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Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) - Course Overview

Duration: 3.0 yrs | Mode: Regular / Distance / Part-time| Avg. Fees: 10,000 / Year


About Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W) is a three-year undergraduate degree that offers knowledge and skills to aspirants to prepare them for a professional career in social welfare. The course is divided into six semesters into most of the universities and colleges.

BSW enables students to apply their knowledge and consciously applying these practices in the real world to help masses suffering from poverty, violence, mental illness, homelessness, and diseases like AIDS and cancer. BSW is available both full time and part time (distance education program and correspondence).

The course is ideal for people who wish to bring the change in the society by offering help to the marginalized and unprivileged. BSW help aspirants to develop the required skill sets for solving various economic and social issues.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Eligibility Criteria

  • Minimum Qualification Required: 10+2 or equivalent examination
  • Minimum Marks Required: 50% to 60%
  • Age Requirement: The minimum age requirement for Bachelor of Social Work is 17 years

B.S.W. Admission Process:

  • Admission to the BSW program is on the basis of merit/cut off lists issued by respective colleges and institutes.
  • Some colleges also have direct admissions as their selection criteria.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Syllabus

First Year:

Introduction to Social Work

Introduction to Family Education

Introduction to HIV/AIDS

Social Work Intervention with Communities

Substance Abuse


Social Work Intervention with Institutions

Humanities & Social Science

Methodology to Understand Social Reality


Second Year:

Basics & Emergence of Social Work

Science & Technology

Basic Concepts of Social Psychology

Psychology Concepts of Human Behaviour

Relevance of Psychology in Social Work

Introduction to Social Case Work

Field Work

Social Problems & Services

Contemporary Social Problems & Social Defense


Third Year:

Current Issues in Community & Organization

Approaches in Social Work

Empowerment of Women

Sexual Health Education

Factual Information of Substance Abuse, Relevance & Implications

Cognitive & Psychoanalytical Techniques

Role of NGOs

Developing Skills & Competencies for Intervention of Strategies

Cultural & Social Values in Family Life

Career Options and Job Prospects

Graduates with a degree in social work have numerous employment opportunities in sectors such as community development, education, industry, consulting, family, rehabilitation centres, correction centres, health care, women, children, disability, social defense, poverty groups etc. There is a great demand for BSW professionals as India is still a developing country and half of the counties population is below the poverty line.

Listed below are suitable job roles for BSW graduates:

  • Social Worker
  • Labour Welfare Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Counsellor/ Teacher
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Habilitation Specialist
  • Special Educator
  • Group Home Work

The entry-level salary of a graduate is between Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 3 lakh. Social workers during their career are responsible for managing multiple tasks and goals. The counsel the clients approaching the organisation and following up the cases. Along with working on current social issues and to lead the fundraising activities among others.