WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$636 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Social Work
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Social Work is a term used to describe a variety of organized methods of helping people in some need which they cannot meet unaided. The focus is on the concern for the improvement of peoples’ material and spiritual welfare as well as the promotion of mental and emotional well-being.

The Diploma in Social Work is designed to equip students with knowledge, skills and attitudes to respond to social problems. The students will be familiar with the models of Social Work practice, their usefulness, their applications and their limitations. The students develop the ability to understand multiple and complex reasons for client situations, actions and problems.

The students will be able to practice skills, do assessment, understand differential planning, and then carry out of interventions, evaluate the practices and their outcome and ethically effect change.

Understanding of the theories underlying the practice of Social Work decisions allows viewing of social problems from different perspectives and shapes critical and analytical skills in understanding the social problems.

Social problems affect members of community and are deemed serious enough to disorganize the community. Historically, the nature of social problems has changed over time requiring and understanding and intervention for these problems. Social Work describes a variety of organized methods of helping people in some need which they cannot meet unaided.

The focus is on the concern for the improvement of peoples’ material and spiritual welfare as well as the promotion of mental and emotional well-being. Social Workers focus on people and the environmental interaction. The country requires human resources equipped with proper knowledge and skills to continue rendering this service since social problems and challenges are a continuing reality.


Duration, Structure and Mode of Delivery
The Diploma programme shall consist of lectures, discussions, class presentations, seminars, demonstrations, fieldwork, student-teacher consultations, supervised independent study, coursework, or any combination of these, as well as written final examinations.

The programme shall run for a maximum of eight (8) semesters. The minimum load in each semester shall be seven (7) course units. Students shall undergo continuous assessment in each taught course in each semester. Such assessment shall take the form of written tests, term paper, oral presentations, field assignment, or any combination.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
A candidate must satisfy the prescribed Chuka University requirements. In addition, the minimum qualifications for admission into the Diploma programme are: KCSE with a minimum aggregate of C (plain), or equivalent. KCSE with a Mean grade C-or equivalent plus a Certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution. ‘O’ level certificate with a minimum grade of Division III plus evidence of relevant academic or professional training. ‘A’ level qualification with a minimum of one (1) Principal Pass,or equivalent

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website:; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for Phd programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.

The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate

– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes

Career Opportunities

Expected Learning Outcomes
To carry out this purpose, graduates should be able to do the following:
– To help people obtain resources
– To work sensitively with different groups differentiated by age, ethnicity religion and socioeconomic status
– To apply acquired to respond to multiple causes of social problems and act as social change agents by influencing policy.

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $636
Tuition Fees for International Students: $795

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 70,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 87,500
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.

Relevant Contact

Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
General School Office
For General Enquiries