Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work

Course information

Course title Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work
Course code UBAHSPWFT5
Postnominal B.A. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator Sue Vella
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
The overall aim of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work programme is to equip students with the necessary social work knowledge, values and skills required to practise as a social worker. This is done through the teaching of a variety of study units, some of which are theory based and others which are practice based. Since the course is generic in nature it seeks to provide students with knowledge, skills and abilities which will lend themselves useful in any practice setting. In addition, the programme is the only route in Malta through which individuals can enter the social work profession, and therefore an important aim of the programme is to expose students to different social work settings in Malta and Gozo. This is primarily done through the placements which students carry out during the course, but also through other tasks set by different study units.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants in possession of the Diploma in Social Work of this University, or a comparable qualification in an area related to Social Work or Social Policy or who have obtained credits for study-units considered by the Board to be equivalent to those in the Course may also be admitted to the Course. Subject to the provisions of the Principal Regulations, such applicants may be allowed by the Board to transfer these credits to the Course. The number of credits so transferred shall not exceed those obtainable in one year of the Course.

Applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' are required to sit for an English Proficiency Test to be held on 3 September 2020. Successful applicants will then be required to sit for an interview during the last two weeks of September 2020. These dates cannot be changed. Such applicants shall be exempted from sitting for the proficiency test if they are in possession of a pass at SEC level English at Grade 5 or better or equivalent. The closing date for receipt of applications from applicants in terms of the 'maturity (adult learners) clause' (those who will be sitting for the proficiency test and/or interview) is 31 August 2020. The closing date for other applicants is 30 September 2020.

Applicants may also be required to submit a Learning Portfolio. Further information about the Portfolio will be forwarded to applicants.

Whilst filling in the online application for this course applicants must have their Police Certificate of Conduct in hand as they are required to include certain details from the Police Certificate of Conduct in the application form.

On acceptance on the course, applicants will be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 8,500
These tuition fees are quoted for indicative purposes only as they are based on the programme of studies of 2018/9.
Individuals who follow the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work programme are educated into the profession of social work. They gain the necessary knowledge, values and skills which any person who wishes to pursue social work as a career is required to possess. Through the knowledge, values and skills taught, they shall be equipped to work with vulnerable individuals in society, to appreciate diversity and individuality and to identify strengths in people and communities, seek to develop those strengths and build on them.
The course may be of interest to a very wide variety of people:

- People who have obtained their MATSEC certificate and who are interested in obtaining a professional degree and becoming social workers to work in diverse settings including children, youth, families, disability, mental health and so on.
- People who wish to return to study as mature applicants.
- People who are working in the social sector (voluntary or paid) and wish to be more professional in their practice.
Persons who acquire a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work have the opportunity to work within different social work settings. Some of these settings include children and family settings, the drug and alcohol sectors, the disability sector, community settings, health and mental health settings, working with the elderly, working with asylum seekers and refugees and various residential settings.

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work allows students access to different Masters Programmes both locally and overseas. Of particular significance is the fact that in October 2009 the first Masters in Social Work Programme began to be offered by the University of Malta’s Department of Social Policy and Social Work.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange for the taught study-units are encouraged to do so during the first semester of the second year of the course. Students who wish to go for a work placement abroad are encouraged to do so during the summer period of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.

Last Updated: 22 April 2021

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