BSc. Social Work

This programme is a joint offering by Portmore Community College and Jamaica Theological Seminary (JTS). A bachelor’s of social work degree provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a professional career as a social worker. The Bachelor Degree in Social Work programme generally offer students a broad foundation for generalist social work practice. Students enrolled in this undergraduate programme are trained to provide services to individuals, groups, families, and communities, with a focus on working with underserved or oppressed populations. A bachelor’s degree in social work prepares students for an entry-level position upon graduation and offers them their first opportunity to become licensed Social Workers.

The Bachelor Degree in Social Work programme aims to help people develop their skills and ability to use available resources and those of the community to resolve problems. The degree is designed to provide training to persons interested in Social Work to prepare them for work within communities and organizations in order to provide the necessary support needed by Social Workers. The course addresses theories, principles, and practices of social work, law, and legal regulations as well as human needs and behaviors.
Graduates can work in roles such as:

  • Social Agencies
  • Justice System
  • Education, Aid Organizations
  • Health Sector
  • Counselling Agencies
  • Youth Ministries & Agencies
  • Community Development

Additional Programme Information


Applicant must possess an Associate degree issued by the CCCJ. It should be noted that the qualifying degree must be in an area relevant to the intended programme of study. Applicants who fail to meet this criterion will be required to complete the necessary bridging courses at the Associate degree level prior to being afforded acceptance.

The Bachelor in Science Degree in Social Work is currently offered full-time across four (4) semesters and part-time (evenings) across six (6) semesters. The programme comprises the following courses: General Education Courses Conflict and Communication in Organization Fundamentals of Statistics Abnormal Psychology Principles of Leadership & Administration Grief Management Support Courses Seminar in Environmental Studies Introduction to Sociology Social Planning & Evaluation Specialization Courses Introduction to Disability Studies Introduction to Social Work Introduction to Sociology Legal Framework for of the Helping Profession

Application forms may be collected from the College’s Admissions Office or downloaded from our website.
Additional information about the programme including information on the tuition structure for the programme can be obtained from our Admissions office : (876) 630-1772

Students may start the programme in September or January of the academic year.

The programme is currently delivered full-time, part-time (evenings) or weekends depending on demand.

To be awarded the Associate of Science Degree in Social Work, a student must have: Completed all credits in the programme Completed all courses in the programme Completed all required hours of Social Work Practicum

Main Campus

Box 233 Waterford P.O.
St. Catherine
Tel.: 630-1770 ext.538-40

Old Harbour Campus

41 East Street Old Harbour P.O.
St. Catherine
Tel.: 745-4702 ext.3226