Bachelor of Social Work | UWC

APS Required



4 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree





  • Minimum 34 UWC APS
  • English: Code 4 (Home or First Additional Language)
  • Any other language: Code 3 (Home or First Additional)
  • Maths Code 3 or Maths Literacy Code 4

Career Prospects

A Bachelor of Social Work prepares graduates for careers dedicated to improving the well-being and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. In South Africa, where social issues such as poverty, inequality, and social exclusion are prevalent, graduates with this qualification can pursue diverse career opportunities in social services, community development, and advocacy. Here are some potential career paths for graduates with a Bachelor of Social Work:

  1. Social Worker: Provide direct services to individuals, families, and groups facing social and emotional challenges, such as poverty, abuse, mental illness, and substance abuse. Social workers assess client needs, develop intervention plans, and provide counseling, support, and advocacy to empower clients and improve their social functioning and resilience.
  2. Community Development Worker: Facilitate community-driven development initiatives aimed at addressing social problems, enhancing community capacity, and promoting social justice and inclusion. Community development workers collaborate with community members, organizations, and stakeholders to identify needs, mobilize resources, and implement projects that build social capital, economic opportunities, and community well-being.
  3. Child and Family Welfare Officer: Work with children, youth, and families in crisis situations, providing protection, support, and intervention services to promote child safety, well-being, and permanency. Child and family welfare officers assess family dynamics, conduct home visits, and collaborate with other professionals to ensure child protection, reunification, and alternative care arrangements as needed.
  4. School Social Worker: Support students’ academic success, emotional well-being, and social development within school settings, collaborating with educators, parents, and community agencies to address barriers to learning and student achievement. School social workers provide counseling, crisis intervention, and referral services to students and families, advocating for equitable access to education and support services.
  5. Medical Social Worker: Provide psychosocial support and counseling to patients and families facing medical crises, chronic illnesses, disabilities, or end-of-life care in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. Medical social workers assess patients’ psychosocial needs, coordinate care plans, and provide emotional support, counseling, and referrals to community resources to enhance patients’ coping skills and quality of life.
  6. Geriatric Social Worker: Support older adults and their families in navigating the challenges of aging, including healthcare, housing, caregiving, and end-of-life planning. Geriatric social workers assess elder clients’ needs, develop care plans, and provide advocacy, counseling, and support services to promote aging in place, dignity, and quality of life for older adults.
  7. Community Organizer: Mobilize and empower marginalized communities to advocate for their rights, access resources, and address systemic injustices and inequalities. Community organizers facilitate community meetings, grassroots campaigns, and collective actions to address social, economic, and environmental issues, fostering community empowerment and social change.
  8. Policy Advocate/Analyst: Advocate for social justice, equity, and human rights through policy research, analysis, and advocacy efforts aimed at influencing public policies, legislation, and social programs. Policy advocates and analysts conduct policy research, engage stakeholders, and mobilize public support to advance policy reforms and initiatives that address social inequalities, discrimination, and injustices.
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