Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences



Full Time & Part Time


Learners meeting the requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences Degree will be positioned to assume entry-level responsibilities within a chosen area of service provision specialisation enabling a valuable contribution to society, by means of the provision of community services through the integrated use and application of Social Science based theory and practice.

Furthermore, individuals who successfully complete the qualification will be positioned to further their learning in other aspects of the broader Social Sciences discipline areas from a vantage point of a solid foundational understanding of the structures, operations, and legislative framework specific of the broader social and community support services environment.

The qualification thus aims to provide individuals working in or interested in working in the field of Community Service with the knowledge, skills and competencies, expected of individuals functioning in areas where applied Social Science skills and competencies with related skills sets will support employment.

The programme duration is 3

Students can pursue a career in the following fields:

  • Social welfare services support work
  • Social auxiliary work
  • Children and youth care work
  • Care giver services
  • Community service work by means of involvement in NGO structures
  • Community based project work supporting the provision of services to the elderly, terminally ill and the frail
  • Community development and related project work
  • Social services administration, for example in organisations such as SASSA

On successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a Bachelor of Applied Social Sciences Degree.

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree endorsement, or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with Degree endorsement, or
  • Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), with Degree endorsement, or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC), with University Exemption or Degree endorsement, or
  • Foreign School leaving Certificate that complies with minimum admission requirements for Degree study as gazetted by the Matriculation Board (The Matriculation Board will do equivalency evaluation)

Contact Programmes:

*Please note that during COVID-19 and the regulations put in place by the National Disaster Management Act No.57 of 2002 amended from time to time and recommendations by the National Command Council which are implemented at all campuses, students will be required to follow all directives of the institute. Whilst every precaution is taken, the institute will not be responsible in respect of any liability arising out of any student becoming ill or suffering injury or death at any of the institute’s campuses. Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place and will need to be abided by all students. Students will be supported through a blended learning approach and you will require basic digital literacy skills (and computer skills as needed) and access to a device and data. Students registered for contact programmes may attend optional campus-based sessions which will be a limited number of students. Priority consideration will be given to at-risk of failing students.

Distance Programmes:

*Please note that for the distance mode of delivery, you will require your own data and device to access study content. Students can access Damelin assessment centres at various campuses to write exams or tests, where and when required and whist on the campuses of Damelin, strict COVID-19 protocols will be implemented at all campuses and all students will be obligated to follow such protocols including those regulations as per the National Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002.

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