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Course summary

If you thrive on the unexpected and want to make a difference in people’s lives, social work could be the career for you. Our degree course is nationally recognised and will enable you to register with Social Work England (SWE) as a Social Worker. Social work is about empowering people and supporting them towards being independent. Social Workers help people to function, participate and develop in society. Our course provides the knowledge, values and skills you will need to qualify as a Social Worker. But social work isn’t just about what you learn: it’s also about who you are. You’ll need qualities such as patience, honesty, sensitivity, tolerance, persistence and sound judgement. As a student, you’ll train to assess people’s circumstances and needs. Working alongside other professionals, you’ll plan, provide, review and evaluate services. You’ll become skilled in problem-solving, and understand how to set up supportive activities with individuals, families, groups and communities. Learning to assess the risks facing vulnerable children or adults, and how to set up and measure protection plans for them will be key. You’ll also gain a thorough understanding of your legal powers and duties. Our course is full-time, and features presentations and role play as well as more traditional lectures and seminars. We work closely with our SUCI (Service User and Carers Involvement) group. This gives you a chance to discuss with people who have experience and opinions about social care and use their feedback to improve your practice. All of our students do two practice placements – 70 days in Year 2, and 100 days in Year 3. One of these placement will involve statutory tasks, including legal interventions. Both placements are an invaluable opportunity to learn in the workplace and you will cover a range of topics such as engagement, assessment, interpersonal skills, interventions, safeguarding and the appropriate use of authority. We’ll make sure that you get a range of settings to best support your training. It’s likely that you’ll have to travel as part of your placement, so you’ll need your own transport to visit service users in the community, where public transport may not be available.


Year one, core modules • Standards and Skills for Social Work Practice 1 • Contemporary Issues in Social Work • Safeguarding in Context • Applied Social Work Theories Year two, core modules • Social Work with Children and Families • Research - Evaluating Knowledge and Evidence in Practice • Ruskin Module • Social Work with Adults • Standards and Skills for Social Work Practice 2 Year three, core modules • Sustainable Social Work • Understanding Professional Practice • Undergraduate Major Project • Standards and Skills for Social Work Practice 3

Assessment method

Assessments are your opportunity to show the skills and knowledge that you're gaining. We use a number of assessment methods including assignments, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week-by-week), poster design and placements.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

International applicants

Applications from International students are not accepted for this course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level with a minimum of 7 in each component) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Please note that the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is not accepted for this course due to Professional Body Restrictions. 2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information
Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS