Bachelor of Social Work Unisa

By | August 17, 2021

The Bachelor of Social Work is a practice-based, professional qualification that contributes positively to the government’s agenda of social transformation.

Social work offers many opportunities for professional and personal development and can be employed in different government departments, non-governmental organizations, faith and community-based organizations, rehabilitation centers and child and youth care centers, amongst others.

Admission requirements

Qualification admission requirements

Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the specific admission requirements for your chosen qualification.

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement with a minimum of 60% for English as language of teaching and learning and 60% for a further four content subjects in their matric final examination;

or a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a C symbol on HG

or a B symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning and 60% for any four content subjects;

or a Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work (NQF Level 4) with one year of professional practice as a registered Social Auxiliary Worker; or relevant Higher Certificate at NQF level 5.

Furthermore, applicants, should take note that this is a selection qualification, in which they will be assessed to ascertain suitability to the profession. In addition to the above requirements, applicants will be subjected to the following:

Police clearance for criminal convictions checks aligned with the definition of a ‘fit and proper person’ by the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

It is compulsory that applicants include a receipt from SAPS indicating that they have applied for a police clearance certificate. Successful applicants must submit this clearance certificate at the time of registration.

Two testimonials from credible sources, such as a school leader, a religious leader, or a community leader. Students must be registered with the SACSSP during their second level of study. The Department of Social Work at UNISA will facilitate registration with the Council.

Student fees and funding your studies

Application fee

Pay the application fee once you’ve received your student number:

  • R110 for online applications
  • R170 for hard copy applications (hard copy applications will only be considered in exceptional cases)

Please note that this application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa, do not qualify for admission to Unisa or cannot be offered a space due to limited spaces available.

Apply for admission

Applications for admission to undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees) for UNISA

University Of South Africa Online Application

Additional support for this qualification via TVET colleges

Unisa has an agreement with various Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges to offer classes in a selected number of qualifications. These classes have proved to generally improve the throughput rate of students who enroll for them.

Take note of the following:

  • Make sure that your TVET college of choice offers support in your qualifications. 
  • Apply for admission during Unisa’s application period via your TVET college or via Unisa.


Unisa will send the necessary information about registration dates and the registration process to all successful applicants who have confirmed their acceptance of Unisa’s offer.