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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*

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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*


See why UNE gets the maximum 5 star rating from graduates for Overall Experience year after year.
Number 1 in Overall  Experience  in NSW - Good Universities Guide 5 Star Rating

Social Work

Social Work at UNE is uniquely designed to prepare you for work in diverse settings, particularly within rural and remote areas and communities. You will be exposed to a variety of situations throughout the course, to enable a better understand of how individuals, groups and communities experience issues such as social marginalisation, isolation and disempowerment.


Social Work is taught using a "Case Based Learning Model", as this assists you to develop the skills and capacity to understand multiple, and potentially competing, interests, psycho and social dimensions, and systemic issues. You will be taught using the latest online technologies, which will prepare you for contemporary social work practice within multiple service provision contexts.


UNE offers two Social Work degrees:

  • Bachelor of Social Work - a four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree for school leavers and for those without a university degree.
  • Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) - for those who have previously completed a three year university degree and wish to change their career direction, or for those already working in the community services who wish to boost their career trajectory.

Our social work degrees are internationally recognised and accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers; and you are eligible for membership of this professional body.


UNE is at the forefront of nurse education and we have a reputation for producing excellent nurses who are in-demand because of their practical experience, and knowledge of Australian health care systems.

Bachelor of Nursing*^

Nursing plays a key role in health services across the world, and registered nurses work in a wide variety of settings. The Bachelor of Nursing equips graduates with the key knowledge and skills necessary for the practice of nursing. Students who successfully complete 6 trimesters of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing and are eligible to apply to become a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). 


Counselling and Mental Health

Our postgraduate counselling and mental health courses provide professional training in counselling specialisations to enable you to work in a range of counselling contexts. Emphasis is given to producing counsellors who are self-reflective and committed to lifelong learning in the areas of human development and counselling processes.


You will be introduced to the mental health care system in Australia, and will learn practical counselling skills to enable you to work effectively in the mental health field.


The implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has created a demand for employees with specialist education and training in the disability and human services sector. UNE has developed a suite of postgraduate degrees designed to equip you with the key knowledge and skills to help you adopt a more person-centered approach to people with a disability and their families. You will study clinical and neurobiological issues in disability management and NDIS business management.


Our Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Disability will develop your understanding of the scientific basis of disabilities, and how to apply evidence-based interventions to assist and manage clients’ lives most effectively. These degrees will help you and your organisation transition into the new era of disability service delivery, whether that be in the government, private or community sector.

Available Courses


Start March 2


Start June 29


Start October 26


Please see course details for individual course rules and admissions criteria. Note some degrees have mandatory intensive schools which require attendance on campus.

*^ Please note quotas have been met for the Bachelor of Nursing in Trimester 1 2020 and applications are now closed. 

Course list subject to change

Studying Online

At UNE, online study is about the kind of flexibility and support that can only come from a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults studying from home.


We have three teaching periods (trimesters), giving you greater choice about when and how much they study each year.


We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality.

How Does
Online Study Work?


Online study can also be referred to as 'distance education' (also off-campus, or external study) and provides an opportunity for you to study without having to physically attend a campus.


To make sure your learning can take place when it suits you, UNE provides online facilities which allow you to send questions, submit assignments, engage with other students, order library books, check your results and access other resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



As a UNE student, you will have access to our professional support services including:

  • 24/7 Online Tutor Support
  • Academic Skills & Assignment Support
  • Career Development
  • Individual Counselling — for personal and academic issues
  • Special Needs Office — if you need adjustments to how you study because of temporary or permanent disability
A small number of units have intensive schools that enable students to engage in practical exercises, tutorials and lectures during intensive periods on campus in Armidale. These are a requirement for some units that have an important practical component, often in the sciences – please check the Course & Unit Catalogue for details.

Life On Campus at UNE

Studying on campus in Armidale gives you the traditional university experience, with the added benefit of small class sizes and great access to lecturers. Our Academic staff are passionate about what they teach and are keen to see you succeed.


We have affordable accommodation options that put you right at the heart of the action, giving you maximum independence and access to academic, sporting and social facilities.


Our Residential Colleges give you the benefit of academic and social support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities.


All of this means that you get every opportunity to reach your full potential and get the very best start (plus some great memories along the way).

Confident, young looking woman studying.

Free Pathways to Study

The Pathways Enabling Course prepares you for admission to an undergraduate course at UNE. It is free from course fees and available online. The course awards you with the minimum entry requirements and can provide credit towards your UNE degree.
  • Prepare for university without paying course fees
  • Gain admission to university
  • Flexible online study
  • Develop valuable skills and knowledge
  • Complete study that can count towards your degree
  • Start in any three teaching periods


Complete the UNE “MyFutureFinder” and in 10 minutes you’ll have a free, detailed report delivered to your inbox, including a comprehensive profile of your personality, a customised matching of careers to your personality, and finally, the UNE courses that qualify you for those careers.

  • No cost
  • Completed in just 10 minutes - we understand your time is valuable
  • Individualised report based on your unique answers
  • Comprehensive, insightful and useful
  • Plain language explanations
  • Immediate delivery of your report on completion
  • Share and compare with your family and friends

How to Apply

Applications now open for Trimester 1, 2020 (March).

Prior to applying we suggest you:
1. Check out our 
Course and Unit Catalogue
, to see all the degrees UNE has to offer. You can search by course or for specific subjects. If you find yourself thinking 'that might be good', then have a look at which degree program is linked to those subjects.
2. Check if you need to add any 
entry requirement documentation
 to your application.
Check the closing dates for applications.
 Some courses have earlier closing dates and requirements.
4. You may also be eligible for credit for study you've previously undertaken successfully, find out about 
Advanced Standing
Please note: International students who wish to study wholly online are only permitted to do so if they are studying online from overseas or are studying in Australia on a visa other than a student visa.

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Contact our Future Student Team and they'll be able to help you with details about the application process, degree questions, studying at UNE and more.

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