Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Social Work

Qualification code: 90088
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 552
SAQA ID: 101834
APS/AS: 21
Rules:
NQF Level 5: BSW1503 includes a minimum of 40 hours observation in a practical setting at an approved organisation and under supervision of a registered social worker. Students must choose one of CMY1501, CMY1502, DVA1501 or APY1501. NQF Level 6: Students must choose either Psychology or Sociology as a second major and must complete three modules (NQF level 6) from either Psychology or Sociology. BSW2605 includes a maximum of 140 hours' work-integrated learning in a practical setting at an approved organisation and under supervision of a registered social worker. Full-time students in the BSW may register for up to 144 credits per annum to account for the practical work. NQF level 7: Students continue with one of two major subjects selected at NQF level 6(five modules at NQF level 7) from Psychology or Sociology.BSW3706 includes a maximum of 200 hours' work-integrated learning in a practical setting at approved organisation and under supervision of a registered social worker. Full-time students in the BSW may register for up to 144 credits per annum to account for the practical work. Students must register with the SACSSP as student social workers before registering for BSW2605, BSW3706 or BSW4805 can be allowed. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER WITHOUT THE POLICE CLEARANCE.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to ensure that all graduates will be able to contribute meaningfully to enhance the quality of life for all by means of social development and transformation through acquired knowledge, skills and values. The BSW will equip its graduates to address many of the consequences of social inequality, exclusion, poverty and marginalisation through evidence-based interventions. The overarching values that guide social work education and training are: social justice, Ubuntu, human rights and respect for indigenous knowledge systems and the environment.
This qualification will be presented via distance learning mode.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.


Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.


How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

BSW1503 includes a minimum of 40 hours observation in a practical setting at an approved
organisation and under supervision of a registered social worker. Students must choose one of
CMY1501, CMY1502, DVA1501 or APY1501.

Students must register with the SACSSP as student social workers before registering for any of the
practical modules (BSW1503, BSW2605, BSW3706 or BSW4805).





Second level

Students must choose either Psychology or Sociology as a second major and must complete three
modules (NQF level 6) from either Psychology or Sociology. BSW2605 includes a maximum of 140 hours'
work-integrated learning in a practical setting at an approved organisation and under supervision of
a registered social worker.

Full-time students in the BSW may register for up to 144 credits per annum to account for the
practical work.





Third level

Students continue with one of two major subjects selected at NQF level 6 (five modules at NQF level
7) from Psychology or Sociology. BSW3706 includes a maximum of 200 hours' work-integrated learning
in a practical setting at approved organisation and under supervision of a registered social worker.

Full-time students in the BSW may register for up to 144 credits per annum to account for the
practical work.






Fourth level

A student must complete all Social Work modules at NQF levels 5, 6 and 7 before registering for any
of the modules at NQF level 8. BSW4805 includes a minimum of 600 hours' work-integrated learning in
a practical setting at approved organisation and under supervision of a registered Social Worker.

Full-time students in the BSW may register for up to 144 credits per annum to account for the
practical work.