BSW Social Work



The Bachelor of Social Work degree prepares graduates to function as professional social workers in the education, social services and national security sectors.  Students acquire critical social work competencies in individual and group work, direct practice, and addressing family and child issues.


An Associate Degree in Social Work with a GPA of 2.50

To be admitted to this programme, short-listed applicants must be successful at an admissions interview.

Visit our How to Apply page to see a list of required supporting documents which must be submitted along with your application.



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    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 ENTP 210 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship 3
    SOWK 236 Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work 3 RELI 205 Comparative Religion 3
    SOWK 245 Practicum I: Human Skills Lab 3 HIST 210 History of Trinidad and Tobago 3
    SOWK 248 Counselling Skills for Social Workers 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
    SOWK 319 Community Practice for Social Work 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    SOWK 321 Social Work Theories and Applications 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    SOWK 323 Social Work Management and Administration 3 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
    SOWK 326 Social Research Methods 3  Total Core Curriculum Courses 30
    SOWK 255 Practicum II 4 SUPPORT COURSES
    SOWK 355 Practicum lll 4 ANTH 250 Caribbean Anthropology 3
    SOWK 426 Advocacy 3 LAWW 305 Law for Social Workers 3
    SOWK 455 Practicum IV 4 PSYC 122 Foundations of Psychology 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 51 PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity 3
    ELECTIVE COURSES PSYC 212 Life Span Development 3
    SOBE 135 Understanding Communication, Culture and Conflict PSYC 360 Theories of Individual Differences 3
    SOBE 207 Basic Counselling Skills BIOL 109 Introduction to Human Biology 3
    SOBE 218 Contemporary Family Issues SOBE 384 Human Behaviour in the Social Environment 3
    SOBE 247 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3 SOCI 250 Exploring Caribbean Social Problems 3
    SOBE 322 Intervention for Non-Chemical Dependency 3 Total Support Course Credits  24
    SOBE 326 Prevention and Intervention for Addictive Behaviours 3 FREE ELECTIVE COURSES
    SOBE 328 Theories of Addiction and Treatment 3 Any three (3) courses offered by the College 3
    SOBE 428 Pharmacology and Substance Abuse 3 Total Elective Credits  3
    SOBE 438 Interventions and Treatment for Special Populations 3
    SOCI 215 Introduction to Gender Studies 3
    SOCI 278 Aging and the Family 3
    CORR 210 Probation and Parole 3
    CORR 340 Community Correction 3
    CRIM 125 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    CRIM 200 Victimology 3
    SOWK 234 Social Welfare in the Caribbean 3
    SOWK 318 Residential Social Work 3
    SOWK 324 Social Work Intervention with Substance Abusers 3
    SOWK 357 Social Work Intervention with the Elderly 3
    Four (4) of any of the above guided elective courses 12    
    Total Guided Elective Credits 12    

    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 Bachelor of Social Work, students must complete 120 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 51 credits
    Four elective courses in major area of study 12 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 63 credits
    Core curriculum courses 30 credits
    Support courses

    Free elective courses

    24 credits

    3 credits

    Total Credits Required for Graduation 120 credits

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