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Bachelor of
Social Work

  • Delivery Mode: On Campus/Blended

  • Accreditation: teqsa aaw

  • Units: 26

  • Course Duration: 4 Years

  • CRICOS Course Code: 108842E

  • On Campus: AUD $10,000 per Semester
  • North Melbourne


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.

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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
  • To complete the Bachelor of Social Work students must attain 256 credit points
Frequently Asked Questions

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

Yes, all graduates can apply for membership of the AASW.

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.

There is no prerequisite experience required, but students must have passed Year 12 or a Certificate 4 or the equivalent.

English language entry requires a score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 on the IELTS or an equivalent test.

The BSW program consists of 24 academic units and two practical placements. These are all compulsory units.

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

Hybrid or mixed mode, 70% on campus lectures and tutorials and 30% online, this means about 8 weeks per semester on camps and 4 weeks online studies.

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

When you graduate with the IHM Bachelor of Social Work, you then register to become a member of the AASW in Australia.

There are many opportunities as a case worker, support worker, community worker, working in hospitals, community health centres, working in family services and family violence support, working in aged care, children’s services and also mental health services.

Students will be required to purchase some textbooks or e-books, the cost of these would probably be about $300 per year.

No, graduates of the IHM Bachelor of Social Work can register with the AASW in the same way as a graduate of a MSW. Some people study an MSW Because they already have a sociology or psychology degree.

Yes, you can defer your admission for 1 semester (6 months) or 2 semesters (12 months) and automatically enrol in the next intake.

Yes, there are 2 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 (case work, support work, crisis interventions) and mental health work as well as international human rights, community development and societal change and social research.

The benefits are that students receive a comprehensive education in sociology, psychology, social work theories, social work practices and community development. Graduates on a BSW can work in many different fields of social work practices in many countries.

The IHM Bachelor of Social Work intakes are in July and March of every year.

There are no scholarships or internships available for social work studies in Australia. IHM provides most of the reading materials for the BSW online, so expenses are a minimum and students have plenty of space to study on campus with support from School of Social Work academic staff.

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 entry is an academic IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE/ other recognised English examination (note: IELTS is not required if an applicant has studied an Australian equivalent qualification in English for 12 months or more in the past 5 years), or
  • Students who studied year 12 in English Language,are eligible to get an exemption in the English language score.If a student receives 6.5 overall and no band lower than 6.0,they are qualified to participate in the course.
  • Direct entry through a pass in an Australian English for Academic Purpose (EAP) course with the minimum score of 70%, or
  • Pathway entry with credits, completion of an Australian VET Diploma in Community services or Youth Work or Mental Health, or
  • Completion of an Overseas BSW (verified) allows an applicant/student to receive up to 8-unit credits.
  • Australian based studies in relevant bachelor programs can also be considered up to a maximum of 12-unit credits in total pathway entry with credit for Year 1 and 2 for applicants with an Australian Bachelor’s degree in Community Work, Youth Work, Human Services, or other Bachelor degrees that are deemed relevant

Generally, an English proficiency test will not be required under the following situations:

  • A minimum of one year of full-time (or comparable part-time) tertiary study in one of the following English-speaking countries before the start of applicants course: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and United States of America.
  • If English is not the applicant’s first language and applicant have lived and worked consistently in an English-speaking country (as indicated above) for at least three years prior to the start date of their course, IHM may be able to assess their English competence based on the relevance of their work experience. Applicant must supply a work reference letter on company letterhead with specific information on the type of work, dates of employment, and contact information for a supervisor.
  • If applicant studied in another country, applicant can demonstrate their English proficiency if they have completed a minimum of fiveyears of continuous education in English language including higher secondary and above levels.
  • English waivers are usually case-by-case admissions decisions that take place outside the English requirements. Life experience’ and ‘circumstances’ could mean professional accreditation, relevant work experience, citizenship or other factors deemed sufficient for an English waiver may be considered for admission decision by the course coordinator or delegates.
Where will this take me?

After completing the course, you will get employed 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

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Foundational Knowledge and Skills
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Semester 2:

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Social Work Theories and Practices
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Semester 4:

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Social Work Practice Frameworks and Outcomes
Semester 5:

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Semester 6:

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Enhanced Social Work Practices and Systems Change
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Semester 8:

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Melbourne (North Mel)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jul 3, 2023
  • Nov 6, 2023
  • Mar 4, 2024
  • Jul 1, 2024
  • Nov 4, 2024
International fee-paying: On Campus
Annual Fee : AUD $20,000.00
Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $250.00 (Non Refundable)

Fees are subject to change annually.

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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.

The best way to apply is to click “Apply Online” in the course page’s upper right corner
  • 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
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