WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$248 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
Start Date:September 2020
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Social Work is an interdisciplinary field that draws on principles of human development, social theory and social systems to analyse complex situations and to facilitate individual, organisational, social and cultural changes. Essentially, it seeks to improve upon the quality of life by helping individuals solve or cope with challenges in their daily lives and by diagnosing and treating mental, behavioral and emotional issues.

Due to the complexity of society and ever changing social and economic conditions, Social Work has a wide scope and applies concepts and principles from other disciplines including sociology, education, economics, medicine, philosophy, anthropology and psychology. Approaches and methods used in Social Work vary but Social Workers tend to examine issues within specified contexts upon which they employ research, direct practice, advocacy, policy, teaching and/ or mobilization to address identified challenges.

Despite the variation of issues treated in Social Work, principal research areas include Human Rights, Social Justice, Social Policy, Public Administration and Human Development. These areas often provide a broader logical framework for Social Workers to advocate or facilitate change on issues, needs and policies that affect individuals, families and organisations.

In spite of the record scientific and technological achievements of the 21st century, there are equally record social challenges – poverty, crime, hunger, armed conflicts, unemployment and family breakdown among a host of social ills. While academics and practitioners debate the causes, many social challenges revolve around social inequality and injustice. As there is no convincing evidence that social equality has been achieved or is being achieved; Social Work is crucial to addressing the welfare of diverse populations affected by injustice, poverty, deprivation or rights violations.

On the whole, there is a high demand for social workers in schools, healthcare, gerontological, hospice and palliative care but demand in childcare, family and mental health is expected to be higher in the foreseeable future. This is because of the increasing spate of child abuse and spousal violence cases in addition to the high demand for treatment of mental illness and substance addiction.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Demonstrate a sound base of knowledge of the theoretical concepts and principles of Social Work and their related applications across and within individuals, families, communities and organisations.
• Demonstrate a familiarity with the historical perspectives of Social Work within the context of a discipline and a profession, its ethics, practices and standards.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of social systems and bio-psychosocial factors on individuals, families and organisations and their implications for social and economic change.
• Be able to integrate both theoretical and empirical evidence to investigate a phenomenon, (such as social injustice, child abuse) and craft strategies (such as advocacy, social change) to advance social justice.
• Be able to work with a diversity of populations without regard to ethnicity, disability, gender, age, socio-economic status and religious beliefs.

This programme also run through the Distance Education mode. The delivery is a combination of E-learning and face to face interactive sessions (blended/hybrid teaching approach). Students are provided with E-learning resources/materials for the programme.
Tutorials are held at weekends, and students interact online with their lecturers, tutors and other students using the Learning Management system (SAKAI).

• A flexible course delivery to fit your busy schedule.
• User friendly written course materials.
• Choice of Centre
• Equal access to higher education.

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Entry requirements:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies

Electives: Credit passes in any three elective subjects

Applicants must have the following WASSCE subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Elective Mathematics
Computer Science – Elective Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Credit passes in any Three (3) Elective subjects.

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Further Mathematics
Computer Science – Further Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

American High School:
American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:
GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ Levels

Entry requirements:

Passes in any Three (3) ‘A’ Level subjects

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
Computer Science – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
French – ‘A’ Level French
English – ‘A’ Level English Literature
Geography – ‘A’ Level Geography

International Baccalaureate:
Bachelor of Arts
Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects.
Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – Mathematics
Computer Science – Mathematics
French – French
English – English Literature
Geography – Geography

In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).

For Distance Education

Applicants must possess at least credits (A1- C6 in WASSCE and A-D in SSSCE) in English, Core Mathematics and Integrated Science (for Science applicants) or Social Studies (for non-science applications) and three elective subjects in General Arts/ Business/Science. In addition, applicants should also have at least a grade C6 in WASSCE/D in SSSCE in Integrated Science/Core Science.

You must possess an FGPA OF 3.25 or better from University of Ghana and passes in five subjects including English Language at the GCE ‘O’ level or credit in all the core subjects and two electives at the WASSCE/SSCE level or credit in all the core subjects and two electives at the WASSCE/ SSCE level. Diploma holders from institutions affiliated to university of Ghana may also apply. The Diploma course should be offered at the degree level .All post Diploma students are admitted at level 200.The degree course should be in the same area of the Diploma.

HND holders from recognised polytechnics/technical universities with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) of 4.00 or better in programmes that will be advertised, are eligible to apply to the SAME area of study, and where required, supported with one other subject in a related field, for admission. In addition, such applicants MUST have WASSSCE/SSSCE passes in three (3) core subjects and (2) electives in the appropriate subjects or credit passes in five subjects including English Language, Science and Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ level as well as passes in two subjects at the GCE ‘A’ level. Applicants may be asked to write an entrance examination and or attend an interview as part of the admission process. All HND holders will be admitted to Level 200 in the same area subject as their HND qualification.

These include International Baccalaureate (IB), IGCSE, GCSE, the America Grade12 and 13 examinations and other external qualifications, which have equivalences to SSCE/ WASSCE and the GCE.

Mature persons who do not satisfy the approved requirements may apply for admission. Applicants must be at least 25 years at the time of application, attend and complete the University of Ghana Access Course and pass the Mature Students’ Entrance Examination conducted by the University.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

UG’s BA Social Work programme provides a strong social science background for professional generalist social work across community based, public and private sector organisations. With specialist postgraduate training, students may find employment in healthcare, social/ child welfare, juvenile justice, nursing homes, mental health, family support centres, police service, military bases, universities and private practices.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $248
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,524


Mavis Dako-Gyeke
Associate Professor / Head of Department

Abena Oforiwaa Ampomah

Abigail Adubea Mills

Alice Boateng
Senior Lecturer

Augustina Naami

Doris Akyere Boateng

Efua Esaaba Mantey

Emma Seyram Hamenoo

Festus Yaw Moasun
Assistant Lecturer / On study leave

Florence Akosua Agyemang

Kingsley Saa-Touh Mort

Kodom Richard Baffo
Assistant Lecturer

Kwabena Frimpong-Manso
Senior Lecturer

Sulemana Alhassan
Assistant Lecturer

Relevant Contact

Mavis Dako-Gyeke
Head of Department
Department of Social Work Office
Responsible for undergraduate admission inquiries