Social Work
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Short Courses

​​​Organisations are invited to contact us for information regarding University-based, organisational-specific short courses with the aim to offer participants a selected, cutting-edge underpinning of theories, practical tools and techniques, based on contemporary international and local primary research and publications. See the Departmental research areas for a broad range of topics.


Specific outcomes may be requested by organisations.

Target participants

Participants may be:

  • Child and youth care workers
  • Community development workers
  • Auxiliary social workers
  • Social workers
  • Social work supervisors/managers
  • Other professionals in related fields 


Accreditation may be negotiated individually by organisations. Usually all short courses offered by Stellenbosch University are accredited by the University through its quality assurance systems and mechanisms as approved by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and therefore in compliance with SAQA regulations. Organisations or institutions whose employees attend short courses accredited and offered by Stellenbosch University can claim money from their Skills Levy Funds, if these short courses are incorporated into their skills plans and submitted to the SETAs. Short courses are also accredited by the SACSSP for CPD points.


Certificates may be negotiated individually by organisations. A Stellenbosch University certificate of attendance as well as a certificate awarding CPD points will be issued to participants on condition that they attend the full course.

Method of presentation

Presentations will be by means of lectures, group discussions, practical exercises, audio-visual material and self-study.

Presentation language

Courses will be presented in English, but  Afrikaans participants will be accommodated as far as possible.


Courses are usually conducted in the Arts and Social Sciences Building, c/o Merriman Avenue and Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch University. However, alternative on-site courses may be negotiated by organisations.

Duration of courses

The duration of courses may be negotiated by organisations.


The cost of courses may be negotiated by organisations.


Prof M Strydom


Tel: 021 8082076