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Undergraduate training:

In accordance with current South African practice, professional Social Work education and training is offered through a four-year generic curriculum.

The four (4) year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree complies with the requirements of the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and the South African Council for Social Service Professions. All social work methods are taught. In addition, attention is paid to social research, social legislation, administration and management, social development and social policy and planning.

Special emphasis is placed on meeting South African and more broadly African wide social development needs. The teaching of theory is augmented by a comprehensive series of field instruction programmes. These programmes operate in close conjunction with a large number of social service agencies, both statutory and voluntary.

Field instruction is undertaken in a wide range of settings and communities. The organisation and supervision of the field instruction programmes are the responsibility of the Department.

Applying for Undergraduate Studies:

Applicants must follow these steps:

  1. Follow the UCT online Application procedure. Online forms are available on this link.
  2. Consult the Faculty of Humanities Handbook to establish whether or not you meet our admission criteria.
  3. If you want to find out about the AARP entrance tests (PTEEP and QLT), which you may be required to take, please see the AARP pages.
  4. If you meet the admission requirements, you may apply online through the University Administration office online applications

Please also consult UCT Fees web pages to find out about fee structures for the different academic programmes as well as Financial Aid.

Click here to apply for Undergraduate studies