• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #194 (WUR) Johannesburg, South Africa
The BA Social Work offered at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 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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Promote social change, and the development and wellbeing of people.

The Social Work Department from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg strives to be a centre 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Marriage and Divorce Counsellor
  • Substance Abuse Counsellor
  • Development Planner Working with disadvantaged communities
  • Lecturer
  • Personnel Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Social Welfare Manager
  • Social Welfare Researcher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Psychology 
  • Sociology 
  • Social Work 
  • Second year
  • Psychology 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • APS 34+
  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5
  • Wait-listing
  • 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 2019. 
  • International Qualifications 
  • English Language (O Level: A-C | A Level: A-E | AS Level: A-D)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5516 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5516 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    2758 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2758 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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