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Course summary

Your first step towards a career as a registered social worker, this course equips you with the knowledge, skills and resilience needed to improve the lives of vulnerable adults, children and families. Approved by Social Work England, this degree offers graduates eligibility to join the professional register, after which you can pursue a career in social work across a range of settings. The course prepares you to work in a rapidly changing, complex and unpredictable sector, offering the most up-to-the-minute knowledge, skills and practice. It combines work-placement experience, practical skills development and academic study with a focus on applying theory to practice. You first study the foundations of social work including social policy; human growth and development; relevant legislation for professional practice; and working with people. Later units explore issues, contexts and interventions in social work along with two work-placement opportunities and a final-year research project. Why choose this course?

  • Join a course with a 92% satisfaction rate (National Student Survey, 2020)
  • Explore every aspect of the professional social work role; how it relates to other areas; and the ethical challenges of balancing initiative with accountability
  • Progress with the support of academic staff who have all been practising social workers, some of whom continue to practise alongside their academic work
  • Benefit from the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy, run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts to recruit and train the next generation of health and social care workers
  • As a graduate, you can apply for professional registration as a qualified social worker with Social Work England
  • Open up career paths across a variety of sectors, including local authorities, the NHS, education authorities, prison service, private agencies and voluntary organisations


Areas of study may include:

  • Social work process
  • Human growth and development
  • Foundations for social work practice
  • Diversity and difference
  • Professional practice in a range of social work and related agencies
  • Social work theory and methods of intervention
  • Working within and across different welfare contexts
  • Understanding the experiences of people who use services
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Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in Mathematics and English required. We are happy to consider applicants with alternative qualifications and/or work experience. If you would like to check if your qualifications will be accepted please contact the Admissions Team.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks



Applicants need a year of recent experience in a care based setting.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

The fees for 2023 entry have not yet been confirmed. For information on the 2022 fees please refer to our website,
Social Work at University of Bedfordshire - UCAS