Bachelor of Social Work | UMP

APS Required



4 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree





  • Minimum APS: 32
  • English (Home or First Additional Language): Level 4
  • Mathematics Level 2 or Mathematical Literacy Level 3

Career Prospects

Fields of Practice

  • Child and Family Welfare: Work with children in need of care and protection, family counseling, adoption services, foster care, and support programs.
  • Substance Abuse: Counseling and rehabilitation programs for individuals and families struggling with addiction.
  • Mental Health: Community mental health centers, hospitals, and private practice settings focusing on therapeutic interventions.
  • Medical Social Work: Hospitals, clinics, and rehabilitation centers, supporting patients and families with the social and emotional aspects of illness and recovery.
  • Correctional Services: Probation and parole, rehabilitation programs within prisons, and support for reintegration into society.
  • Policy and Advocacy: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), research institutions, and government departments focusing on social policy development and advocacy for vulnerable populations.
  • Community Development: Work with communities to address issues such as poverty, housing, education, and social empowerment.
  • Disability Support: Organizations and services dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities and their families.

South Africa Specific Considerations:

  • Critical Need: South Africa faces significant social challenges, creating great demand for social workers across various sectors.
  • Government Focus: The Department of Social Development is a major employer of social workers with many programs nationwide.
  • NGO Sector: The robust NGO landscape in South Africa provides numerous employment opportunities focusing on diverse social issues.

Potential Job Titles:

  • Social Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Community Development Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Officer
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Program Coordinator

Organizations to Target

  • Department of Social Development and provincial offices
  • Child welfare organizations
  • NGOs addressing a broad range of social issues
  • Hospitals and health care facilities
  • Schools and educational institutions
  • Prisons and correctional facilities
  • Community-based organizations

Additional Considerations:

  • Registration: Registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) is mandatory for practice as a social worker.
  • Specialization: A Master’s in Social Work can open doors to specialized fields like clinical social work, forensic social work, or research.
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