University of Pretoria Bachelor Of Social Work

By | August 17, 2021

With a Bachelor of Social Worker degree, you will have a wide range of job opportunities. As a social worker, you will be able to practice in various settings within South Africa, such as:

The public sector:

  • Government departments: national, provincial and local
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Schools
  • Higher tertiary institutions

The NGO (non-government organisations) sector:

  • Child and family welfare organisations
  • Substance abuse rehabilitation centres
  • Community-based organisations
  • Faith-based organisations

Private Sector:

  • Industry
  • Health sector
  • Schools
  • Private practice

This degree will also equip you to work as a social worker internationally.

All practicing social workers have to register at the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACCP). This is the professional board that regulates social work education and practice. Students from their second study year have to register as student social workers.

It is expected that from 2007 social workers’ annual registration will also be linked to CPD- (Continuous Professional Development) points obtained through attending training opportunities like workshops and conferences.

The Baccalaureus in Social Work (BSW) provides the theoretical and practical training which leads to a professional career in social work. Our curriculum complies with the minimum standards set by the National Qualifications Framework.

What does the programme entail?

The Baccalaureus in Social Work (BSW) has 27 learning outcomes, covering a number of learning areas. It will provide learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude to:

  • promote, restore, maintain and enhance the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities;
  • challenge structural sources of poverty, inequality, oppression, discrimination and social exclusion;
  • help to empower individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities to enhance their social functioning and their problem-solving capacities;
  • provide social work services aimed at protecting people who are vulnerable, at risk and unable to protect themselves;
  • respond to social needs and issues within the South African social welfare policy and legislation context; and
  • demonstrate social work values and the principles of human rights and social justice in their interaction with people in their full diversity.

Admission requirements

The admission requirement for the Baccalaureus in Social Work (BSW) is an APS of at least 30.

Application for admission must be submitted by 30 September of the previous year.

Application forms can be obtained from:
Client Services
University of Pretoria

The first-year social work theory and practice modules are open to any student studying in a related field.

Departmental selection of students for the BSW Programme

All students who wish to proceed with the second year of study for the BSW programme are subjected to a selection process during the second semester of the first year of study. A student must have obtained the prescribed number of credits for social work modules, as determined by the Department of Social Work and Criminology, in order to be selected for the BSW Programme. The steps followed during the three phases of this process are the following:

  • academic achievement;
  • psychometric tests; and
  • a personal interview.

As these selection phases all carry the same weight, the result obtained for each phase contributes one third towards the final selection outcome. Selection begins in August of each year and also applies to students from other universities who wish to continue their social work studies at UP.

Should you need any additional information, you can contact:

The Programme Organiser: Dr LS Geyer
Department of Social Work and Criminology
University of Pretoria
Private Bag X20
Tel: (012) 420 2648