Social work

As a Victoria University social work student, the work integrated learning field education you undertake as part of your course is critical preparation of your career in the health and human services industries.

The Bachelor of Social Work course at Victoria University prepares you for effective professional practice as social workers in the human and community services industry.

The course is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and prepares you for generalist social work practice in a variety of community, health and human services contexts.

The Bachelor of Social Work requires a four year course of study.  The first year of the course is general tertiary study. The remaining three years are dedicated to social work education, including 1,000 hours of social work supervised field education. 

The course includes a rigorous program that produces graduates who are competent, skilled, ethically aware and confident social work practitioners.

Field education overview

Work integrated learning or field education is a core component of social work education.

You will have the opportunity to extend your professional knowledge by linking theory with the real-life practice experience.

As part of this you will undertake at least two supervised field education placements in different fields of practice.

Consistent with AASW requirements, field education units are offered over two years within the Bachelor of Social Work course at VU.

Your student placements are organised and allocated by the Social Work Field Education Coordinator and overseen by the Academic Leader, Field Education.

As a student you'll be allocated placements in a variety of social work and related agencies. Placements are generally in and around Melbourne but there may be opportunities for exciting interstate or overseas placements.

Student societies & associations

Current students may like to look into joining the following societies and associations:

Contact us

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Field Education Coordinator, Social Work

Lesley Ervin  | Email:

Academic Leader, Social Work

Shelley TurnerEmail:

Course Coordinator & Head, Social Work

Professor Marty Grace | Email: