Bachelor of Community Welfare (1665)

  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1665
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS: 044766A


This program applies to students who commenced in 2015 and later.

The Bachelor of Community Welfare (exit) degree is based on the Liverpool and Parramatta campuses and includes 400 hours of on-site supervised practice. It is available as an exit from the 4-year Bachelor of Social Work degree after completion of three years of study. The degree equips graduates to work in a range of human service professions with a particular emphasis on community development and social action. It is informed by a critical perspective and taught by a vibrant staff, many of whom are also practitioners, and all of whom are committed to ensuring the best possible community welfare education for our students.

The Bachelor of Community Welfare degree is an early exit point from the Bachelor of Social Work. Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points of of Social Work subjects including one field placement subject as detailed in the sequence tab.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Program Advice

Dr Benjamin Joseph - Liverpool 

Dr Maggie Hall - Parramatta South

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Liverpool Campus Full Time Internal Dr Benjamin Joseph
Liverpool Campus Part Time Internal Dr Benjamin Joseph
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal Rosemary Qummouh
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal Rosemary Qummouh

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students



This program is an exit point only from program 1666 Bachelor of Social Work.

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.  

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1021 The Individual in Society 10
CULT 1017 Understanding Society 10
BEHV 2008 Mental Health in the Community 10
WELF 2002 Community Work & Development 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
HUMN 1060 Introduction to Indigenous Australia: Peoples, Places and Philosophies 10
WELF 1003 Human Services Intervention Strategies 10
WELF 1002 Context of Human Services 10
CULT 1022 Working with Cultural Differences 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2066 Investigating and Communicating Social Problems 10
WELF 2017 Working with Individuals and Families 10
WELF 2006 Fields of Practice 1 10
WELF 2010 Lifespan Development and the Human Services 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
CULT 2005 Ethics in the Social Sciences 10
HUMN 2015 Community and Social Action 10
WELF 2008 Human Rights, Human Services and the Law 10
WELF 2007 Group Work in Social Work 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
1H session
WELF 3020 Field Education 1 20
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
CULT 3001 Applied Social Research 10
WELF 3006 Family Violence: Policy and Practice 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
WELF 3014 Social Work and Social Policy 10
WELF 2001 Community Management and Organisations 10
WELF 3001 Child Abuse as a Social Issue 10
Select one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Elective subjects

Students may select their electives from any program offered by the university, provided any requisite requirements are met.