Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.

Social workers provide appropriate advice, support and resources to individuals who are experiencing personal difficulties to help them overcome their problems. Social workers work with specific groups of clients including children, the elderly and people with mental health problems.

Social workers work as counsellors, occupational therapists, social policy and planning, community developers, human rights advocates, social justice workers, psychologists, psychotherapists and education officers.

Subject Combination

English,  Mathematics, Economics/ Geography and any other subject


Social workers are typically employed by health centres, hospitals, schools, charities, private nursing homes and government agencies.


  • Strong analytical skills,
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork and communication skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Computer skills
  • Project management skills
  • Organization skills and management skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Leadership skills

Read: The overview – Social Science