How to become a qualified social worker

How to become a qualified Social Worker

You know that feeling of making a real difference in the world? There’s nothing quite like it. Maybe that’s why you’ve been thinking about becoming a social worker.

Or perhaps you’ve already completed a diploma in community services, counselling, disability or youth work, but you’re not entirely sure where to go next.

Lucky for you, we do.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is home to one of Australia’s leading social work degrees. With us, you can work towards your dream career with our Bachelor of Social Work.

Whether you’re interested in starting a social work degree from scratch or you’ve completed some prior study, take a moment to explore your pathway options into our Bachelor of Social Work.

Articulated pathway

Have you completed a diploma from a TAFE or registered training organisation (RTO)? Great news! You’re basically guaranteed a spot in CSU’s social work degree.

If you’ve successfully completed one of the diplomas below through a TAFE or RTO, you can slip right into our Bachelor of Social Work – AND receive credit for your prior study.

  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health)
  • Diploma of Community Services Work
  • Diploma of Community Development
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Diploma of Disability
  • Diploma of Youth Work

If you plan to study full-time with CSU, your prior study means that you’ll knock one whole year off your degree. If you plan to study part-time, you’ll receive credit towards two years of your degree.

Have you completed a diploma in a different industry, but you’d still like to make the switch to social work? No probs!

Say you’ve completed a business diploma at TAFE, but you’ve decided to take your learning in a new direction. You’re guaranteed admission into CSU’s social work degree. You won’t receive credit like you would if you’d completed a diploma in a relevant industry, but you’re still guaranteed entry. How good is that!

All you need to do is apply directly to CSU via our online portal.

Integrated program at Port Macquarie and Dubbo

Are you based in Port Macquarie or Dubbo and looking to study on campus as part of a plan to become a successful social worker? Don’t look any further. CSU and TAFE have partnered up to deliver a new way of studying social work.

How does it work?

  • In your first year, you’ll undertake a Certificate IV in Community Services with TAFE, as well as starting the CSU component of the course.
  • By your second year, you will have completed the Diploma of Community Services with TAFE.
  • In your third and fourth years, you’ll study solely with CSU and graduate with a Bachelor of Social Work.

Yep, you read that right. Four years of study and you’ll have earned three qualifications.

To apply, you’ll need to submit applications to both CSU and TAFE. Your application must include a form that allows CSU and TAFE to share information with each other about your progress.

Added bonus: TAFE offers a range of scholarships to help make studying this course more affordable.

About our social work degree

CSU’s Bachelor of Social Work gives you the opportunity to gain the qualifications to help people from all walks of life understand and improve their personal and social wellbeing. This course includes areas such as child protection, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, ethics, human rights, law, mental health, psychology, social policy, sociology and in-depth study of the methods and theories of social work.

Our Bachelor of Social Work is available for study in Sessions 1 and 2, and is available on campus or online. You can also take advantage of government assistance by deferring your fees through HECS-HELP.

On completion of the Bachelor of Social Work, you’ll be eligible for full accreditation and membership with the .

Interested in taking your learning even further? You can with CSU. We offer a Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice), which allows you delve into the world of research and develop a depth of knowledge in the social work arena.

Other things to keep in mind

  • Our social work degree is really hands-on. You’ll have the chance to develop your practical skills with 1000 hours of supervised field education during your degree.
  • You’ll complete four residential schools on our Wagga Wagga campus. Residential schools are a great way to practise what you’re learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.
  • If you’ve successfully completed a relevant TAFE (or similar) diploma and have been working in the field, you can apply for 500 hours’ credit towards your supervised field education. Just make sure you apply for the credit at the time of enrolment and you have adequate documentation to prove you’ve put the hours in.

Ready to make a change in the world? Apply now and take the first step in your social work journey.