A candidate who has completed the second year of the Bachelor of Arts and the first year of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with sufficient merit may be accepted by the Faculty of Arts (hereinafter called the Faculty) as a candidate for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours.
2 Acceptance for honours candidature shall be based on a weighted average mark computed from the candidate's results in the core academic social work units in the second year of the Bachelor of Arts degree and the first year of the Bachelor of Social Work (Note 1) and provided that the dean of the Faculty shall have discretion to estimate an appropriate average mark in cases where a situation arises which is not specifically covered by these specifications (Note 2).
3 A candidate for the honours degree shall complete the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Social Work plus any additional work which may be prescribed by the Faculty. This will include, as part of fieldwork in the second semester of second year, an Honours Project comprising a thesis.
4 An honours course of study shall normally be completed in one year from the time the candidate enrols for the course
[i] the Faculty on the recommendation of the School of Sociology and Social Work may permit a candidate to study the course on a part-time basis over a period not exceeding two consecutive years;
[ii] the Faculty may allow a candidate whose work has been interrupted by illness or other unavoidable cause to complete the course over a period exceeding one year or, in the case of a part-time candidate referred to in [i] above, over a period exceeding two years;
[iii] the head of the School of Sociology and Social Work may recommend that a candidate be granted an extension of time to submit the thesis. Any cases so approved shall be reported to the next meeting of the Faculty.
5 The classes of honours shall be first class, second class and third class. There shall be an upper and lower division in the second class. Assessment of the class of honours shall be based principally on weighted average marks computed from the candidate's results as described in Note 3.
6 Except by special permission of Faculty there shall be no re-examination for honours.
7 The approved abbreviation for the degree of Bachelor of Social Work with Honours shall be BSW (Hons). Note 1: The current average mark for honours eligibility is 4.00 considering all units undertaken in years 2 and 3 and based on the following scale: HD = 5; DN = 4; CR = 3; PP = 2; TP = 1; NN = 0. Note 2: The dean will receive recommendations on individual cases that do not meet these specifications, from the Head of the School of Sociology and Social Work, for report to Faculty. Note 3: The Honours result normally will be assessed on the basis of the grade point average for fourth year units and the Honours Units according to the following:-- 1st Class: Dissertation at Higher Distinction and a minimum Grade Point Average of Distinction or 4.00 in second year graded academic units;-- 2nd Class Upper Division: Dissertation at Distinction and a minimum Grade Point Average of Distinction or 4.00 in second year graded academic units;-- 2nd Class Lower division: Dissertation at Credit and a minimum Grade Point Average of Credit or 3.00 in second year graded academic units;-- 3rd Class: Dissertation at Pass and a minimum Grade Point Average of Pass or 2.0 in second year graded academic units. A candidate who does not meet the Honours requirements shall be eligible to graduate with the BSW, providing that the minimum requirements for a pass degree including fieldwork have been met.