Why study social work online? Studying online is the easiest way to complete the academic parts of a social work degree.
- You can’t complete a professional degree just through online study. It’s social work after all. But mostly online courses are available.
- Convenient, flexible distance education courses allow you to complete academic units from your home or office.
- Distance learning students might attend a multi-day residential school just once per term.
Australian universities offers courses that combine online study with on-campus sessions. Through mixed-mode study, you can complete a professional, accredited degree and become qualified to do social work.
Social Workers help people through challenging circumstances such as homelessness, addiction, abuse, mental illness, poverty, aging and discrimination. Social Workers seek practical solutions to reduce stress and improve quality of life. This is intense work, but with that comes immense professional fulfillment.
Social Work Careers
Online degrees in social work prepare you for a career in helping people.
A degree in social work equips you to work in a variety of job roles, including on the front line and in administration and organisation. You may work in settings such as schools, hospitals, health centres and government agencies.
Fields in which you could specialise include
- child and family services
- counselling, mediation and alleviating substance abuse
- disability and mental health
- aged care, youth support and assistance for new Australians.
Social workers make a difference by supporting people in need. They work with the community to improve lives and make our society more just and equitable.
Online Bachelor Courses
Bachelor of Social Work courses give you the knowledge and practical skills to be a social worker.
A Bachelor of Social Work is a professional degree.
- For first-time university students, you do the equivalent of 4 years of full-time study.
- To meet requirements for professional recognition, students complete at least 1,000 hours of supervised field education in 2 placements.
- You may be able to gain experience close to where you live (in approved social welfare agencies).
Degrees are accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
The AASW accredits both Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work qualifications for entry into the social work profession. Graduates of accredited social work courses are eligible for membership of the AASW... the benchmark for qualified practice in Australia.
Master of Social Work Degrees
Aside from research degrees, there are 2 main types of postgraduate social work degree. Both are at masters level.
- One type is a study and training program for graduates who want to become social workers.
- The other is a professional development program for qualified social workers.
A Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) program is for graduates of other disciplines.
- The program is similar to a Bachelor of Social Work course but compresses the academic components. It can be completed in 2 years.
- Distance students must attend intensive on-campus residential sessions and do around 1,000 hours of community practice.
The Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice) program is for qualified social workers who want to develop advanced and specialist skills. Advanced Practice courses can normally be studied 100% online and take 1-1.5 years at a full-time pace.