Does DUT offer social worker?

Approvals have already been received from DUT, the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP), the DoHET and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Provided that the final approvals from the Council for Higher Education (CHE) are received before the end of the year, the 2015 first-year students will register for the new programme.

What about students who are currently studying the National Diploma at DUT?
2014 is the final year in which full-time first year subjects will be offered. 2015 will be the final year in which full-time second year subjects will be offered. 2016 will be the final year in which full-time third year subjects will be offered.

What will happen if a current National Diploma student fails a subject and/or has to repeat a year?
During the year following the full-time offering of each subject, there will be a final opportunity to register and pass each subject. This will be undertaken through web-based learning, tutorials and independent study. There will be no formal lectures. The final year to complete the National Diploma will be 2018 (allowing the 2014 intake of students five years to complete their qualification as per DUT rules).

Will the BTech programme still be available?
Yes. It is likely that the BTech will continue to be offered until 2020.

Will the new Bachelors degree be different to the National Diploma plus BTech?
Yes. They are completely different in terms of legislated entrance requirements, level of complexity and credits. The new degree is a higher qualification than the current BTech.

What if a current National Diploma or BTech student wants to transfer to the new degree?
At this stage, this is not possible due to the differences in modules and levels. Current students are advised to complete their National Diploma and apply for BTech if they wish.

Will the current qualifications still be recognised in the future?
Yes. Just because a qualification isn’t offered any more does not make it invalid.

With the pending finalisation of regulations for the registration of CYCWs, will current qualifications be recognised by the Professional Board for Child and Youth Care (PBCYC) and the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)?
The regulations provide for means by which people with the National Diploma and BTech qualifications can register with the PBCYC/SACSSP. It is likely that there will be additional requirements related to providing evidence of knowledge and experience in child and youth care work.