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BSc Social Work with Minor in Youth Development Work

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Social Work and Youth Development Work are intrinsically related; therefore, this  BSc Social Work with Minor in Youth Development Work seeks to offer students a rich blend of aspects of the human services that are urgently needed to address current societal issues that exist or are emerging in this 21st Century environment. This alignment of Social Work (Major) with Youth Development Work (Minor) offers students an exciting opportunity to explore and benefit from compatible and supplementary areas of academic interests that will make them stand out in the job market and in applying for graduate studies.

The programme seeks to equip the region’s professionals and volunteers with the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to contribute meaningfully to the practice of social work and the issues of youth development work across the Caribbean region and elsewhere. 

Who is this programme for?

the programme is for individuals with an interest in pursuing careers in the human services including:

social/youth workers and volunteers who do not have formal qualification in social work and/or youth development work and are desirous of pursuing a profession in the human services
persons who are interested in enhancing and strengthening their competencies in order to engage in human services support in their places of employment, or as volunteers in social and civic organizations and institutions e.g. schools, churches, places of safety, children homes, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community-based organizations (CBOs); first line supervisors and trainers in government ministries and agencies, private sector entities.

Which careers can graduates pursue?

Graduates are likely to pursue the following careers:

  • Social services administrator
  • Probation officer
  • Public administrator
  • Public policy consultant
  • Guidance counsellor
  • Educator
  • Youth coordinator and manager
  • Police officer
  • Sociologist
  • Correctional officer
  • Substance abuse counsellor
  • Child welfare officer
  • Outreach worker or volunteer
  • Behaviour specialist
  • Advocate
  • Researcher/Evaluator

Programme Structure

The structure of the BSc Social Work with Minor in Youth Development Work reflects progression of intellectual growth and promotes student success. The courses at Level 1 are foundation and introductory level courses. Levels II and III of the programme comprise the courses offered in the Social Work (Major), the Youth Development Work (Minor), and the Free Electives. All courses in this proposed structure are drawn from the Open Campus’ existing undergraduate programmes in Social Work and Youth Development Work in particular, as well as from the Sociology and Psychology programmes for the Free Electives. This degree category comprises the Major (30 credits); Minor (18 credits); and Free Electives (12 credits) 

When will the programme start?

The programme is offered in August of each Academic Year. Students may complete the degree full time in a minimum of three academic years (over six semesters). Students, however, may pursue the programme part-time according to their capacity to manage their academic and professional responsibilities.

Entry Requirements

New entrants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme. 

New entrants must meet the University’s normal matriculation requirements in order to be accepted into the programme.  They must satisfy the requirements in either (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) below:

(a)     Entrants with CXC-CSEC and GCE qualifications having:

  • An acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC Mathematics or its equivalent; AND
  • An acceptable pass in CXC-CSEC English A; AND
  • One of the following minimum qualifications:
    o     either five subjects (at least two GCE ‘A’ Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level; OR
    o     four subjects (at least three GCE ‘A’ Level or CAPE) and the fourth an acceptable pass in the CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level
  • Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency, Grades I or II pre‐1998 and Grades I, II, or III from June 1998.    

(b)     Holders of five (5) CXC-CSEC or GCE ‘O’ Level passes or equivalent, not necessarily obtained at the same sitting.

NOTE:     The same subject cannot be counted at both CXC-CSEC General Proficiency and GCE ‘O’ Level.

English Language Proficiency Examination

Entrants may be required to take The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). This test is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a satisfactory level of writing and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. 

Academic Preparation

The following courses do not provide credits for your programme of study but will give you the added benefit of preparing for your academic studies at the UWI Open Campus:

OOL1001     Orientation to Online Learning

IYMS1001    Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
Social Work Practicum
Introduction to Social Research
Youth Development Work: Introduction to Theory and Practice
Fundamental Principles and Practices of Social Work I
Ethics for the Human Services
Introduction to Psychology: Social, Developmental and Abnormal
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
English for Academic Purposes
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
Youth and Sustainable Development
Contemporary Issues in Youth Development Work
Youth Development Work: Personal and Professional Development
Social Work Practicum II
Group Dynamics in Social Work and Counselling
Working with Communities
Fundamental Principles and Practice of Social Work II
Case Management
Level 2 Electives 
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Mental and Physical Health
Youth Governance and Participation
Lifespan Diversity within the Caribbean
Gender in the Caribbean Social, Political & Economic Relations
Level 3 
Social Work Practicum IV
Youth Development Work: Networks, Partnerships and Resourses
Youth Advocacy: Principles and Tools
Social Work, Laws and Policies within the Caribbean Context
Human Growth and Development: Adulthood to Very Old Age
Social Work Practicum III
Mediation and Dispute Resolution
Level 3 Electives 
Caribbean Social Problems
Caribbean Social Structure
Community and Environmental Psychology
Development, Organization and Management in the Social Services