Bachelor of Social Work

VU course code: ABSW | CRICOS: 077997B | Level of study: Undergraduate
4 years
In person

Tuition fee per semester : AU$15,500

Footscray Park
24 February 2025


Make a real difference in a rewarding career with a Bachelor of Social Work from Victoria University (VU). 

Prepare yourself for roles that address social issues and help to improve people’s quality of life.

Take advantage of VU’s strong connections with a range of important community organisations. Your social work degree includes 1000 hours of work integrated learning (WIL) experience across two Social Work Field Education placements in two different human service agency settings.

Build on your passion for human rights, social justice and social development with an in-depth understanding of:

  • interpersonal and group work
  • community development
  • family violence
  • mental health
  • policy analysis
  • social research
  • social action.

Gain the skills and knowledge to develop the potential of individuals, groups and communities, preparing you for a diverse range of job opportunities from federal and state government to hospitals, non-government organisations or community services.

By studying a social work degree at VU, you’ll graduate work-ready and be eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

If you've completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an exemption of English-language requirements.

In some cases, there may be additional entry requirements.

Learn more about entry requirements for international students.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Social Work, students will be required to complete:

  • 384 credit points of Core studies.


Fees & Scholarships

As an international student at Victoria University, you will be required to pay your tuition fees up front each semester.

There may be additional materials fees throughout your studies, depending on your chosen course, as well as an administrative fee as part of your course.

Victoria University is proud to support our international scholarship recipients and sponsored students.

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us (and didn't apply through an agent), you may be eligible for a 10% discount. Not available for single-package courses.

Find out how




As a qualified social worker eligible for accreditation by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), you’ll be ready for a variety of roles within not-for-profit and charitable organisations, as well as the community and government sectors. Your job title could be:

  • social worker
  • community health centre counsellor
  • youth worker
  • drug and alcohol worker
  • homelessness policy officer.

Take advantage of the strong future growth expected in social work, which is expected to grow very strongly over the next five years. Visit Jobs and Skills Australia to see the average salary for social workers in Australia.

VU Stories

Briahny Lundberg standing at her desk at headspace Sunshine, smiling at the camera. There are framed posters and a window in the background.
Placing young people at the centre of their care – Briahny at headspace
Bachelor of Social Work
"We engage parental and carer figures in the way we want them to communicate with the young person – without judgement and fostering hope. "
Briahny's story