Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Higher Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work

Qualification code: 90011
NQF level: 5
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 93971
APS/AS: 15
Students must be registered with the SACSSP at the start of their studies. The Department of Social Work at UNISA will facilitate registration with the Council at the time of registration or as soon as possible after registration. STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT THE POLICE CLEARANCE BEFORE THEY REGISTER FOR THE SECOND SEMESTER OF THEIR NQF LEVEL 5 MODULES.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to equip learners with the knowledge and skills to practice effectively as a social auxiliary worker under the guidance and supervision of a social worker to achieve the aims of social work. The qualification also develops the competencies of learners in chosen fields of social auxiliary work knowledge and practice, thereby enabling qualifiers to provide supportive services in specialised fields or focus areas of social work. The qualification will enable the learner to register with the SA Council for Social Service Professions as a Social Auxiliary Worker.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

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. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • 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

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Module SAW1501, SAW1503 and SAW1506 must be taken on the first semester. Plus any two modules in Group A
AFL1501 - Language Through an African Lens
APY1501 - Anthropology in a Diverse World
ENG1511 - English Proficiency for University Studies
INS1502 - Developing Information Skills for Lifelong Learning
SAW1501 - Introduction to Social Auxiliary Work Co-requisite:SAW1503 & SAW1506
SAW1502 - Human Development and Fields of Practice in Social Auxiliary Work
SAW1503 - Social Auxiliary Work Practical Skills Co-requisite:SAW1501 & SAW1506
Recommendation:Registration with SACSSP
SAW1505 - Introduction to Social Welfare, Social Work and Social Auxiliary Work
SAW1506 - Introduction to Social Auxiliary Work to Social Work as a Profession Co-requisite:SAW1501& SAW1503
Group B. This module must be taken on the second semester. Plus four remaining modules from Group A
SAW1504 - Integration of Theory and Practice Pre-requisite:SAW1501, SAW1503 & SAW1506
Recommendation:Registration with SACSSP