Degree Bachelor of Arts
Start of study Winter semester
Application period Winter semester 01 June until 15 July
Standard period of study 7 semesters
Credits 210


Admission restricted Yes
Admission requirements
  • general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or advanced technical college entrance qualification or placement examination/special admission
  • training or study contract with one of the partner companies
  • good knowledge of English is desirable but not a prerequisite
Language of instruction German
Faculty/institution School of Social Sciences
Integrated stay abroad No
Study format cooperative study mode

Do you enjoy working with people and want to make a worthwhile contribution to the society you live in? Then our cooperative programme in Social Work B.A. is probably just right for you.

The generalist orientation of the degree programme is excellent preparation for subsequent professional practice in which the increasing complexity of social problems impacts on virtually all individual fields of activity. The broadly based professional competences acquired meet the need to adopt a holistic perception of the individual addressees including their social relations and networks, while taking into account socio-spatial conditions.

One of the main aims is to understand the need for flexibility in the analysis of the problems, resources and the development potential of the people you will one day be dealing with. After completing the programme, you will be able to work with individuals, families, social groups and communities on the basis of academically framed standards and professional ethics in a way that advances social development and social cohesion, while at the same time promoting people's autonomy and self-determination.

You attend the majority of the courses together with the students of the regular social work degree programme. The big difference for you is that the cooperative programme has integrated phases of vocational training with one of the HSB’s cooperation partners – with whom you have a contract of employment: you receive a salary and your tuition fees are paid for.

Moreover, you receive state recognition as a social worker directly upon graduating from HSB, as the required periods of practical training and subsequent reflection are already completed during your studies.

Career prospects

Another special feature of this cooperative degree programme is that your employment with the City of Bremen, the Berufsbildungswerk Bremen or a member association of the Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege means you will be able to establish contacts and relationships, giving you a competitive edge when building your career.

Future activities in the public service could be, for example, in the city’s correctional facility, the public health department, the Office for Social Services as well as the various social centres run by the City of Bremen. The Berufsbildungswerk offers employment in the areas of pre-vocational training measures, at a boarding school, in rehabilitation management or educational support.

Of course, due to the degree programme’s generalist orientation, graduates are just as qualified for work with other employers too.

Moreover, after successfully completing the programme, you will also have the possibility to take a Master's degree. HSB offers the Master’s programme ‘Practice Research and Innovation in Social Work’.

Programme structure

Module manual (German)

Examination regulations (German)


  1. Information

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    Questions about the degree programme can be answered by the contact persons on the degree programme pages. If you have any further questions about your decision to study at HSB, our advisory and service institutions will be happy to help.


Head of programme

Porträtfoto Sanine Wagenblass

Prof. Dr. Sabine Wagenblass
Professorin für Geschichte und Theorien der Sozialen Arbeit
+49 421 5905 3771

Academic programme and practice coordinator

Marie Seedorf
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
+49 421 5905 3740

Registrar's Office