Course Description

Want to help people? Feel passionate about social justice and human rights - then social work is the right profession for you.

The Bachelor of Social Work is offered at Griffith University's Gold Coast campus. On your way to a satisfying career, you will study specialized social work courses, society and social arrangements, human behaviour and development, human services provision and counselling approaches and techniques to name a few core study areas.

You will complete two 500 hour field placements in your degree. Field placements give you the chance to put your academic knowledge and skills into practice, develop new ones and sample social work practice in the real world.

You will be supervised by a qualified social worker for the duration of your field placements.

In some situations, it may be possible to negotiate a workplace-based field placement.

Placements will be sourced in your area of choice where possible.

Students living in remote or rural areas may have limited choices depending on the availability of organisations within their local area and may have to travel.

You will become highly proficient in all core areas of social work theory and practice, develop critical thinking and reflective skills and be prepared for practice grounded in the values and ethics of the profession - social justice, diversity, equity and a commitment to the rights and needs of the people with whom you work.

Honours is available for this degree. Students who have completed the first two years of a relevant Bachelor degree with an appropriate grade point average (GPA) and who meet the other requirements for admission to Honours have the opportunity to undertake a research project with supervision provided by an experienced researcher.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,444 total course cost.

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Griffith University rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 68.3% (national average 70.7%)
Improved skills: 91.3% (national average 86.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 92.2% (national average 86.5%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Griffith University. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Social Work undergraduate courses at Griffith University had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 70.9% (national average 69.8%)
Studying full time: 8.5% (national average 10.6%)
Median full time salary: $59,800 (national average $60,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Griffith University Code: 1372