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Course summary

If you're keen to make a difference, the University of Bolton's Social Work England-approved BA (Hons) Social Work offers you the skills and knowledge you'll need for a successful career supporting people in complex and challenging situations. Combining university learning, work-based practice placements and ongoing professional skills development, our expert team will help you learn to bring about positive changes for individuals, families and communities. Social work is a varied and rewarding profession centred on people. It offers careers working with children, young people, families and care experienced people. Also, social workers work with adults with care and support needs, such as learning and physical disabilities and mental ill health. As a social worker, you'll work in multidisciplinary environments alongside professionals from other agencies, such as housing services, the police and health and social care teams, to empower individuals, families and communities within society. Our Social Work England-approved BA (Hons) Social Work focuses on helping you learn to use your professional judgement and build relationships, both with the individuals and communities you serve as well as with colleagues from other professions and services. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff will support you to develop a sound knowledge of social work theory, models, legislation, policy, ethics and interventions that will underpin your professional decision-making. We'll cover areas such as the impact of injustice, demography, and social inequality, as well as safeguarding and the signs of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation. We'll guide you as you gain key skills, values and behaviours, including professional curiosity, interpersonal and communication skills, initiative, leadership, research and critical reflection, partnership working, self-care and resilience, record keeping, and workload management. We focus on preparing you to become a confident, highly competent, compassionate and professional social worker. When you successfully complete this qualification, you'll be able to use your professional expertise to work, assess, plan, implement, evaluate and intervene, putting the needs of people first and ensuring their voice is central to decision-making. You'll be ready to maintain professional and ethical standards while supporting positive change in people's lives to improve their wellbeing and independence.

Modules

Information about the modules offered as part of this course is available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Assessment method

Details of the learning activities and assessment methods for this course are available on the University of Bolton’s website.

Professional bodies

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

  • Social Work England

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
L550
Institution code:
B44
Campus name:
University of Bolton Main Site, Greater Manchester
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English. While you don’t need to have prior experience, some experience of working in a helping capacity would be an advantage. For guidance regarding acceptable alternative qualifications, please contact [email protected]. Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance by Social Work England. We are happy to consider alternative qualifications and relevant work experience. The Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) route may be used for entry. Please contact the programme leader for details. You’ll also need to demonstrate basic IT skills, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.

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

https://www.bolton.ac.uk/course/CST013-F-UOB-SX/2024-2025

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Interview

If your application is successfully shortlisted, you’ll be invited to a selection day where you’ll be expected to complete a number of assessments, including an interview, written test and group activity. The interview panel will include academic staff, practice staff and service users. The written test will assess your comprehension and written communication skills. The group activity will assess your values, behaviours, communication and problem-solving skills. We’re seeking students who can demonstrate commitment to a social work career, have excellent communication skills, and are empathic, caring, and courageous.

Other

Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Health Professions Admissions Test (HPAT)

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

Applicants will be expected to take part in a group activity with other applicants.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band (or equivalent).

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

https://www.bolton.ac.uk/international/international-general-entry-requirements/


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
No data
Student satisfaction
60%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
90%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £47850* Whole course
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £47850* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Social Work at University of Bolton - UCAS