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Current Project

Bachelor of Laws  (LLB)


The new approach to the national review process enables an institution to evaluate its programme in relation to a national standard for the qualification awarded, and as a form of reaccreditation, ensures that institutions meet minimum quality requirements in the selected programme.

The forthcoming national review of the LLB programme will comprise a threshold standard on the basis of which programmes leading to the LLB qualification will be evaluated. Thus, the review will be conducted using the LLB Qualification Standards and Programme Accreditation Criteria.The CHE has, through the participation of the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) national review Reference Group, been developing a National Review Manual and Institutional Self-Evaluation Report (SER) Template for the LLB national review.

LLB SER Template

LLB National Review Manual

LLB Qualification Standards

Programme Accreditation Criteria

Final re-accreditation outcomes of the LLB National Review as of 09 November 2017

Final re-accreditation outcomes of the LLB National Review as of 07 June 2018 

Update: Final re-accreditation outcomes of the LLB National Review as of 16 April 2019.

Accreditation confirmed (in no particular order)

  • Nelson Mandela University
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Johannesburg
  • Rhodes University
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of the Western Cape
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Zululand
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • University of South Africa
  • University of the Free State
  • North West University
  • University of Fort Hare
  • University of Venda
  • University of Limpopo
  • Walter Sisulu University

For enquiries regarding the national review outcomes, please contact the Director of National Standards & Reviews at the Council on Higher Education By the Council on Higher Education.



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Completed Reviews

The national review of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programme is the first national review (NR) project to go online.

The National Reviews Online system supports the process of programme re-accreditation as per the Framework for the National Review of Programmes.

National Review Manual for the Re-accreditation of Programmes

System Access:
The NR-Online system login page can be accessed here 

 National Review of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Programme Outcomes


The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), which is a permanent committee of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) responsible for quality assurance undertook a national review of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programme in 2012-2014. A national review is a re-accreditation exercise carried out on existing higher education programmes. The fundamental aims of a national review are to ensure that minimum standards in programmes are met, that students are protected from programmes that do not meet minimum quality standards and that public confidence in higher education programmes is assured. To be re-accredited, programmes need to satisfy the HEQC’s standards for provision, or demonstrate their potential to do so in a stipulated period of time.

Of the 16 institutions that participated in the national review of the BSW; 11are fully accredited; 1 accredited with conditions and 4 de-accredited. See table below the updated summary of the institutions re-accreditation status as on the 16 September 2016.

 The HEQC will continue to monitor the implementation of the progress report from the institution with conditional accreditation.  Taking into account the progress reports submitted to the HEQC,  the institution accredited with conditions may be revised and updated accordingly.


Current Status 

University of Johannesburg

Full Accreditation

University of Kwa Zulu Natal

Full Accreditation

University of Fort Hare

Full Accreditation

University of Pretoria

Full Accreditation

University of Western Cape

Full Accreditation

Stellenbosch University

Full Accreditation


University of the Witwatersrand

Full Accreditation

University of Cape Town

Full Accreditation

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Full Accreditation

University of Venda

Full Accreditation

North West University

Full Accreditation

University of Free State

Full Accreditation

University of Zululand


University of South Africa

UNISA – New BSW accredited as 2017

University of Limpopo

New BSW accredited as 2018

Walter Sisulu University



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