Social Work

Course summary

The Bachelor degree programme at Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH prepares students for employment in all the professional fields of social work and is characterised by its practical relevance: knowledge, abilities and attitudes (competencies) are developed and advanced not only at university but also through work in practice-oriented organisations.


At Bern University of Applied Sciences, we focus on the development of personal and social competence, as strong personalities are in demand in social work. 


The benefits of taking a degree programme at BFH:

  • A diversified study course thanks to the use of differing didactic approaches in the modules
  • Supervised internships with a duration of 5 - 6 months in practice-oriented organisations 
  • Supervised development of personal and social competence
  • Foreign-language modules and international study trips
  • Opportunity to gain experience abroad
  • Flexible degree programme planning and a high degree of planning reliability for full-time and part-time students


Title / QualificationBachelor of Science in Social Work
Program study optionsFull or part-time/in conjunction with a job
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Professional qualificationyes
Course beginsWeek 7 and week 37
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Bachelor program
Subsequent master programMaster of Science in Social Work
Special featuresThe offer is certified according to Model F (compatibility of course of study with professional activity and assistance duties) –


Social work deals with social problems such as poverty, violence and immigration. It focuses on people whose quality of life is impaired or at risk. The central task of social work is to enable as many people as possible to engage and share in societal life. Graduates of the Bachelor degree programme are able to work as professionals in various areas of social work:

  • Social welfare
  • Social counselling
  • Social work at the workplace
  • Social and specialised education supervision in care facilities and workshops
  • Youth welfare
  • School social work
  • Child and adult welfare

Detailed information

BSc Social Work

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Head of degree programme

Petra Benz Bartoletta 

T + 41 31 848 36 10