is most relevant to you.
Meeting the minimum entry criteria does not guarantee entry into this course.
This information is relevant if, in the 2 years prior to studying with us, you have completed (or will complete) one of the following:
- Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE)
- an Australian or overseas equivalent to VCE
- an International Baccalaureate (IB).
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
This information is relevant if you have completed an accredited award (such as a certificate or diploma) at an Australian Registered Training Organisation (usually a TAFE, polytechnic or other registered VET institute).
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
Completion of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (or equivalent).
This information is relevant if you’ve previously completed all or part of a university or other higher-education course.
Full or partial completion of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).
Completion of two units of Higher Education studies.
Completion of a bridging or enabling course eg. Foundation course or equivalent.
This information is relevant if you left secondary school more than two years ago and haven’t studied since.
Five years (minimum) work/life experience in Human Services or similar.
Applicants that completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
Take a look at a student profile to get an overview of students who have previously enrolled in this course.
Applicant background Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Past Higher Education Study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
24 18.9% (B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 25 19.7% (C) Recent secondary education
Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
NA NA (C) Recent secondary education
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
NA NA (C) Recent secondary education
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration alone, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
55 43.3% (D) Work and Life experience 13 10.2% International students 10 7.9% All students 127 100%"<5" – the number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.
Special entry programs
Special admission programs
If you are from a disadvantaged or underrepresented social, economic or cultural background, you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. These programs are designed to help you access education more easily.
If you’re currently in Year 11 or 12, our exclusive VU Guaranteed program offers a guaranteed place in a university or TAFE course, before your final Year 12 exams.
Inherent requirements are the abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to meet the learning outcomes of the course.
You should carefully consider the inherent requirement statement as a:
- guide for your learning during the course
- way for you to identify challenges you may have in studying this course.
To be eligible for placement students must meet requirements of placement agencies and submit mandatory documentation including:
National Police Checks (which are required for the year in which the students undertake placement so a minimum of 2 checks will be required over 2 years),
International Police check for students who, after the age of 16 have been a citizen or permanent resident of any country other than Australia or resided continuously in any country other than Australia for 12 months or longer
Working with Children Check (valid for 5 years)
NDIS Worker Screening check
Evidence of being fully COVID-19 vaccinated
Evidence of meeting immunisation requirements for a health placement which includes Hepatitis B, MMR, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, Varicella, Tuberculosis and Influenza.
It is possible that individual placement agencies will require additional site specific documentation and pre-placement preparation.
It is important to plan for potential loss of income during placement. Students may need to reduce or cease their usual employment during their social work placements since each placement equates to 500 hours over a continuous period.
Under certain circumstances there may be a fee associated with a clinical placement. For placement fee details relevant to your course refer to https://www.vu.edu.au/current-students/your-course/fees/additional-fees-charges.