Why take this course
Our Bachelor of Social Work is a four-year degree that equips you to be an advocate for change within the South African context with the view to promote social transformation and socio-economic development, cohesion and inclusion, human rights, equality, empowerment and social justice for all.
The Bachelor of Social Work is a professional qualification that provides an understanding of roles, functions, principles and characteristics of management and administration within social service delivery. It also encompasses the ethical requisites of the profession and the complexities of ethical decision-making in day-to-day social work practice. Most importantly, the degree’s strong practical component enables you to apply the core values and principles inherent in professional social work practice.
As a successful graduate, you will be able to pursue further specialisations such as clinical social work, probationary social work, forensic work, adoption work and research. Or, you can continue your studies with articulation into a master’s degree in specialised fields of social work, the social sciences or related fields – both nationally and internationally.
What you can expect
You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of:
- A range of theories, approaches, perspectives and models of intervention that are relevant to social work, developmental social welfare, psychology and other related social sciences.
- The historical evolution of social work internationally, regionally and within the South African context.
- Global standards for social work training and practice.
- Pertinent global, regional and national declarations, policies and legislation relevant to social welfare and social work.
- The ability to apply and uphold the basic values and principles enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the S.A. Constitution in relation to social work service delivery.
- The importance of protecting the rights of vulnerable citizens through the implementation of various legislations and policies for the purpose of promoting social justice, respect for the dignity and worth of the individual, and strengthening universal human rights to enhance human well-being and social functioning.
- The importance of collaboration with National, Provincial and Local structures for the delivery of developmental social welfare services through the role of social work in social welfare policy planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
You will also develop:
- The skills and competencies to implement appropriate social work intervention strategies, projects and programmes to provide preventative, protective, developmental and other social work interventions including rehabilitation, aftercare and reintegration services with individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities.
- The ability to conduct holistic assessments and interventions with individuals, families, groups and communities including assessing client systems and social functioning.
- The ability to advocate for social justice in society by engaging people in social action to the improvement of psycho-socio-economic and political structures in the various fields of social work.
- The ability to address many of the consequences of poverty, social inequality, exclusion, and marginalisation through evidence-based social work interventions to protect the vulnerable and marginalised including women and children, older persons, people with disabilities, women, the poor, etc.
A four-year professional degree.
Gain fieldwork experience from year one.
Leads to registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions as a Registered Social Worker.
Who is this course for?
- Have a genuine desire to promote positive change in society at scale.
- Have the ability to be highly motivated, passionate and self-directed.
- Want to gain practical experience as a key part of your studies to increase your expertise and confidence for a career as a Registered Social Worker.
- Want the depth and breadth of an honours equivalent professional degree with a strong applied learning component, from year 1, that enables your student to build on your ability to perform more and more complex social work processes.
- Want a qualification that will give you multiple academic pathways for master’s degree in various specialised fields of social work, the social sciences or related fields – both nationally and internationally.
Where can I study the Bachelor of Social Work?
You can study this degree at our Cape Town and Johannesburg campuses.
As a successful graduate, you will be eligible for admission into a Master of Social Work degree or a master’s in a cognate discipline as well as further learning programmes in social work and other related fields – both nationally and internationally.
Social workers can potentially find employment in many different sectors, including:
- Social development
- Social policy
- Community development
- Family development and guidance
- Violence and abuse
- Social work intervention with children and youth
- Foster care and adoption
- Statutory services
- Gerontology (old age, the process of ageing, and the particular challenges faced by old people)
- Crime prevention
- Health and mental health
- Substance abuse
- People with disabilities
- Employee assistance programmes
- Academia and research
Bachelor of Social Work modules
- Academic Literacy
- Introduction to Social Work and the Developmental Social Welfare Paradigm
- Diversity in the South African Context
- Generalist Practice 1
- Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 1
- Introduction to Psychology A
- Counselling Modalities 1
- Introduction to Psychology B
- Language and Communication Skills in IsiZulu/IsiXhosa
- Counselling Modalities 2
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 2 (Workshops)
- Social Welfare Policy and the Law
- Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 2
- Professional Values and Ethics in Social Work
- Generalist Practice 2
- Green Social Work and Sustainable Development
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 2 (Placement)
- Community Psychology
- The Criminal Justice System and Forensic Social Work
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 2 (Placement completed)
- Statistics for the Social Sciences
- Social Psychology
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- Community Profiling and Needs Assessment
- Applied Research Methodology
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 3
- Generalist Practice 3
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 3 (Placement Continues)
- Applied Perspectives on Psychological and Mental Health Challenges
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 3 (Completed)
- Theories of Personality
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- BSW Work Integrated Learning 4
- Advocacy and Social Justice for at Risk Populations
- Research Thesis
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 4 (Continues)
- Social Policy and Social Development
- Research Thesis (Continues)
- BSW Work Integrated Learning 4 (Completed)
- Research Thesis (Completed)
- Social Work Management, Supervision and Administration
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Minimum Entrance Requirements:
This is a four-year professional programme that is registered with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP), and as such all applicants are required to undergo a screening and selection process which includes a selection interview in addition to meeting the minimum entrance requirements.
Acceptance into this programme is limited to maximum 20 students per campus per academic year.
- A National Senior Certificate, or the National Certificate (Vocational) or equivalent with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement as follows: an achievement rating of Level 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50 – 59%) or better in six designated subjects, and English should be at an achievement rating of Level 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50 – 59%).
- A Senior Certificate (Pre- 2008) with Endorsement, with English and Mathematics/Maths Literacy passed at Standard Grade or better, or an equivalent school-leaving certificate.
- A Higher Certificate (NQF level 5), a SAQA verified equivalent qualification, Advanced Certificate, or Diploma in a cognate field.
- Applicants 24 years of age and older who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence demonstrating formal, informal, and non-formal knowledge, training, work experience, and/or learning equivalent to an NQF level 5 qualification to support admission into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
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Intake / Selection Process
SACAP has made a decision to only accept 20 students per campus (Cape Town, Johannesburg) only for the first intake into this programme.
Acceptance for our Bachelor of Social Work Degree is subject to a stringent selection process that includes, inter alia: applicants meeting the minimum entrance requirements, completion of application forms, assessment of academic and non-academic aptitudes and competencies, interview with a selection panel.
How can I apply?
It’s easy, you can apply Online
You will also need these docs
- A completed SACAP application form
- A certified copy of your ID
- A certified copy of your academic transcript
- A completed Addendum, inclusive of an autobiographical essay and short sample of own academic written work
- Two confidential referee reports (excluding reports by family members)
- Proof of Application fee of R600.00
Please note: For applicants applying for acceptance into the programme via RPL, an interview will be conducted once the portfolio of evidence has been submitted for review by the selection panel, with the aforementioned documents, to further assess prior learning based on and eligibility for acceptance
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- Study options: On campus (Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg)
- Duration: 4 years full-time
- Modules: 30 (excluding Work Integrated Learning from year 1)
- Accreditation: NQF 8, CHE, SAQA, SACSSP
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