Social Work Undergraduate Studies

Our Department of Social Work, University of the Free State, offers a BSW degree. The BSW degree is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme (equivalent to an honours programme once completed). Social work students are trained in the three primary methods and the four secondary methods of social work. The three primary methods of social work are social casework, social group work, and social community work. Research methodology, administration, supervision and management, and education make up the secondary methods of social work. Go to the Module Information document for a description of the different social work modules. Registered students also enrol for elective modules (Psychology, Criminology, Sociology) and developmental modules (UFS101, Computer Literacy) where applicable.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the BSW programme at both the University of the Free State and the Department of Social Work. The basic admission requirements are:

  • An endorsed National Senior Certificate (NSC) issued by the South African Certification Council.
  • An AP score of 30+.
  • A minimum of 60% (level 5) obtained in the NSC in the UFS language of tuition of their choice.
  • For students from UFS extended programmes, successful completion of all developmental modules plus 64 mainstream credits in the first two years with an average of 60% or higher and specifically in modules relevant to the BSW programme.
  • For students from other mainstream degrees, selection will be based on the NSC results and the current study record, specifically in modules relevant to the BSW programme.

Selection Process

Selection to the programme is required because the BSW is a professional degree and practice training facilities are limited. Applicants who comply with the academic requirements will be invited to:

  • Complete the ALL Academic Literacy Test
  • and undergo a psychometric evaluation.

After the completion of the test and evaluation, the departmental selection committee will consider the applications holistically. Selection will be based on a combination of academic performance, academic literacy and the results of the psychometric evaluation. Successful candidates will be informed via SMS and/or email.

Contact Person

For more information, please contact the Programme Director: Student Administration
Dr Roelf Reyneke
+27 51 401 2356


Selection Enquiries: Undergraduate
Giovani Moodley
+27 51 401 2325


T: +27 51 401 2240 or

Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Nhlamulo (Lucky) Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3519
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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