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Bachelor of Social Work with Honours (BSW(Hons))

A candidate who has completed the first, second and third years of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with sufficient merit may be accepted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours.
The candidate's acceptance for honours is based on the achievement of a minimum Credit average in the academic units of the Bachelor of Social Work taken at second and third year level. The Faculty will consider applicants who do not meet these requirements on a case-by-case basis.
The honours course is concurrent with the final year of the Bachelor of Social Work degree course. In addition to the normal academic units of the fourth year, candidates for honours undertake two practicums - one in an agency (Social Work Practicum 2 - weighting 25%), and the other in a research unit on campus (Social Work Practicum 3 - weighting 15%). Additionally candidates must undertake a supervised research project on a topic relevant to social work (Social Work Honours - weighting 20%).
The classes of honours are First Class, Second Class, and Third Class. There is an upper and lower division in the second class. To gain first class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 in academic units, including an award of HD in the honours dissertation. To gain upper second class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in academic units, including an award of DN in the honours dissertation. To gain lower second class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in academic units, including an award of CR in the honours dissertation. To gain third class honours you are required to complete all units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in academic units, and gain an award of PP in the honours dissertation. Except by special permission of Faculty there is no re-examination for honours.

Note: Currently academic units are weighted as follows: Social Work Honours = 40%, first semester coursework = 60% The grade point average is computed as follows: HD=5, DN=4, CR=3, PP=2, TP=1, NN= 0.