This Associate in Applied Science degree in Social Work develops social work competencies which enables students to work immediately as paraprofessionals in the field. It also provides them with a solid foundation to pursue baccalaureate studies, if they so desire.  Graduates would have gained exposure to various service areas such as individual and group work, youth work, direct practice, community practice, and family and child issues.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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    2 Years (FT)
    3 Years (PT)


    City / South




    SOWK 116 Introduction to Social Work 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    SOWK 122 Case Work Practice for Social Work 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    SOWK 124 Social Work with Children and Family 3 ECON 110 Introduction to General Economics 3
    SOWK 218 Group Work Practice for Social Work 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
    SOWK 236 Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    SOWK 245 Practicum I: Human Skills Lab 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in Major 18 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    GUIDED ELECTIVE IN MAJOR Total Core Curriculum Courses 21
    One 3-credit elective courses in major 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    Total Elective Courses in the Major 3 BIOL 109 Introduction to Human Biology 3
    ELECTIVE COURSES PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity 3
    Any one 3 credit course from the College  3 PSYC 122 Foundations of Psychology 3
    Total Elective Credits 3 PSYC 212 Life Span Development 3
    SOCI 250 Exploring Caribbean Social Problems 3
    Total Support Course Credits 15

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To successfully complete the Associate in Applied Science degree in Social Work, students must complete 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 18 credits
    One elective courses in major area of study 3 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 21 credits
    Core curriculum courses 21 credits
    Support courses

    Free elective courses

    15 credits

    3 credits

    Total Credits Required for Graduation 60 credits

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