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!
To become a professional social worker, you will need a university degree.
There are many universities and institutions that offer these degrees.
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:
(Postgraduate studies also available)
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
South African Council for Social Service Professions
Nelson Mandela University, Department of Social Development Professions:
North-West University, School of Psychosocial Health:
Stellenbosch University, Department of Social Work:
University of Cape Town, Department of Social Development:
University of Fort Hare, Department of Social Work and Social Development:
University of Johannesburg, Department of Social Work:
University of KwaZulu-Natal, School of Social Work and Community Development:
University of Limpopo, Department of Social Work:
University of Pretoria, Department of Social Work and Criminology:
University of South Africa(UNISA), Department of Social Work:
University of the Free State, Department of Social Work:
University of the Western Cape, Department of Social Work:
University of Venda, Department of Social Work:
University of Witwatersrand, School of Human and Community Development, Department of Social Work:
University of Zululand, Department of Social Work:
Huguenot College, Social Work: