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ASc in Social Work

Field of Study: Social Work
Degree Level: Undergraduate
Institution: University of the West Indies Open Campus
Island: Caribbean

Gain insight and practical skills to address some current social issues with the Associate of Science Degree in Social Work (ASc SOWK). This programme is designed to provide training for social work assistants to prepare them for work in agencies and communities and to provide appropriate support to social workers. The courses address the theory and practice of social work and human needs and behaviours. Graduates will be able to serve in para-professional positions and advance organizational goals.

Graduates who meet minimum GPA requirements will be eligible for entry to Level 2 of the relevant BSc programme at UWI.

Who is this programme for?

The ASc Social Work programme is specifically designed for persons wishing to develop social work skills in order to contribute to resolving problems in their local communities and persons interested in building their qualifications towards a professional qualification in social work.


Programme Structure

The associate degree programmes are delivered using a mixed-mode format. Courses are delivered  using online or blended  approaches. Students must have access to a computer and Internet access. Online orientation is conducted before the start of the programme.

Students complete a total of 60 credits normally equivalent to 20 courses. Students explore general education and core courses in a number of areas including:

• Statistics
• Principles and Practice of Social Work
• Ethics for the Human Services
• Caribbean Social Policy & Social Services
• Introduction to Social Research
• Theory & Practice of Social Work


When will the programme start?

The programme starts in August of the academic year.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should meet lower level matriculation requirements which include:

1.    Holders of five (5) CXC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting, as follows:
(i)    English (A), and
(ii)    Mathematics or a foreign language, or an approved science (not Health Science), or additional Mathematics or Geography
(iii)    Three (3) other approved subjects not already counted above.
2.    Persons over the age of 21 on the basis of their overall academic and professional attainments.
3.    Holders of the approved certificates from the School of Continuing Studies, UWI with an acceptable pass in English Language

In addition applicants should have a minimum of three years experience in the social service sector as staff or volunteer.


Academic Preparation

Prior to the start of the programme all new participants must take part in an orientation programme held in August of an academic year.  This orientation introduces learners to online study and prepares them for the demands of a UWI Open Campus Associate Degree programme.

OOL1001 Orientation to Online Learning 
IYMS1001 Improving Your Math Skills 


Course of Study

General Education  
MGMT1000Introduction to Computers Online
FOUN1101 Caribbean Civilization Online
FOUN1001English for Academic Purposes Online
SOCI1005Introductory Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences Online
SPAN0900Introductory Spanish Online
Programme Core  
SOWK0900Principles & Practice of Social Work I Online
SOWK0901Principles & Practice of Social Work II Online
SOWK0902Human Growth and Development Online
SOWK0903Human Behaviour and the Social Environment Online
SOCI1002Introduction to Sociology Online
SOCI1001Introduction to Social Research Online
GOVT1900Administrative Principles & Practices Online
SOWK1001Introduction to Social Work Online
SOWK1003Theory and Practice of Social Work Online
PHIL1902Ethics for the Human Services Online
GOVT1902Caribbean Political Economy Online
SOWK0905Introduction to Caribbean Social Policy and Social Services Online
PSYC1003Introduction to Psychology Online
SOWK1900Social Work Practicum Online
SOWK1007Law of Social Workers Online 

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