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Course summary

Why study this course? Social work is a profession that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this course enables you to practise as a social worker. You'll benefit from our extensive links with statutory organisations, local authorities and the voluntary sector, and from the experience our lecturers bring to their teaching. In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months. More about this course The Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course providing the knowledge, skills and values required by social workers which enables successful students to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It’s been designed to meet the Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) requirements (originally set out by The College of Social Work). We’ve integrated the nine areas of the PCF for social workers into our modules. The nine areas are:

  • professionalism
  • values and ethics
  • diversity
  • rights, both justice and economic
  • knowledge
  • judgement
  • critical reflection and analysis
  • contexts and organisations
  • professional leadership
Knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help you develop a professional identity as a social worker, enabling you to become a reflective, resilient and effective social work practitioner. This course is informed by research, evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives. You'll learn in a structured and dynamic environment, with considerable interaction with experienced academic staff, service users, other professional students as well key social work partners and practitioners. This three-year course includes two placements, with at least one of the placements giving you experience of statutory social work tasks, involving legal interventions.


Year 1 modules include: Assessing, Planning and Professional Ethics (core, 30 credits); Communication, Skills and Values in Social Work (core, 30 credits); Human Growth and Development: A Life Course Perspective (core, 30 credits); Social Context for Social Work (core, 30 credits). Year 2 modules include: Professional Law for Social Work (core, 15 credits); Inter-professional Practice (core, 15 credits); Safeguarding Children and Adults (core, 15 credits); Social Work Practice Learning 1 (core, 60 credits); Theoretical Perspectives in Social Work (core, 15 credits). Year 3 modules include: Effective Social Work Practice with Children and Adults (core, 15 credits); Research Project (core, 30 credits); Social Work Practice Learning 2 (core, 75 credits).

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through essays, exams, oral presentations, group work, a portfolio and two periods of assessed practice placements. You'll also undertake supervised social work practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course, as well as undertaking 30 skills days.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For up to date English language requirements please see:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification, eg Functional Skills English Level 2) We accept a broad range of equivalent level qualifications, please check the UCAS tariff calculator or contact us if you are unsure if you meet the minimum entry requirements for this course. We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications. We also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. You will also be required to have a minimum of 12 weeks previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people, normally within a social care or health context. Employer reference/s are required to verify your work experience. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview day where you will present your original qualification certificates, your passport and a completed self-declaration health check. In the interview you will undertake a written test, participate in a group exercise and attend an individual interview. Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely and EU nationals may be considered for admission, but please note that an additional international enhanced DBS check will be required. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child and Adult Workforce, which is registered with the DBS Update Service, is also required.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Admission tests

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Social Work Admissions day. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an admissions day where they will be required to take a written test. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an individual interview and join an observed group activity.

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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
EU £17600 Year 1
International £17600 Year 1
Channel Islands £17600 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £17600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees. Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Social Work at London Metropolitan University - UCAS