Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time
8 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,684.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

Admission requirements

  • Year 1 and 2 of Bachelor of Social Work with 5.5 GPA in second year core courses and 5.0 in 2002HSV or equivalent


Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

About this program

The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) encompasses 30 credit points of research dissertation.

As well as the opportunity for career and skill advancement, the Honours program creates a pathway for Social Work students to move into research and higher degree studies via the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programs.

Related programs

Code Program title Campus Intake
1372 Bachelor of Social Work Gold Coast, Distance Education Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
1416 Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (this program) Gold Coast, Distance Education Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Note: Progression to the Honours program is dependent upon satisfying eligibility requirements.

Attendance information

This program will be offered on-campus on a full-time basis using the in-person mode of delivery every trimester.

Students admitted to this program will have met specified admission requirements and have successfully completed Years 1 and 2 in the Bachelor of Social Work (1372) or Bachelor of Social Work (1282). Students will then complete the courses as listed in Years 3 and 4.

Students will need to be available full-time to attend 1000 hours of professional practice education placements in Years 3 and 4 as follows:

Distance Education
Students can enrol into the Distance Education offering of the program and will be able to complete the program off-campus by distance learning via our online learning management system with the exception of four compulsory five-day face-to-face intensive on-campus courses incorporated into the following courses:

The program includes two practical professional placements which sit in the third and fourth year of the program which are available in full-time mode. As a full-time Distance Education student, you will study online which may include coursework, readings, research, discussions and other course related study. You should check the minimum computer specifications for studying online before considering applying for the Distance Education offering of this program.

Domestic students studying offshore (that is, outside Australia) will be required to attend the compulsory face-to-face intensives on-campus in Australia as part of designated courses and will also need to complete one of the two field placements in Australia in accordance with professional accreditation requirements.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in this degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life. It is also an accreditation requirement of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Field placement education will be managed within School and Health Group policies and processes.

My career opportunities

The program ensures that graduates are ethical and innovative thinkers, effective communicators, problem solvers, change facilitators and leaders.

This program prepares you for a wide range of social work roles including working with individuals, groups and families; community work; advocacy, research, planning and policy development; and management and administration. You could also work in child protection, youth work, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, child and family welfare, youth and adult offending, hospital and community health settings, employment and income support and aged care.

Other career options include community development, family support, foster care services, disability services, policy and research, services for women, multicultural services and many other social welfare organisations.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work is accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

Professional recognition

Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the AASW. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the AASW to confirm registration requirements.

Before I enrol

  • Criminal History Check
  • Immunisation and Health Record
  • Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll
  • New South Wales Health placement requirements (including mandatory training)
  • Queensland Health placement requirements

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (1416)

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Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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