In the dual-digital bachelor's degree programme in social work, you study flexibly from home, theoretically at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and practically in the work areas of our practice and transfer partners. The research focus is the digitalisation of social work. In the study tracks "Social services of public and independent providers" or "Youth welfare-school-community", the practical work takes place two days a week.
Social Work | Dual-Digital (BA)
Experience, reflect, change – studying social work dual-digitally
The dual-digital bachelor's degree programme in social work is structured in the weekly model "3 days teaching and 2 days practice". Parallel to the basic studies, you will continuously gain experience in your practical placement two days a week and deepen your knowledge in one of the two study tracks "Youth Services-School-Community" or "Social Services of Public and Independent Organisations". You will receive a monthly financial allowance.
You will be accompanied in your professional development by fixed contact persons from the university and the practice centre. Teaching in this degree programme takes place both in presence and digitally. A central instrument is the development of a Mahara ePortfolio to accompany your studies. In addition, the programme promotes digital competences in the context of social work - in the course of studies and for practice on site.
Is this degree programme right for me?
As a student of the bachelor's degree programme social work | dual-digital, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience right from the start. This allows you to apply the theories you have learned immediately. Learning at different locations requires a high degree of self-organisation. Thanks to the blended learning study concept, the programme also offers you a great deal of flexibility for your individual course of study. You can find out more about this under study contents.
A central component of the degree programme is to promote digitalisation in the field of social work. This includes, for example, the introduction of online counselling, but also the digitalisation of administrative processes. If you are scientifically interested and research projects represent a professional perspective for you, then the dual-digital social work degree programme is the right choice.
You bring these qualities with you
- Interest in questions about the digitalisation of our society and openness towards digital technologies
- Supporting people in self-help
- strong communication and empathy skills
- Ability to endure tensions
- Balance between closeness and distance
- Ability to work in a team
- Self-organisation (study and practice)
- Interest in law/business administration/organisation
- Open-mindedness for academic/research learning and work
Projects at the social and educational sciences departmentMore projects
An explorative analysis of chat communication in eSports using the example of the Paris Major Blast 2023
laeneAs identifies educational barriers and develops innovative educational offers for refugees in two rural real labs in Bavaria and Brandenburg.
EDIT is a cooperative practice research program of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) and the University of Potsdam (UP). In EDIT, practice development and practice research on the development of dialogical interaction and participation in early childhood education are implemented.
The EU research project "CoAct" pursues an innovative approach to participatory citizen research. The focus is on the further development of a Citizen Social Science (CSS) and its research methods. CoAct is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program under the call "SwafS-15-2018-2019 - Exploring and supporting citizen science"
The colleagues at the student counselling service provide information to prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions about studying. For specific questions and concerns about the dual-digital bachelor's degree programme in social work, please contact the subject counsellig service. For subject-specific questions, the subject advisory service is the right place to go.
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The degree and the state recognition open up access to professional work in all fields of social work. If you study dual, you also have the opportunity throughout your studies to grow directly into a social organisation and shape your professional career. After the bachelor's degree, you can complete a four-semester master's degree, which gives you access to higher service or work in the academic and research field.
Possible areas of application
- Youth, social and health care facilities
- Providers of educational and training work
- Social counselling services
- In the field of social management
- Areas of resocialisation
- Science: teaching research projects, accompanying research
Course of studies
The standard period of study for the full-time degree programme social work | dual-digital is six semesters and concludes with a bachelor of arts degree.
The bachelor's programme consists of basic and in-depth modules as well as elective track modules. Through the "Integrated Professional Practice", a close interlocking of theory and practice is established in each semester. This includes continuous coaching at the University of Applied sciences Potsdam, mentoring in practice and the development of reflection skills and confidence in casuistry. The programme is completed with the writing of a bachelor's thesis.
|Semester 1 – 2||
Basic studies, practical phase "Hospitation", research-based learning in the workshop
|Semester 3 – 4||Basic and advanced studies, practical phase "assistance", practice-relevant research in the real laboratory|
|Semester 5 – 6||Basic and advanced studies, practical phase "transformation", individual action research project, bachelor thesis|
In the currently valid module handbooks and study and examination regulations of the social and educational sciences department you will find the module overview, a detailed description of the modules and study contents as well as the study plan for the degree programme social work | dual-digital.
In the social work dual-digital degree programme, we use the principle of blended learning to offer you the greatest possible flexibility during the highly practice-oriented studies. During the theory study days in presence or digitally, we work with different teaching formats so that the knowledge transfer fits the respective topic and the students' daily study routine is varied.
Coaching at the university of applied sciences
Mentoring in the practice centre
- Fundamentals and fields of work in social work
- Legal foundations (administrative, family, child and youth welfare law, social law)
- Conversation and counselling
- Basics of psychology, sociology, education, cultural, health and political science, gender studies
- Organisation and social management
- Social research
Coaching, casuistry and mentoring
- Individual orientation, development of confidence in action
- methodological reflection (case-, system- and self-related)
- qualified professionals
Study track "Social services provided by public and independent institutions"
Study Track "Youth Services-School-Community"
The team & the practice partners
Pilot phase social work dual-digital with 10 practice organisations
The practice-integrated dual-digital bachelor's degree programme in social work at the social and educational sciences department can look back on an exciting first year. At the start of the winter semester 2022/23, the two programme directors Prof. Dr. Karsten Krauskopf and Prof. Dr. Armin Schachameier and their team welcomed six new practice organisations to the joint training network in addition to the four existing practice/transfer partners.
If you would like to become a practice/transfer partner, you can read information about the framework conditions at the bottom of the page. Below you will find the list of our recognised practice organisations.
Our practice/transfer partners
Become a practice/transfer partner
You would like to become a practice/transfer partner for our dual-digital Bachelor's degree programme in social work? Organisations in the social economy as well as comparable institutions and facilities outside the social economy can be recognised as practice/transfer partners. Find out about our principles for recognition.
- Principles for recognition as a practice/transfer partner
- Application for recognition as a practice/transfer partner
The currently valid module handbook and the study and examination regulations for social work dual-digital can be found on the pages of the social and educational sciences department.
Application & Contact
At a glance
The most important deadlines, dates and admission requirements for the dual-digital bachelor's degree programme in social work are compiled here. You can find out which steps you need to take for a successful application in the next section.
Deadlines & Dates
- by 15 September: submit application for enrolment
- by 15 July: apply for a higher semester to continue a degree programme you have started at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam
- General university entrance qualification according to the Brandenburg University Act: General university entrance qualification or higher education entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences or previous vocational training recognised as equivalent.
- Completed education contract with a recognised practice or transfer partner
This is how you apply!
In the following, we explain which aspects you should consider from the conclusion of an education contract to matriculation (enrolment).
In order to be able to submit an enrolment application, it is necessary to apply to a recognised practice/transfer partner and to conclude an educational contract with them.
Current announcements and application deadlines can be found in the overview of our recognised practice/transfer partners.
Do you have a university entrance qualification and have concluded an educational contract with one of the practice or transfer partners of the bachelor's degree programme social work | cual-digital? Then you have the opportunity to submit an enrolment application for the upcoming winter semester from 15 June to 15 September on the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
Documents to be submitted
- Officially certified copy of the university entrance qualification or the university degree certificate
- Proof of payment or order confirmation for the semester fee
- Photo for issuing the Campus.Card (upload possible during online application)
- If applicable, certificate of exmatriculation from the last university attended
- If applicable, further documents according to the enrolment application form
Please refer to the enrolment application form to find out whether you need to submit any additional documents.
Do you have questions about the enrolment process at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam? We have compiled frequently asked questions and answers regarding enrolment and admission.
Start your studies
After you have successfully completed the application process, we recommend that you take a look at the start of studies page of the social and educational sciences department. There you will find important information and dates regarding the start of your studies at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
The following links provide you, and especially international applicants, with further information on the topics of application and enrolment at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam.
You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school-leaving qualification and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements acquired abroad recognised and study with us.
Application & Enrolment Procedure
The application and study service provides information and advice on general questions regarding the application process, admission and enrolment at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, application for a higher semester, but also on topics such as compensation for disadvantages, part-time studies, waiting semesters and hardship applications.
Contact & Services
The student counselling service provides information and advice on general questions about studying as well as on topics such as choosing a degree programme, application, enrolment and study organisation. For subject-specific questions on module content, credit transfer, examinations or specialisations in the social work | dual-digital degree programme, the student counselling service is the right place to go.