Bachelor of Social Work
James Cook University - Cairns

Course outline

The first two years cover introductory studies of Australian society and the Australian welfare state, the nature of social issues, social research, psychology, cross-cultural knowledge, and the values and skills required for effective social welfare practice within a framework of social justice principles. The final two years focus on developing knowledge and skills for social work practice in direct intervention, research and social policy. Supervised field experience totalling 1000 hours is offered in two of the four years of the course. JCU offers guaranteed admissions to most courses if a minimum ATAR is achieved. Learn more here: Guaranteed Admission at JCU. For most current course information, visit Bachelor of Social Work at JCU.


All students must attend face-to-face, on-campus workshops for 20 days or more each year.

Combined diploma/degrees

Refer to entry for D Higher Education (Society and Culture)/B Social Work. This course can be combined with the following courses at TAFE Qld: D Alcohol and Other Drugs; D Child, Youth and Family Intervention; D Community Services; D Counselling; D Mental Health/D Alcohol and Other Drugs. Refer to entry for the diploma under TAFE Qld.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors




Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.

Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

International students

All students

Number of students









Percentage of all students










* “<5" – the number of students is less than 5

Career opportunities

Government and non-government agencies, hospitals, drug rehabilitation centres, community centres, prisons, industrial workplaces, policy development.


Australian Association of Social Workers.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds
CSP/$11900 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Humanities and social sciences
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

4 years Full time or 8 years Part time

Cairns & Far North Queensland