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BS in Social Work in the Philippines

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work program provides students with knowledge and skills in social work practice, social welfare policies, human welfare and basic competencies such as problem solving skills, analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to become successful professionals.

Admission requirements for BS in Social Work program in the Philippines


  • Must have recommendation from high school principal and guidance counsellor
  • Must have the Original copy of high school card (Form 138A)
  • Must have most recent medical and dental health record
  • Must take and pass the College Entrance Examination
  • Must have a copy of NSO certified birth certificate
  • Must have a certificate of good moral character
  • Must have a copy of high school diploma
  • One 2”x 2” copy of latest photo

Duration of BS in Social Work program in the Philippines


The BS in Social Work program takes 4 years to complete.

Students are required to complete 1000 hours of field experience and internship during the third and fourth year in community, government and private institutions.

Subjects included in the BS in Social Work program


  • Advance Composition and the Research Paper
  • Principles of Economics & Land Reform
  • Social Work Perspectives & Realities
  • Survey/Read Filipino Literature
  • Basic Speech Communication
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Health Care & Social Work
  • Self and Social Awareness
  • Grammar & Composition
  • Admission & Supervision
  • Old Testament Message
  • Seminar in SW Practice
  • Social deviance & SW
  • Understanding Arts
  • General Psychology
  • Filipino Personality
  • The Filipino Family
  • General Sociology
  • Asian Civilization
  • College Algebra
  • Christian Ethics
  • Child Welfare
  • Counselling
  • Retorika

Licensure examination required in order to practice as Registered Social Workers in the Philippines


A graduate of BS in Social Work needs to pass the Board Examination for Social Workers in order to practice as a registered social worker in the Philippines. The examination is given by the Board of Social Workers under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

Requirements for the Licensure Examination for Social Workers


  • Must be a holder of a degree in BS in Social Work with academic credits on required subjects from a university recognized by the Philippine government.
  • Must have a copy of the Transcript of Records with Special order and date of graduation with remarks “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY”
  • Must not have any case filed or pending for moral turpitude in any court in the Philippines that involves moral turpitude
  • Must have completed a minimum period of one thousand case hours of practical training in an established social work agency under the direct supervision of a fully trained and qualified social worker.
  • Must have an original copy of community tax certificate (cedula)
  • Must have a copy of the NSO authenticated birth certificate
  • Must be of good health and sound mind
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must be at least 21 years of Age
  • Must be a Filipino Citizen

National Passing Rates of the Board Examination for Social Workers in the Philippines


  • 2010 – 58% (770 out of 1,321 examinees)
  • 2009 – 53% (691 out of 1,280 examinees)
  • 2008 – 53% (616 out of 1,154 examinees)
  • 2007 – 47% (504 out of 1053 examinees)
  • 2006 – 52% (580 out of 1,107 examinees)

Career opportunities for graduates of BS in Social Work program in the Philippines


  • Social Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Community Adviser
  • Staff in Government Institutions
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Agency field Instructor
  • Medical Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Counsellor

Reviews of BS in Social Work graduates:

Zessa Chin Delos Santos
Studied BS Social Work
at Mindanao State University , Marawi City
Graduated: 2013

Why did I choose this course:
Because it was recommended to me by my brother.

About my college education:
Social Work may sound uninteresting and boring to a lot of students. But I have learned a lot of things. Not only with academics but also with life. You have to be patient and understanding to be successful in this course.

My current job:
I am currently reviewing for the Board Exam

Do I recommend studying BS Social Work:
Yes. I would recommend Social work. But only to the people that I know will understand the real essence of Social Work. Not just because of the Salary.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Do not just study and memorize your lessons. Try to understand all the theories and put everything in to action or put yourself in every situation.
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