It's not only a career. It's about advocating for sustainable change
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Study Social Work in 2021
This honours-equivalent degree is an excellent choice if you are a highly motivated individual who wants to lead the charge and promote positive sustainable change in society at scale.
The qualification provides a broad understanding of social, economic, cultural, political, environmental, religious and global contexts and it prepares you for holistic and comprehensive practice with diverse and vulnerable populations.
You will be equipped with the values, knowledge, and skills you need to intervene and advocate on behalf of individuals, families, groups, and communities – applying a range of appropriate theories and practice models guided by the National Association of Social Workers and the South African Council for Social Services Professions’ ethics, values and principles.
The Bachelor of Social Work degree enables you to pursue further specialisations and it opens employment opportunities in government, non-governmental, faith and community-based organisations, private sector agencies, including academic or research institutes, among others.
What’s more, because the degree is benchmarked against national and international standards, you can work anywhere in the world. Or, you can continue your studies with articulation into a Master’s in Social Work, the Social Sciences or related fields.
SACAP’s Bachelor of Social Work is only offered on the Johannesburg and Cape Town Campuses.
What you can study
- Study options: On campus (Cape Town and Johannesburg)
- Duration: 4 years full-time
- Modules: 30 (including Work Integrated Learning from year 1)
- Accreditation: NQF 8, CHE, SAQA, SACSSP
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