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Bachelor of Social Work

Contribute to social change.

This degree will equip you with the knowledge, skills and values required for social work practice. You’ll graduate prepared to work in a range of contexts, including government, not-for-profit and private organisations.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years full-time
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $30,000
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
Prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: None
IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 65
CRICOS code: 083453F
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study Social Work at Flinders

  • No 1 in SA for overall experience in social work
  • Study flexibly; you can choose to enrol in individual topics internally (face-to-face) or externally (online)
  • Our educators are leaders in social work research and practice
  • New topics, such as Decolonising Social Work, Violence and Abuse, and Sustainable Social Work will prepare you to make a difference
  • Be prepared with practical training in our purpose-built on-campus Social Work Simulation and Skills Lab
  • Flinders’ Social Work research is world-standard*, and our Social Work Innovation Research Living Space (SWIRLS) is a leading national social work research centre, undertaking research that uses evidence and lived-experience, to create innovative solutions in and around social work

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • Undertake two intensive field placements in third and fourth year totalling 500 hours each.
  • Placement options include child protection, community health, hospital social work, research, social planning, aged care, social work with migrant groups, correctional services and more.

What you’ll need

Prior to your first placement, you will be required to complete the following:

  • Screening assessments through the Department of Human Services (DHS) for working with children, in the aged care sector and disability services.
  • National Policy Check.
  • Child Safe Environments training.
  • Drivers licence (required for most placements).
  • Students may be required to address other industry-specific conditions.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


The Bachelor of Social Work prepares you to work in a range of contexts, including government, not-for-profit and private organisations.

Employment opportunities:

  • direct practice with individuals
  • group work
  • community development
  • research
  • social policy.

Areas of employment include:

  • child protection
  • health
  • mental health
  • domestic violence
  • homelessness.

Professional accreditation/recognition

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. Indigenous graduates and students can join a network of Aboriginal social workers through Indigenous Allied Health Australia, which centres on Aboriginal professional practice.