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Additional information

body or mind

both

Field

Social Services

Boss or Team

Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Neither

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Busy Environment

Social Worker (Professional)

Becoming a social worker is one of those careers where it’s not just a job, it’s a calling. Social workers care deeply about making a difference in both people and communities lives. Their role is to provide support, protection and assistance to those in need and who are vulnerable or in crisis.

It’s also a very rewarding career with many opportunities in South Africa.

If helping people is your passion, then a career in social work could be for you!

Required Qualifications

To become a professional social worker, you will need a university degree.

There are many universities and institutions that offer these degrees. 

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

Entry requirements differ per institution, but a National Senior Certificate is required for becoming a professional generally required school subjects for National Senior Certificate include:

Duration of Study

Professional social workers in South Africa typically study between 3-5 years. (Postgraduate studies also available)

Employment Opportunities

You will have to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions in order to legally practise professionally as a social worker. 

Employment opportunities include opportunities in the  private sector, welfare organizations and governmental or non-governmental organisations

Further Information

South African Council for Social Service Professionals

Related University Degrees

Nelson Mandela University, Department of Social Development Professions:
https://www.mandela.ac.za/Study-at-Mandela/Discovery/Career-study-fields-details?careerID=111

North-West University, School of Psychosocial Health:
http://health-sciences.nwu.ac.za/psychosocial-health

Stellenbosch University, Department of Social Work:
http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/arts/social-work/programmes/undergraduate

University of Cape Town, Department of Social Development:
http://www.socialdevelopment.uct.ac.za/

University of Fort Hare, Department of Social Work and Social Development:
https://www.ufh.ac.za/faculties/social-sciences/departments/social-work

University of Johannesburg, Department of Social Work:
https://www.uj.ac.za/faculties/humanities/Department-of-Social-Work

University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Social Work and Community Development:
http://swcd.ukzn.ac.za/Homepage.aspx

University of Limpopo, Department of Social Work:
https://www.ul.ac.za/index.php?Entity=social_admin_req

University of Pretoria, Department of Social Work and Criminology:
https://www.up.ac.za/social-work-criminology

University of South Africa(UNISA), Department of Social Work:
https://www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corporate/default/Colleges/Human-Sciences/Schools,-departments,-centres,-institutes-&-units/School-of-Social-Sciences/Department-of-Social-Work

University of the Free State, Department of Social Work:
https://www.ufs.ac.za/humanities/departments-and-divisions/social-work-home/prospective-students/undergraduate

University of the Western Cape, Department of Social Work:
https://www.uwc.ac.za/study/all-areas-of-study/departments/department-of-social-work/overview

University of Venda, Department of Social Work:
https://www.univen.ac.za/about/schools/school-of-human-and-social-sciences/social-work/

University of Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Department of Social Work:
https://www.wits.ac.za/shcd/

University of Zululand, Department of Social Work:
http://www.unizulu.ac.za/social-work/

Walter Sisulu University:
https://www.wsu.ac.za/index.php/study-with-us/undergraduate-academic-programmes/faculties/mthatha/faculty-of-humanities-social-sciences-law

Huguenot College, Social Work:
https://hugenote.com/academics/schools/#social-reformation

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