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Diploma in Social Work

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This new Diploma in Social Work programme from the UWI, Open Campus builds on a 50-year legacy of the University offering top-level and innovative training to social work practitioners across the Caribbean region.  This brand-new online option is designed to allow participants to foster and demonstrate understanding of core theories and practices in social work through new ways of thinking and learning.

The programme reflects fundamental themes necessary for region-building and development, including: advocacy for human rights and social justice for the advancement of communities, groups or individuals in order to release human potential for self-empowerment.

Students who complete the Diploma in Social Work with the Open Campus may be given credits for previous studies undertaken; in order to pursue the BSc in Social Work.

Note that the entry requirements for the Certificate, Diploma and BSc. Social Work are the same.


Who is this programme for?

  • Mature learners already working in the field(s) and interested in pursuing a tertiary education in social work.
  • Individuals with a certificate in social work.
  • Individuals with degrees in another discipline seeking a career change to social work.


Programme Structure

 All courses in the programme will be offered online or blended. In the context of the UWI Open Campus, a fully online programme includes the following:

  • Most materials provided by the Open Campus for the study of the course are made available online through the Open Campus’ learning management system, The Learning Exchange;
  • Most teaching-learning activities (with the exception of fieldwork in the practicum) are conducted in The Learning Exchange;
  • Most assessment-related activities are conducted in The Learning Exchange;
  • In instances where students are required to engage in course-related activity off-line in the real-world environment, all output from such activity, in whatever format, must be submitted through The Learning Exchange.

Studying online is intended to facilitate active, interactive learning.  Thus, students registered for courses will be organised into groups. Each group will have a facilitator (tutor) and the delivery of the entire course will be managed by the course coordinator.  Both the course coordinator and the group facilitator will be specialists in the field of study. The teaching and learning process online will be monitored, in order to ensure that it is being conducted in a manner that allows for meaningful learning on the part of the students. Learners and academic staff must have access to a computer with reliable Internet access. Online orientation to the technology as well as the underlying philosophy of the programme will be conducted before the start of the programme.


When will the programme start?

Students may start this programme in August of the Academic Year.


Entry Requirements

The programme is intended to cater to a wide range of people who work with young children and their families in a variety of settings across the region. In this regard, the programme is targeted at both experienced professionals and beginners to childhood and family studies. 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) As 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:

·         Either five subjects (at least two GCE A Level or CAPE) and the remainder acceptable passes in CXC-CSEC or GCE O’ Level; OR

·         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.

(c) Entrants with a Certificate from UWI or another approved Caribbean tertiary level institution, having attained a B+ average or a minimum GPA of 2.5.

(d) Persons over the age of 21, who have been out of school for at least five years, on the basis, of their overall academic and professional attainments.  


English Language Proficiency Examination

The English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is used to assess whether persons applying to pursue undergraduate degree programmes at the UWI Open Campus possess a atisfactory level of writing and reading proficiency in English for university academic purposes. For detailed information on the ELPT, see English Language Proficiency Test.


Academic Preparation

Introduction to the Learning Exchange

Programme Delivery Department (PDD) Orientation

IYMS1001 Improving your Math Skills (if applicable)

ECON0001 Remedial Mathematics (if applicable)

Course of Study
Level 1 
Fundamental Principles and Practices of Social Work I
Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Science
Ethics for the Human Services
Introduction to Psychology: Social, Developmental and Abnormal
Social Work Practicum I
Introduction to Social Work
Caribbean Civilisation
Introduction to Sociology
English for Academic Purposes
Foundations for Learning Success
Level 2 
Social Work Practicum II
Fundamental Principles and Practice of Social Work II
Family Context
Case Management
Lifespan Diversity within the Caribbean