Social work

As a Bachelor of Social Work student, the field education you undertake during your course is critical preparation for your career in the health and human services industries.


The Bachelor of Social Work has AASW accreditation.

The Bachelor of Social Work at Victoria University prepares you for effective professional practice as a social worker 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 four year degree includes core social work curriculum, subjects in aligned disciplines (i.e. sociology) and social work field education, comprising 1,000 hours of supervised field education.

You'll graduate as a competent, skilled and ethically aware social work practitioner, eligible for AASW membership.

Field education overview

Field education or work integrated learning (WIL) is a core component of social work education.

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

Consistent with AASW requirements, field education units are offered over two years within the Bachelor of Social Work. Generally the two supervised field education placements are 500 hours each, and undertaken in two different fields of practice.

Your student placements are organised and allocated by the social work Field Education Coordinators and overseen by the Academic Leader.

Placements are generally located in and around Melbourne but there may be opportunities for exciting rural or interstate placements.

Student societies & associations

Current students may like to join one of the following societies and associations:

Placement partners

Organisations wishing to partner with VU for field education opportunities are encouraged to contact the field education office.

Employer testimonial

Baptcare Family Services Victoria has been employing VU graduates and taking on student placements from the course for many years.

VU students come with a solid theoretical foundation, a strong sense of social justice and a passion for helping vulnerable members of our community. It is a delight to see them light up when they relate their classroom learning to experiences in the field. They have the required knowledge and skills and have always demonstrated a keenness for lifelong learning.

- Program Manager at Baptcare, Tina Guido.

Contact us

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Field Education Coordinators, social work

Lesley Ervin/Jody Laughton | Email: sw.placements@vu.edu.au

Academic Leader, social work

Dr. Tina Kostecki | Email: tina.kostecki@vu.edu.au

Head of Social Work

Associate Professor Annie Venville | Email: annie.venville@vu.edu.au