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Course summary

This course was approved and validated by Social Work England in June 2020. Would you like to make a difference to society? Social workers play a key role in supporting and helping people and our degree helps train you to be a confident, effective, resilient and safe practitioner. The course covers all aspects of social work, including theories and methods, legislation, skills for practice and developing professional competency. Taught by highly experienced staff, on this course you will learn to work with both adults and children and will be eligible to enter any area of practice upon qualification. Social workers support in a wide range of areas, including child protection, with vulnerable adults, older people and in mental health. Successful completion of this degree will allow eligibility to apply for registration with Social Work England as a social worker upon graduation. Key features

  • 100% of students on this programme said that the course was supportive and they received good advice and guidance about their studies (NSS 2019).
  • Our staff have extensive experience in social work practice, teaching and multidisciplinary research, ensuring your learning experience is high-quality and up-to-date with contemporary issues, advancements and debates within the sector.
  • Benefit from a high level of Involvement of people with lived experience across the programme, including co taught lectures and assessments.
  • This course is designed so that you will learn to work with both adults and children and be eligible to enter any area of practice upon graduation.
  • Benefit from practical work placements in settings including Child protection, Adoption and fostering, Physical and/or learning disability support and Youth Justice, which will take your learning beyond the classroom and enhance your experience and employability.
  • Develop your transferable skills with interprofessional learning, working alongside students and practitioners from a wide range of other professions including nurses, doctors, criminal justice workers, teachers and the police.
Social Work Bursary You may be eligible for a non-repayable social work student bursary of up to £4,862 (this is based on the NHS guidance 2020-2021 so may change for future years).


FIRST YEAR: Preparation for Social Work Practice Introduction to Law, Policy and Procedure Understanding the Life Span (Human growth and development) Introduction to Social Work Theories and Skills in practice SECOND YEAR: Practice Placement (70 days) Law for Social Work Practice Research informed practice Social Work Theories, Processes and Skills in Practice Inter-Professional Education (IPE) THIRD YEAR: Research Project The Developing Professional Practitioner Professional Judgement and Decision Making Final Practice Placement (100 days)

Assessment method

To ensure students are ready to practice, they are assessed in their first year through a communication exercise with a service user or carer and a shadowing exercise where they will shadow a social worker in their practice with service users and reflect on this experience. In addition, you will be required to pass both the second and third year placements

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

Work experience: You must have some relevant social care experience from voluntary or paid work. Placements during previous study can also be considered. This will be individually assessed. The range and types of work experience will be considered in the application process. We are able to consider some relevant course- based placement experience and some informal care experience as part of this requirement (such as that for which Carer’s Allowance is paid). You will be required to complete a Work Experience statement before the interview and this will be assessed in conjunction with your suitability declaration and interview score before you can be offered a place on the course.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


English language requirements

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

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

Additional fee information

For students registering in the 2023/24 academic year, the fees for this programme are yet to be confirmed. Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government.
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