Course overview


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 title
Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
Postgraduate diploma
Current / 2024
Administered by
Allied Health

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
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

No study plans found for this course. See study plans for more information.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
Semester 1
Semester 2
non-standard teaching period

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

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2SWSP5601Theory for PracticeNone30 hours
NSSWSP5602Research MethodsNone5 days (6 hours per day)

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnit codeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2SWSP5605Advanced Community PracticeNone30 hours
S1SWSP5607Professional SupervisionNone30 hours
S1SWSP5608Group WorkNone30 hours
NSSWSP5611Indigenous Policy and PracticeNone30 hours
S2SWSP5613Health and Human DevelopmentNone30 hours
NSSWSP5614Theory and Practice: Mental HealthNone30 hours
NSSWSP5615Advanced Statutory Practice: Mental HealthNone30 hours
NSSWSP5616Mental Health Policy and PracticeNone30 hours
NSSWSP5617Family-Centred Practice: Mental HealthNone30 hours
NSSWSP5618Cultural and organisational contexts of child protectionNone30 hours
NSSWSP5619Theory and Practice: Child Protection
Enrolment in
11280 Graduate Certificate in Child Protection Practice
or Enrolment in
10370 Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work
30 hours
NSSWSP5620Advanced Child Protection Practice
SWSP5619 Theory and Practice: Child Protection
30 hours
NSSWSP5621Child, family and community-centred child protection practice
SWSP5620 Advanced Child Protection Practice
30 hours

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


Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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;


(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 a student must pass units to a point value greater than 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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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) A student who makes satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances—

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

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.


13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).

Additional rules
Eligibility to apply for Graduate Certificate in Social Work

14. 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.