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Bachelor of
Social Work

  • Delivery Mode: On Campus (Blended)

  • Accreditation: teqsa aasw

  • Units: 26

  • Course Duration: 4 Year full-time*
    Equivalent part-time

  • CRICOS Course Code: 108842E

  • On Campus: Total Tuition Fee: $80,000
    Per Semester Fee: $10,000
  • Melbourne

*Internaltional students undertaking this course on student visa are required to study full time as per their visa requirement and ESOS Act 2000

Introduction

The Bachelor of Social Work emphasizes the wellbeing and building of relationships with individuals, families, and communities and linking the local with the global. The Bachelor of Social Work explores social care, health and wellness programs and initiatives that seek to locate and create systems and relationships that are preventative and educative in nature.

Graduates of the BSW will be able to influence local, national, and global social policy impacting all peoples and communities. The IHM Bachelor of Social Work offers significant interaction between students, their peers, social work academics, and social work/human services agencies that will provide the knowledge, skills and professional relationship building required to produce the quality and practice-ready graduates that are required by the social work profession.

IHM’s Bachelor of Social Work has 1,000 field education hours embedded in the course

This is an AASW-accredited qualification. It is an entry qualification into the social work profession and has been determined to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.

The accreditation ascribed to the IHM Bachelor of Social Work Program of Provisional Accreditation (2022-2025) means that it is a new program which has not yet delivered its first graduates. Provisional accreditation does not impact graduates of the BSW course with this status. Graduates have the same eligibility and standing as graduates in fully accredited social work programs.

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Details about the Course

Course Details

The learning outcomes of the BSW course are founded on the AASW principles of human dignity and worth, social justice and fairness, and social workers working with and on behalf of individuals, families, groups, and communities to:

  • Increase their sense of well-being and social growth on an individual and collective level
  • Address interpersonal and personal conflicts
  • To enhance and enable participation with the larger society
  • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to full recognition and involvement
  • Safeguard the weak against injustice and abuse

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is designed to sequence and stage learning across core units through major streams, providing a scaffolding approach to knowledge and skill development as well as increasing complexity in assessments and professional reflection. The design of the BSW is influenced by the course objectives, graduate qualities, and application of knowledge and abilities, all of which lead to field education placements and professional results and accreditation for individual students.

The curriculum framework includes major streams embedded across the program including:

  • Society and culture
  • Behavioral science and public health
  • Generalist social work practices
  • Specialist social work practices
  • Field education experience (1,000 Hours)
  • To complete the Bachelor of Social Work students must attain 256 credit points

The accreditation ascribed to the IHM Bachelor of Social Work Program of Provisional Accreditation (2022-2025) means that it is a new program which has not yet delivered its first graduates. Provisional accreditation does not impact graduates of the BSW course with this status. Graduates have the same eligibility and standing as graduates in fully accredited social work programs.

*International students are not permitted to complete more than one-third of their subjects online.

Frequently Asked Questions

The BSW program requires four years of full-time study.

Yes, it is accredited by the AASW for all graduates from 2022; see AASW accreditation web page Accrediated Courses

The AASW is the Australian Association of Social Workers. It is the professional association responsible for accrediting all social work courses in Australia and providing professional development, registration, and other resources.Yes, all graduates can apply for membership in the AASW.

No prerequisite experience is required, but students must have passed Year 12, Certificate 4, or equivalent.

The program has two intakes per year, beginning in March and July. The first intake will take place in July 2022.

Credit transfers are determined based on each student’s previous studies from a relevant Bachelor’s degree (social sciences). The BSW Course Coordinator can assist you with any credit-related queries.

If you possess a three-year BSW from another country, you may apply for credit for Years 1 and 2 of the IHM BSW (16 Units) and then complete Years 3 and 4. To discuss this possibility, contact the BSW Course Coordinator.

Students will be required to purchase some textbooks or e-books; these cost about $300 per year.

Yes, there are two social work field placements, one in Year 3 of the BSW for 500 hours (15-20 weeks) and a final placement in Year 4 of 500 hours (15-20 weeks)

The IHM Bachelor of Social Work educates social workers in generalist social work practices (casework, support work, crisis interventions), mental health work, international human rights, community development, and societal change and social research.

Admission Requirements

Standard entry requirements for the BSW include Year 12 completion or Certificate IV completion or equivalent, studied in English, work and/or volunteer experience in human services will be considered alongside education requirements.

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements has to be met by the student

English Language Proficiency
  • Academic IELTS level Overall 7.0 and no band less than 7.0 or equivalent scores in PTE/ other, OR
  • Direct entry through a pass in an Australian English for Academic Purpose (EAP) course with the minimum score of 70%, OR
  • As prescribed/ recommended by the AASW
Credits

Pathway entry with credits for Australian bachelor’s degree in Community Work, Youth Work, Human Services, or other Bachelor degrees.

Completion of an Australian VET Diploma in Community Services or Youth Work or Mental Health or completion of an Overseas BSW (verified) gives 8-unit credits across Year 1 / Year 2 of the BSW.

Unit credits from Australian bachelor programs can give up to 12 unit credits.

The accreditation ascribed to the IHM Bachelor of Social Work Program is provisional accreditation which is traditionally assigned to a new program which has not yet delivered its first graduates. Provisional and Conditional accreditation does not impact graduates of a course with this status. Graduates have the same eligibility and standing as graduates of fully accredited programs.

The accreditation ascribed to the IHM Bachelor of Social Work Program of Provisional Accreditation (2022-2025) means that it is a new program which has not yet delivered its first graduates. Provisional accreditation does not impact graduates of the BSW course with this status. Graduates have the same eligibility and standing as graduates in fully accredited social work programs.

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements has to be met by the student

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements
Where will this take me?

After completing the course, you can explore your career in the fields of:

  • Child and family services
  • Counseling
  • Child protection
  • Disability
  • Ageing
  • Refugee and Settlement
  • Mental Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mediation
Mandatory short non-credit units to be completed during the orientation week prior to the commencement of the course

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

Foundational Knowledge and Skills
Semester 1:

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Semester 2:

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Social Work Theories and Practices
Semester 3:

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Credit Points

Semester 4:

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Credit Points

Social Work Practice Frameworks and Outcomes
Semester 5:

Unit Code

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Credit Points

Semester 6:

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

Enhanced Social Work Practices and Systems Change
Semester 7:

Unit Code

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Credit Points

Semester 8:

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

The BSW Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) are as follows:
  • CLO 1.Demonstrate a sense of identity as a professional Social Worker.
  • CLO 2.Develop sound understanding of and commitment to Social Work values and ethics to guide professional practice.
  • CLO 3.Apply Social Work knowledge and intervention to respond effectively.
  • CLO 4.Demonstrate knowledge of human behaviour and society.
  • CLO 5.Display the ability to review, critically analyse and synthesise knowledge and values.
  • CLO 6.Practice effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • CLO 7.Ability to work with diversity and demonstrate respect for cultural difference.
  • CLO 8.Illustrate the importance of, and commitment to ongoing professional development.

Course Start Dates

Course Intake Course Start Date Course End Date Census Date Orientation Date
July 2024 01-07-2024 19-05-2028 29-07-2024 01-07-2024
November 2024 04-11-2024 16-06-2028 22-11-2024 04-11-2024
November 2025 03-11-2025 17-08-2029 04-12-2025 03-11-2025
March 2025 03-03-2025 30-06-2025 21-03-2025 03-03-2025
May 2026 04-05-2026 21-08-2026 22-05-2026 04-05-2026
August 2025 04-08-2025 18-05-2029 04-09-2025 04-08-2025
August 2026 03-08-2026 02-08-2030 21-08-2026 03-08-2026
February 2025 03-02-2025 17-11-2028 06-03-2025 03-02-2025
May 2025 05-05-2025 16-02-2029 05-06-2025 05-05-2025
February 2026 02-02-2026 29-05-2026 20-02-2026 02-02-2026
International fee-paying: On Campus
Annual Fee : AUD $20,000
Total Tuition Fee : AUD $80,000
Administration* (Non-Tuition) Fee :

**Only applicable to international students.

**AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

Fees are subject to change annually.

Pay upfront and Save 10%.

Applicable for International (1 year fee) and full-fee students. Not applicable for funding students.

Payment plans for the Bachelor of Social Work course are available.

i. Semester 1 fees paid on enrolment = AUD 10,250

ii. Semester 2 fees paid prior to the end of semester 1

iii. Semester 3 fees paid prior to the end of semester 2

iv. Semester 4 fees paid prior to the end of semester 3

The payment process for a particular course will continue until the 8th semester of the program.

*Books, equipment, and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

*The Bachelor of Social Work course is accredited by AASW.

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  • If you meet IHM’s eligibility requirements, an admissions counselor will contact you to schedule an interview
  • In the event that you do well in the interview, you’ll receive an offer letter for enrolment in the program
  • You will be invoiced for the course if you accept the offer letter
  • A Confirmation of Enrolment will be sent to you once you’ve paid the enrolment fee
  • You may apply for a subclass-500 student visa, to study on-campus in Australia
Institutional Partnership

Our partnerships are built through positive, transparent, and engaging collaboration, and we’re grateful for the strong relationships we’ve built over the lifetime of IHM. These partnerships may vary in their nature but they all share the common fact that there’s mutual benefit and a strong sense of purpose to move the healthcare industry forward.

We encourage Nursing institutions, Hospitals, Healthcare Organisations and nursing associations to submit their expression of interest to become our partners!

Our industry and clinical partners provide physical access to products that benefit the simulation experience for students at IHM. Other partners provide opportunities to develop clinical skills at their facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals. We also provide opportunities to upskill staff with the latest course.

Our Course Coordinator

Dr Victoria Dessau

Designation: Course Coordinator

Email : victoria.d@ihm.edu.au

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