Bachelor of Social Work – Wits University

By | January 22, 2020

The Social Work Department strives to be a center of excellence in promoting social change, development, and the wellbeing of people, through research, teaching, and community service. Social workers help individuals, groups, and communities solve problems relating to human relationships, and facilitate the empowerment and liberation of people by enhancing their wellbeing and promoting social change. Principles of human rights, anti-oppression, and social justice form the foundation of the profession.

During the four-year degree, you will learn about professional ethics and processes in social work, as well as different intervention models, the legislative framework, research methodologies, and concepts and theories underpinning the profession.

Once you’ve completed the undergraduate degree, you may extend your studies to Master’s and Doctorate levels.

Qualification: B Social Work

School: Human and Community Development

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Wits University Entry Requirements

APS 34+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5


Applicants with an entry requirement of at least 30-33 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Additional Selection Criteria

Potential social work students are required to write a National Benchmark Test (NBT) at an affiliated venue before 31 October. 

International Qualifications 

English Language (O Level: A-C | A Level: A-E | AS Level: A-D)

Other Social Work Qualifications Offered

Bachelor of Social Work – The BA Social Work is a four-year professional degree programme. Social workers work in various fields of service such as community development, child protection, child and family welfare, youth programmes, disability, health, education, the workplace, and social policy development.

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Master’s degree in Occupational Social Work – The Master of Arts by Coursework and Research Report in the field of Occupational Social Work is offered on a part-time basis only. The course explores contextual issues relating to occupational social work practice in South Africa. Classes are designed to be interactive, where students can learn from each other as well as experts in various fields.

Master’s degree in Social Development – The Master of Arts by Coursework and Research Report in the Field of Social Development is offered as a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) postgraduate degree.

Masters by Research – Students registered for this degree are expected to undertake research on a topic approved by the Department and under the guidance of a supervisor. In addition to individual supervision, students are expected to attend a research methodology refresher course and Postgraduate Seminars.

Ph.D. – This course is offered as a full-time (2 year) or part-time (4 years) postgraduate degree.

How To Apply For Social Worker At Wits

The application opens from April to September each year. Apply online

Closing Dates

30 June
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