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Bachelor of Social Work at Univen: The number of students to be admitted into University of Venda (Univen) BSW program is limited. Students will be admitted according to admission requirements. Being accepted by Univen as an applicant does not automatically qualify a student into the BSW program in the Department of Social Work. Students are selected into the BSW program based on their performance and availability of space.

To be registered for the BSW degree, students should be in possession of Matric exemption, if the matric was completed before 2008 be in possession of Matric National Curriculum Statement (NCS) certificate or statement of results indicating a minimum of 35 points have completed application forms from Univen Students Admission Offices: have attached to application forms: copy of Matric results, ID document, ID photo, a testimonial, as well as – if so indicated by university Student Administration Office – payment receipt of the application fee. As necessary, the Office of the School Administrator for Human & Social Sciences (Mr. Mmbadi: 015-962-8969) and Department of Social Work will notify selected students.

Transfer Students from Other Programmes & Institutions

As indicated in admissions requirements here, the same applies to transferring students, namely, that:

Students will be admitted according to admission requirements. Being accepted by the university as an applicant does not automatically qualify the student into the BSW program.

Often due to differences among various universities’ programs (e.g. module levels, credit values, contents and sequence, as well as asymmetry in practical requirements), students transferring from other BSW programs may be required to register for Univen-equivalent modules, to ensure compliance.


The BSW curriculum package is designed to enable social work students registered in the BSW programme to gain sound theoretical and practical knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for professional practice

Specific Outcomes

As stated in the BSW programme documents of the Council on Higher Education CHE (BSW Standards May 2015), social work education has to be responsive to the influence of history on contemporary life; address societal change initiatives; as well as work for greater socio-economic equality. The qualification, therefore, is designed to (BSW Standards May 2015:6):

  • be broad and flexible enough to be responsive to different contexts
  • be of sufficient complexity to ensure that graduates possess the capacity to think on their feet
  • facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills from one context to another
  • ensure that graduates uphold requisite ethical standards, and
  • allow graduates to register with the professional council to practice and to pursue postgraduate.

Career Opportunities

Social workers apply their knowledge and practice their skills in a variety of settings. The majority of social workers work in government departments such Social Development (DSD), Health (DH) in its hospitals including psychiatric settings, South African Police Services (SAPS), South African Defence Force (SANDF), Correctional Services (DCS). Many social workers work for organizations (mostly, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social service organisations) in the fields of child and family welfare, care for people with disabilities, alcohol and drug treatment centers, community development organizations, children’s homes, as well as mental health. In fact, most organisations dealing with some or other human problem offers social work career opportunities.

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