Undergraduate Programmes: Social Work


Learn how the principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.

Course Content

You will discover:

  • How the social work profession promotes social change; problem solving in human relationships; enhances well-being;and empowers people, communities and organizations.
  • That social work intervenes where people interact with their environment, and uses different theories, approaches and strategies at various systems levels.
  • Professional growth through self-reflection and a guided practicum experience which is supported by a team of committed, dynamic and skilled practitioners.
  • How to deliver service to the most vulnerable across various cultures, settings and humans service organizations.


You will do courses in:
  • Social Work Theory and Practice
  • Psychology
  • Human Behaviour
  • Caribbean Social Problems, Planning and Policy
  • Methods in Sociological Research

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Career Opportunities

If you want to be:

  •  A catalyst for change;
  •  Be engaged in problem solving in human relationships;
  •  Involved in advocacy, lobbying, networking and coalition building to support change processes;
  •  Become a child protection specialist, or children’s advocate; a family worker, or community organizer;a probation worker; social work researcher or educator; family mediator; advisor in social policy and human service development; ’green’ social worker; social safety net planner;
  • Advance your career in Human Service Organizations; or
  • Continue on to postgraduate studies

Then this is the preferred study area we recommend for you!

Research and Faculty

Our Faculty does research in various areas of Social Work. We focus on policy, administration, therapeutic interventions; supporting legislative and social services institutional reforms; domestic violence, child rights, child protection, disability and HIV/AIDS, juvenile justice.

Facilities and Resources

1) Enhance your learning at our campus by fully utilising the:
  • Laboratory experiences
  • 416 hours of Field practicum   (The Form)
  • Opportunities to network with experienced practitioners.
  • Video Library in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
  • Opportunity to do a study Abroad Exchange.

Duration of Programme

Part Time – 5 years
Full Time – 3 years

Tuition and Finances

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available.
Click here for available scholarships.

Why Study in Barbados

Come for a semester on Study Abroad or do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  Enjoy the beach, experience the culture and excel in your studies.
We welcome local, international and regional students.

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements and to Apply Now ».


What to Know Before Applying

Applicants are interviewed and considered on a competitive basis. We take into consideration:

  • Academic performance
  • Demonstrated commitment to Social Service work
  • Previous experience
  • References submitted

Contact Details

If you have questions about our Social Work Programme, please email Mrs. Therese James: therese.james@cavehill.uwi.edu or call 246-417-4292


Department of Government Sociology, Social Work & Psychology
Telephone: (246) 417-4288/4293/4996 Fax: (246) 422-4425 E-mail: gss@cavehill.uwi.edu