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Diploma in Social Work

Offered by: Methodist College Kuala Lumpur
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Course Duration3 years & 3 months
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time: Classes on Friday Evenings & Saturdays
FacultyTertiary Programme
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudySocial Services
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Course Description

The Diploma in Social Work programme is the first of its kind in the private education institution in Malaysia. It is a competency-based educational programme which has been designed in reference to the National Competency Standards for Social Work Practice (2010) where standard areas have been identified at a specific level for diploma students.

This programme was developed to meet the needs of two main categories of students:

(i) Working adults who are already involved as frontline workers in social welfare and human services but do not possess any recognised social work education or training qualifications,

(ii) School leavers who are interested to begin social work studies at diploma level.

The programme and mode of study is approved by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). It comprises a total of 90 credit hours which includes 8 credit hours of compulsory practicum attachment at social work related agencies. With the diploma qualification, graduates will gain recognition as trained social workers and full membership with the Malaysian Association of Social Workers (MASW). The Diploma in Social Work programme will contribute towards an expansion of professionally-trained human resource in social work practice which is critically needed to manage the increasing numbers of people experiencing psychosocial problems, crises and pressures in daily living. It will also provide a pathway to an undergraduate degree in social work or related fields if the student wishes to pursue a higher level of qualification.


Human Behaviour and Social Environment (HBSE)

Introduction to Psychology for Social Workers

Introduction to Sociology for Social Workers

Social Welfare Policies, Programmes and Services (SWPP)

Introduction to Professional Social Work

Social Problems and Social Needs in Malaysia

Organisational Context of Social Work Practice

Public Policy and the Law and Social Work Practice

Social Work Methods

Social Work Methods I - Casework

Social Work Methods II – Groupwork

Social Work Methods III – Community Work

Publicly Accountable Practice

Interpersonal and Counselling Skills in Social Work Practice

Creative Expressions Through Art and Drama 

Preparation for Field Placement I

Integrated Field Placement Learning I

Transferring Field Placement Learning I

Preparation for Field Placement II

Integrated Field Placement Learning II

Transferring Field Placement Learning II

Preparing for Graduate Practice

Field of Practice I – Child and Family Welfare

Field of Practice II – Health and Mental Health

Field of Practice III – Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Working with Domestic Violence Concerns

Working with People with a Disability

Elective Subjects

Working with the Aging and Elderly

Working with Minority Populations

Social Work Field Practice 

Field Placement I

Field Placement II

MPU Subjects

Pengajian Malaysia 2 or BM Komunikasi 1

Character Formation

Moral Studies 

Service Learning

Entry Requirements

Minimum 3 credits overall in SPM, IGCSE, or equivalent, including Bahasa Melayu OR

APEL Admission

Intake Months


Career Prospects

Diploma in Social Work graduates have a higher likelihood of being employed in government or non-government organisations offering social work related services in the areas of social welfare, social care, social rehabilitation, residential or custodial care, health and mental health, child and family welfare, working with minority populations (i.e. indigenous, migrant, refugee) and in social advocacy and community development programmes.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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