Bachelor in Social Work UFS

By | August 17, 2021

The Department of Social Work, University of the Free State, offers a BSW degree. The BSW degree is a four-year, full-time undergraduate program (equivalent to an honors program once completed).

Social work students are trained in the three primary methods and the four secondary methods of social work. The three primary methods of social work are social casework, social group work, and social community work. Research methodology, administration, supervision and management, and education make up the secondary methods of social work.

Registered students also enroll for elective modules (Psychology, Criminology, Sociology) and developmental modules (UFS101, Computer Literacy) where applicable.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the BSW programme at the University of the Free State. Thereafter, the Department of Social Work will send the applicant a departmental application form.

The basic admission requirements are:

  • An endorsed National Senior Certificate (NSC) issued by the South African Certification Council
  • An AP score of 30+
  • A minimum of 60% (level 5) obtained in the NSC in the UFS language of tuition of their choice
  • For students from UFS extended programmes, successful completion of all developmental modules plus 64 mainstream credits in the first two years with an average of 60% or higher and specifically in modules relevant to the BSW programme
  • For students from other mainstream degrees, selection will be based on the NSC results and the current study record, specifically in modules relevant to the BSW programme

Selection Process

Selection to the programme is required because the BSW is a professional degree and practice training facilities are limited. Applicants who comply with the academic requirements will be invited to:

  • Complete the ALL Academic Literacy Test
  • and undergo a psychometric evaluation.

After the completion of the test and evaluation, the departmental selection committee will consider the applications holistically. Selection will be based on a combination of academic performance, academic literacy and the results of the psychometric evaluation. Successful candidates will be informed via SMS and/or email.

Contact Person

For more information, please contact the Programme Director: Student Administration
Prof Roelf Reyneke
+27 51 401 2356
Selection Enquiries: Undergraduate

Giovani Moodley
+27 51 401 2325

MSW in Social Work

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSW in Social Work is dependent on the following factors:

  • Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at exit level 8.
  • Applicants must be registered as a social worker or student social worker with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP). Students have to hand in proof of registration.
  • Applicants with a foreign MSW qualification have to apply at the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for an evaluation of their qualifications. The purpose of this evaluation is the recognition of foreign qualifications in terms of the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
  • Foreign students must apply for registration at the SACSSP as social workers or student social workers, in terms of section 17 of the Social Service Professions Act, 1978.
  • A minimum of 60% is required for admission to the University of the Free State.
  • Applicants must have achieved at least 65% for the MSW qualification.
  • Applicants must have an advanced working knowledge of social work research methodology. Applicants are advised to study the following textbook:
    • De Vos, AS, Strydom, H, Fouché, CB, & Delport, CSL. eds. 2011. Research at grassroots: for the social sciences and human service professions. 4th ed. Pretoria: Van Schaik.


  1. Complete the online application form for admission to the University of the Free State.
  2. The following documents must be completed and sent to Prof SB Ferreira, Department of Social Work (34), PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300:
    • An internal application form of the Department of Social Work
    • Signed departmental rules and work agreement
    • Signed supervision agreement


  • If possible, you will be placed with the supervisor of your choice.
  • If your application is successful, you will be expected to attend workshops presented by the Postgraduate School of the UFS that will aid you in your research study.
  • After completion of your research report, you will be invited to do a presentation on your research findings to the social work community.

The closing date for applications is 30 September.

Prof Sandra B Ferreira