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Study Community and Social Work
Graduates will have the opportunity to practice in the human services sector where a professional and effective response to the needs of vulnerable people and their communities is important. The learning achieved from studying these degrees is relevant internationally and to the communities of Western Sydney, one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse regions in Sydney. Students learn about a wide range of theoretical approaches and practice methods. Each of these degrees provides students with the opportunity to develop their confidence and competence through intensive sessions of field practice supervised by experienced practitioners.
Community and Social Work Courses
Career opportunities for Community and Social Work graduates
Centrelink social workers
Disability workers and case managers
Disability workers and case managers advocate for people with disabilities to ensure they have access to support services and opportunities for education, safe and secure accommodation and employment.
Child protection workers intervene to protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation. This is one of the areas of highest employment for social workers and community welfare workers. A worker's task may be to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect; conduct risk assessments and in cases of serious protection issues, remove the children from the family where they are at risk of harm.
Family Relationship Counsellors
Family Relationship Counsellors provide support and help through counselling and education programs and, in some instances, mediation or dispute resolution.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Am I able to apply for advanced standing?
Yes. If you have completed related courses, or units of study or have relevant work experience in the human services sector you can apply for advanced standing for some of the units in these degrees.
Can I get credit for TAFE courses?
Please check the full list of VET courses eligible for Advanced Standing and how much credit you can receive for them. Once approved, students can contact the Academic Course Advisor if unclear about enrolment.
What is the difference between the Bachelor of Community Welfare and Bachelor of Social Work?
- Bachelor of Community Welfare unit and admission information
- Bachelor of Social Work unit and admission information
Students have a broad range of employment opportunities with many agencies employing both Community Welfare and Social Work graduates.
Can I transfer between degrees?
Yes, you can. Students considering transferring to the Bachelor of Social Work program from the Bachelor of Community Welfare program and vice versa are advised to discuss this with the Academic Course Advisor as soon as possible.
The Bachelor of Community and Social Development transfer arrangements require discussion in the first instance with the Course Advisor.
Transfer from or to the combined degree of Bachelor of Criminal and Community Justice and the Bachelor of Social Work can take place however the different progression through the required units of study means that early discussion with your Academic Advisor is highly recommended.
Can I work and study at same time?
An important issue to consider when wanting to work and study is the demands of field education. The field education component of these degrees is a time most graduates recall as their most memorable time of learning, however it can also be experienced as a challenging and demanding time. Students are required to be available for regular and substantial time periods in order to participate in the work of the host organisation. For this reason, early planning is essential. This includes students planning their paid work requirements and family care commitments in order to be supported during this significant learning opportunity. Students will be invited to a planning session in the semester prior to placements commencing where more detailed information will be provided. It is also important to be aware of the Western Sydney University commitment to maintaining and strengthening relationships with agencies and organisations which take our students for placement. For this reason, the Field Education Placement Coordinator creates the placement opportunities for our students through their contact with agencies and organisations throughout the human services sector.
What does part time study look like in these courses?
In practice part time study involves taking a reduced workload by enrolling in fewer units of study each semester. You are expected to follow the same pattern of units as listed in the Handbook.
The Bachelor of Community and Social Development is offered in block mode and part time within that Course requires full time attendance during block mode but a reduced load outside the block. Discuss this move early with your Course Advisor.
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