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Study at the uni that’s #3 in Australia for Equity and Access3

Help relieve suffering and fight for social justice.

More than 1.2 million Australians are experiencing deep social exclusion, in part due to factors including cost of living, poor health and limited community connection.4 All of these compound to restrict their opportunities and potential.

If you’re ready to help build healthy communities and champion a just and equitable society, we’re ready to help you do it.

Our social work qualifications empower you to help address social problems, with an understanding of the political, economic and cultural influences on structural disadvantage and social inequity. This could range from working with individuals on specific challenges to pursuing societal change through advocacy and policy development.


1. 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings | 2. 2024 Good Universities Guide, UG Social Work | 3. 2023 AFR Best Universities | 4. 2020 Brotherhood of St Laurence and MIAESR

  • Small class sizes

    Learn in friendly, collaborative environments with lecturers who genuinely care about your progress and studies.

  • Exceptional hands-on experience

    Learn on the job and benefit from extensive work placements through 1,000 hours of practical experience.

  • Intercultural learning

    Collaborate with those around you. JCU students are encouraged to learn from and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Undergraduate options

Bachelor of Social Work

Develop the practical skills and experience to begin a rewarding career in social work, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, international and tropical communities.

Fast facts

Location: Cairns, Townsville, Online*
* Some compulsory on-campus attendance is required for online students.

Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
ATAR: 62

English (Units 3/4,C)

Gain credit for up to 6 subjects with a valid TAFE qualification such as (but not limited to):

  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Alcohol and Drugs
  • Diploma of Mental Health

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Social Work

You will study core subjects including social work with families and children, cross-cultural practice, eco-social justice, psychology and mental health. Learn from experts in the field as you complete advanced placements. You’ll have the support of passionate educators and the latest in social research technology to work through real-world case studies focused on sustainability and advocacy.


What career possibilities are there?

Graduates pursue careers in Australia and overseas, in areas such as aged care, public housing, child welfare, government agencies, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, Indigenous health, not-for-profit groups, education, private and public hospitals and more.

You could find employment as a child protection officer, mental health counsellor, health policy officer, health services manager, social worker, youth worker or school counsellor.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Bachelor of Social Work course page.

Postgraduate options

Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Take your career to the next level with advanced skills to help improve the lives of others. Gain hands-on experience working with individuals, families, groups and communities in Australia and overseas.

Fast facts

Location: Townsville, Cairns, Online*
* Some compulsory on-campus attendance is required for online students.
Starts: February, July
Entry requirements:**
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline other than Social Work that includes a minimum of 1-year full-time study in social and behavioural sciences; or equivalent.

**This web page is intended as a general guide for domestic students commencing 2024 or later. Prospective domestic students and all international applicants should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. Information is correct at the time of publishing. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.


About Social Work

Study a series of essential core subjects that are tailored to the unique and complex challenges experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities. Examine global and contemporary Australian issues and consider both international perspectives and those of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Learn from experts in the field as you complete 1000 hours of placement and professional experience. JCU’s world-class lecturers provide consistent support and regular feedback to help you get the most out of your learning experience.


What career possibilities are there?

Graduates pursue careers in Australia and overseas, in areas such as aged care, public housing, child welfare, government agencies, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, Indigenous health, not-for-profit groups, education, private and public hospitals and more.

You could find employment as a child protection officer, mental health counsellor, health policy officer, health services manager, social worker, youth worker or school counsellor.


How do I find out more?

Chat to us, we’re here to answer your questions if you need help. Contact us by:

Email - study@jcu.edu.au
Phone - 1800 246 446

Or, visit the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) course page.

Don't meet the entry requirements? Discover pathway options

If you do not meet the entry requirements, there are several pathways and bridging courses you can take to help you achieve entry to your chosen degree.

JCU Prep provides a pathway into the Bachelor of Social Work. Enrolling in this flexible program will enable you to meet entry requirements including subject prerequisites and ATARs. Introductory academic subjects are also available to prepare you for tertiary study.

Find out more

Take your next step with confidence

How to apply

Apply today via the link below using the QTAC or course code on the relevant course page.


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