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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 1; Session 2 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Progress your diploma and enhance your professional pathways

CSU's social welfare degree supports graduates of Australian TAFE and Registered Training Organisations offering the two-year full-time (or equivalent) Diploma of Community Welfare or similar.

Graduate industry-ready

This course is ideal if your employment preferences do not require your eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) upon graduation. The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is recognised throughout Australia. It is also recognised as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services.

Build a career recognised by Australia's largest employers

The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is widely recognised as a base grade qualification to secure employment with a range of human service agencies across Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory governments as well as non-government charities and private service providers.

CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is recognised throughout Australia, and by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) degree is recognised throughout Australia, and by the Commonwealth and NSW Public Services as an approved three-year tertiary qualification for employment purposes.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

With CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) you will be qualified to work in a variety or rewarding roles and settings.

Opportunity across sectors

Graduates work professionally in government departments, charities and other non-government agencies within all social service areas. 

Community services

Work across a range of community settings as a community development officer or educator, multicultural support officer or crisis counsellor.

Public service

Inform and support key services as a child protection worker, disability care worker, juvenile justice officer, youth worker or student counsellor, aged care professional, careers counsellor or family court counsellor.

With CSU's Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) you will be qualified to work in a variety or rewarding roles and settings.

Opportunity across sectors

Graduates work professionally in government departments, charities and other non-government agencies within all social service areas. 

Community services

Work across a range of community settings as a community development officer or educator, multicultural support officer or crisis counsellor.

Public service

Inform and support key services as a child protection worker, disability care worker, juvenile justice officer, youth worker or student counsellor, aged care professional, careers counsellor or family court counsellor.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Students who have successfully completed one of the following two-year Diploma courses (or similar) will be eligible for 96 points or 1.5 years full-time equivalent credit (Recognition of Prior Learning) towards the Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare):

  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Development
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Diploma of Disability
  • Diploma of Youth

WorkNote:  Some Diploma courses are not 2 years full-time equivalent – please check with the Course Director as to acceptability.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAWQ
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNEAWQ

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPOSYYNJAWQ
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNEAWQ

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Ling Palm - Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)

"I enjoyed gaining professional knowledge about things I didn’t know. I was able to learn new theories that I can apply to my practice."

Ling Palm - Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare)

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

To graduate with the Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare), students must achieve 192 points.  All subjects have a value of 8 points.  The course structure is as follows:

Credit (96 points)
Entry-level credit based on completion of a Diploma of Community Services, or similar qualification (see Credit section for full details) with approval of the Course Director.

Core subjects (80 points)
HCS102 Communication and Human Services
HCS103 Fields of Practice
PSY113 Child and Adolescent Psychology OR PSY216 Psychology of Ageing
HCS204 Research Methods
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC308 Community Analysis
PHL101 Applied Ethics
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
WEL418 Case Management
SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy

Electives (16 points)
WEL229 Drugs,  Alcohol and Gambling 2
WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
WEL 409 Grief and Loss
JST 215 Juvenile Justice in Practice
HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection

OR

other elective as agreed by the Course Director.

Part-time:

Year 1 - Session 1
HCS102 Communication and Human Services
PHL 101 Applied Ethics

Year 1 - Session 2
HCS103 Fields of Practices
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology

Year 2 - Session 1
HCS204 Research Methods
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

Year 2 - Session 2
SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology OR PSY216  Psychology of Aging

Year 3 - Session 1
SOC308 Community Analysis

WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
OR
WEL409 Grief and Loss
OR
other elective as agreed by the Course Director.

Year 3 - Session 2
WEL418 Case Management

WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2
OR
WEL217 Social Dimensions of Disability
OR
JST 215 Juvenile Justice in Practice
OR
HCS205 Child Abuse and Child Protection
OR
other elective as agreed by the Course Director.


Full-time:

Year 1 - Session 1
HCS102 Communication & Human Services
PHL101 Applied Ethics
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
HCS204 Research Methods

Year 2 - Session 2
HCS103 Fields of Practices
SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy
WEL418 Case Management
PSY113 Child & Adolescent Psychology OR PSY216  Psychology of Aging

Year 2 - Session 1
SOC308 Community Analysis
IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
WEL229 Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling 2 OR WEL409 Grief and Loss

JST104 Foundations in Criminology
OR
JST108 Justice Studies Theories and Practice
OR
JST212 Juvenile Justice in Context
OR
GER204 Ageing and Professional Practice
OR
other elective as agreed by the Course Director.


 

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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