Overview Social workers change lives for the better and help protect some of society’s most vulnerable people. On this BSc (Hons) Social Work degree, which is approved by Social Work England, you’ll be supported by passionate industry experts with many years of social work experience. Once you graduate, you'll have the skills and knowledge you need to apply to register as a social worker.
- Practise your social work skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, a safe and supportive environment where we use innovative technologies to simulate real-life scenarios
- Work closely with the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG), to help you understand service user experiences
- Build your professional experience by spending 200 days on placement working with vulnerable people, service users and carers in the community
- social care settings
- rehabilitation services
- criminal justice
- voluntary organisations
- advocacy agencies
- housing advice
- education settings such as schools and colleges
- social worker
- care manager
- missing children and child exploitation coordinator
- family support worker
- housing adviser
- independent domestic violence adviser
- adult wellbeing manager
- primary mental health worker
- learning disability practitioner
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Hampshire County Council
- Portsmouth City Council
- Essex County Council
- Spectrum Centre for Independent Living
- Southern Advocacy Services
Year 1 Core modules in this year include: Equality Diversity and Inclusion – 20 credits Human Development and The Life Course – 20 credits Readiness for Learning and Practice – 40 credits Social Work Theories and Models – 20 credits Social Issues, Policy and The Law – 20 credits There are no optional modules in this year. Year 2 Core modules in this year include: BSc Social Work Practice Placement 1 – 40 credits Service User Inclusion and Co-production – 20 credits Social Work With Adults – 20 credits Social Work With Children and Families – 20 credits Using Evidence and Research in Social Work – 20 credits There are no optional modules in this year. Year 3 Core modules in this year include: BSc Social Work Dissertation – 40 credits Professional Development and Employability – 20 credits Safeguarding - Adults and Children – 20 credits Social Work Practice Placement 2 – 40 credits There are no optional modules in this year. We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
You’ll be assessed through tests (academic or practical/skills based), compilation of filmed and recorded artefacts, online assessment, academic written work/portfolios, presentations, dissertation/project. You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future. The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:
- Year 1 students: 25% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course.
Applicants must pass Occupational Health check before starting the course.
Successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to a staged, holistic and multidimensional selection day which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards. The assessment day will commence with all shortlisted applicants completing a written task, which is assessed as a pass or fail. In accordance with Social Work England standards, the written element will assess applicants’ command of English, ability to analyse and present written information, motivation to become a social worker, knowledge of the social work profession and relevant policies and legislation and ICT skills. Applicants who pass the written assessment will be invited to attend an individual interview on the same day. If successful, applicants will be required to declare if they have been subject to any disciplinary procedures of fitness to practice by any other regulator, professional body, employer or educational establishment.
International applicants must provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified English translation if necessary), before admission to the programme can be confirmed.
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Successfully shortlisted applicants will be invited to a staged, holistic and multidimensional selection day which has been designed in accordance with Social Work England's standards. The assessment day will commence with all shortlisted applicants completing a written task, which is assessed as a pass or fail. In accordance with Social Work England standards, the written element will assess applicants’ command of English, ability to analyse and present written information, motivation to become a social worker, knowledge of the social work profession and relevant policies and legislation and ICT skills. Applicants who pass the written assessment will be invited to attend an individual interview on the same day.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||7||English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.|
|PTE Academic||68||An overall score of 68 with a minimum of 61 in each skill.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||100||100 with a minimum of 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Speaking and 24 in Writing|
|Cambridge English Advanced||Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 185 with no component score less than 176.|
|Trinity ISE||Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components|
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|