Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work

This course is open to social work graduates with a minimum of two years' experience as a professional social worker. It involves two compulsory units and a choice from a range of other advanced social work units, depending on availability. The course enables practising social workers to build on their knowledge of advanced social work theory and practice, and research methods.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work
Award abbreviation
GradDipAdvSW
Course code
10370
Course type
postgraduate diploma
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
024808F

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Fees
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SWSP5601Theory for Practice
NSSWSP5602Research Methods

Take unit(s) to the value of 36 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SWSP5605Advanced Community Practice
S1SWSP5607Professional Supervision
S1SWSP5608Group Work
NSSWSP5611Indigenous Policy and Practice
S2SWSP5613Health and Human Development
S1SWSP5614Theory and Practice: Mental Health
S1SWSP5615Advanced Statutory Practice: Mental Health
S2SWSP5616Mental Health Policy and Practice
S2SWSP5617Family-centred Practice: Mental Health
N/ASWSP5618Professional Supervision and Management: Child Protection
N/ASWSP5619Theory and Practice: Child Protection
N/ASWSP5620Advanced Child Protection Practice
Prerequisites:
SWSP5619 Theory and Practice: Child Protection
N/ASWSP5621Child and Family-centred Practice: Child Protection
Prerequisites:
SWSP5619 Theory and Practice: Child Protection; and SWSP5620 Advanced Child Protection Practice

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree or graduate certificate1, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) at least two years of experience as a professionally qualified social worker.

1A relevant graduate certificate includes a Graduate Certificate in Social Work, Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice, and Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 10370 Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work (48 points)
  • 11260 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice (24 points)
  • 11280 Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice (24 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 after being enrolled at the University for one or two semesters only are assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and who have been enrolled at the University for more than two semesters are assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(3) Unless the Faculty determines otherwise in exceptional circumstances, students who have previously been allocated a progress status of 'Suspended' and fail again to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Eligibility to apply for Graduate Certificate in Social Work

13. Students who withdraw from the course before qualifying for the degree but after satisfying the requirements of an articulated graduate certificate may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the relevant certificate.