What is Social Work?

Social Work is a profession. It means you will undergo special expert training before you may practice as a social worker. The work includes a range of services which can be rendered to individuals, groups and communities. Professional service rendering occurs with regard to a wide variety of issues in order to help people to help themselves.

What does a Baccalaureus of Social Work entail?

The Social Work profession needs talented young people to help South Africa develop its most valuable resource – its people. For this qualification, one (1) program is presented. It is a professional qualification which enables you to register at the South African Council for Social Service Professions. The objective of this program is to train students as social workers to do therapeutic and developmental work and to effectively fulfil their role as stipulated by the South African Council for Social Service Professions.

Manner of presentation and duration of programme

During the four years, you acquire experience in a variety of social work settings and environments that include Child and Youth Care Centres and Non-Governmental Organisations. You gain experience in all social work methods that include case work, group work, community work, management and research.

In general: 

  • It is a four-year, full-time qualification
  • In your 4th year, you have a 3-month internship
  • Social Work is a very scarce skill in South Africa
  • In your second year, you register at the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) as student social worker. 

During the 4 years you acquire a variety of experience on different fields of services that include: 

  • Child and youth care;
  • Working with the elderly; 
  • Working at Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's);
  • Community service and 
  • Presenting group work. 

What are the admission requirements for the degree?

  • No student will be allowed into the BSW–programme unless he/she has furnished written proof that he/she has not been convicted of any offence against a child in terms of the 61 Sexual Offences Act (Act 23 of 1957) and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 32 of 2007.
  • A student should be in possession of a full Matriculation exemption certificate with an average pass mark of at least 60% during the matriculation examination.
  • APS-score: The results achieved in four designated subjects plus two NSC subjects will be taken into consideration. The results achieved in Life orientation will not be taken into account. The required APS-score is 28
  • Language requirement: A pass mark of 50-59% (level 4) in the language of teaching and learning concerning home language or first additional language level.

What is the selection process of the degree?

Prospective students will be subject to a selection process consisting of the following components:

  1. Completion of a variety of psychometric selection tests (test battery)
  2. If indicated, an interview with a selection panel.

Postgraduate studies

Successful completion of the program grants admission to a Master degree in Social Work. Admission is subject to a selection process and available capacity in the subject group.

Career opportunities

Occupation in public service (SAPD, SANDF, DSD), private sector (private practice) or the academia. Other institutions also enrol social workers like NGO's (Child Welfare, NG Welfare etc.), churches, schools and large companies.