Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Be an advocate for social justice and human rights. Make a real difference to the lives of people in need. Excel in your career in one of the fastest growing professions.
Location
Ballarat - Mt Helen, Berwick
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course
Length
2 years
Commences
Semester 1 (Berwick Campus only) and Semester 2 (Mt Helen Campus only)

Be an advocate for social justice and human rights. Make a real difference to the lives of people in need. Excel in your career in one of the fastest growing professions.

You might be a new graduate looking for a clear career path or an experienced social worker wanting to take the next step in your professional life. Or perhaps you are ready for a career change and want to step into social work.

Whatever your background, we'll prepare you to work across human and community services in government bodies, non-government organisations, community and health services and more. You'll become confident working with migrants, people with alcohol, drug and mental health problems and in palliative care, child protection, youth services and much more.

You'll be exposed to challenging real life situations through 140 days during your studies in social work settings, being mentored by experienced professionals in the field. Then, once you graduate, you can go on to be a qualified social worker, take up management positions or work in national or international policy development.

This is an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited qualification, and is an entry qualification into the social work profession. It has been deemed to meet the Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards.

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Professional social work positions in hospitals, community health care, child protection, justice, community development, local government, government policy, social research, advocacy and many more.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact FedUni for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by FedUni for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

View Current subject information and cost.

Year 1

Semester 1

FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL WORK THEORY
MSWPG7101, 15 credit points
PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
MSWPG7102, 15 credit points

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

SOCIAL WORK FIELD EDUCATION 1
MSWPG7106, 45 credit points
ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE AND MANAGEMENT
MSWPG7212, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
MSWPG7211, 15 credit points

Semester 3

SOCIAL WORK FIELD EDUCATION 2
MSWPG7208, 45 credit points
SOCIAL POLICY, DEVELOPMENT & IMPACT
MSWPG7210, 15 credit points

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HW9

Entry requirements (year 12)

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Successful completion of a relevant* Bachelor degree in the past 10 years.

*Relevant Bachelor degree should have as a major discipline any of the following; social welfare, community work, sociology, psychology, nursing, education, criminal justice, international studies, indigenous studies which have major units of study (at least 8 units of study) in sociology and/or psychology.

Extra Requirements

Current Police Check

Working with Children's Check

6 hours of seminar time per fortnight

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) indicative annual fee

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Travel for field placement during your studies, Working with Children Check, Police Check, books and  materials.

If what you have learned at work, from other courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this course, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. For further details contact FedUni on 1800 333 864.


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Pathways into this program may include a recognised Bachelor Degree in social science, social welfare, or community and human services work and/or completion of the Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services.  Please contact the university for further details and to discuss your current academic qualifications.

Fully accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers(AASW).

 

Work based training is a mandatory component of this Masters. This program is CRICOS registered with work based training of 980 hours.

Professional Experience

Professional experience field education placements take place at the end of both the first and second years. This professional experience provides the minimum supervised practice requirement (2 x 70 days = 140 days). However, some applicants may be able to apply for credit/RPL for some or the entire first field education placement if they have completed a 70 day supervised field placement during their undergraduate studies.

Credits/Recognition of Prior Learning

Credit transfer will be in accordance with the AASW Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (2012) and is limited to graduates of ACWA approved degree programs, and transfers between AASW accredited Social Work programs. In accordance with the AASW recommended credit transfer for graduates of ACWA approved degree programs, the graduates of FedUni programs; the Bachelor of Arts (Rural Social Welfare), the Bachelorof Community Welfare and Counselling (Churchill) and future graduates of the Bachelor of Community and Human Services will be eligible for exemptions of 25% or one semester of the program.

Delivery format

The program will be delivered sequentially, that is, one course at a time over a period of 6-8 weeks per course. Learning materials and activities will be available for each course online via the FedUni moodle and there will be fortnightly seminars on Fridays for each course. Seminars will be held on-campus from 9.30am - 3.30pm on Fridays (each course outline and moodle will set out the dates of seminars in advance).

FAQs

Q.If you have Bachelor degree in any field not related to community and human services and successfully complete the 6 month Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services as foundational degree, will you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Social Work (Qualifying)?  Will you receive credit for the subjects completed in Graduate Certificate?

A.Yes, you will meet the entry requirements into the Master of Social Work (Qualifying), but you will not receive credit for the subjects that you completed in the Graduate Certificate in Social and Community Services.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D.
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909.

 

 

School department

School of Arts

Course coordinator

Dr Tejaswini Patil