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Course summary

How do you tell a seven-year-old she’s going to live with another family? How do you build trust with a teenage boy who keeps running away from home? How do you support a 40-year-old woman with schizophrenia? As a social worker, you’ll often be in complex and challenging situations but you’ll help to improve lives and bring about social change through working in partnership with individuals, families and communities. Working within health and social care teams, and with partner agencies, from the police to housing services, you will help to promote human rights and social justice. It can be difficult to appreciate the difference social workers make until you’ve experienced social work practice in action – and that’s why you’ll complete placements in your second and third years. Our BA (Hons) Social Work course is approved by Social Work England. This means, when you graduate, you can apply for professional registration with Social Work England to practice as a registered social worker. Some of the topics you’ll explore include how to communicate with service users and carers, theories to inform practice and the factors that influence our journeys from pre-birth through to death. Social work can be difficult and challenging at times and, as well as developing your academic knowledge, we aim to develop your resilience and help you learn ways to manage the situations you’re faced with. Features and Benefits

  • Approved course - Our course is approved by Social Work England and, when you graduate, you are eligible to apply for professional registration with Social Work England.
  • Employability - As you graduate, you’ll have the skills you need to practice as a newly qualified social worker across all ages and service user groups.
  • Placement experience - You’ll go on a 70-day placement in year two and a 100-day placement in year three.
  • Specialise your studies - You can focus on a chosen pathway of social work practice in your final year.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4 - Functional Skills/Key Skills Level 2 may be considered IELTS 7 with no element below 6.5 Applications which meet our academic entry requirements will be assessed by the following criteria on the Personal Statement: The ability to demonstrate a coherent statement of relevant experience. Awareness of discrimination as a factor that influences experiences. The ability to demonstrate an understanding of what Social Workers do. An interview is part of the application process. Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and health assessment will be required prior to enrolment. Applicants who are successful at interview will be asked to provide a second reference. The second reference must be a work reference, from a referee who can comment on the applicant's suitability for the social work profession (for example, work in the voluntary or charitable sector). Please note that advanced entry is not available for this course.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Own Test. The test is taken at the interview stage of the admissions process.

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Social Work at Manchester Metropolitan University - UCAS