Keele University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Work

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At Keele University, we’re proud to be consistently ranked in the Top 3 UK universities for student satisfaction, which is testimony to the safe, supportive and welcoming campus we hope you’ll soon call home. This undergraduate Social Work programme is accredited by Social Work England. Once the course is successfully completed, you are eligible to apply to join the register as a social worker. This programme embraces the social sciences, ethics and the law as they relate to social work theory and practice, as well as benefiting from practitioners and service users and carers input at all stages of the programme. Keele University is a member of The West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership to strengthen the quality of education and training for social work students and practitioners across the West Midlands. The partnership includes local authorities, children's trusts, NHS trusts and universities. The partnership is led by principal social workers, workforce development leads and senior academics across children's and adult services. Social Work engages with a diverse range of people and groups, both adult and children, to address complex life challenges and enhance wellbeing. The social work programme is current, led by research active academic staff with contributions from Social Work practitioners, service users and other professionals. You will develop both the understanding and skills to make a difference, to people’s lives. You will also gain vital experience through both university and practice settings to prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career. Your Social Work degree from Keele will enable you to be eligible to register as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council, which will enable you to practice as a social worker in England in the voluntary and statutory sector. The degree will also open up a range of directly related careers in contexts, some of which may require additional training, such as health, charities, education, local government, probation and the prison service. Other less directly related options include working as a youth worker, careers adviser, community development worker or counsellor.

Course details


For a list of indicative and likely optional modules please visit the course website.

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

Normally a minimum of 2:1 honours degree is required. A lower degree classification may be considered, on a case by case basis, depending on other postgraduate qualifications or experience. Candidates are expected to have some general knowledge of social services and broad social problems. It is important that candidates can demonstrate awareness of the field they are seeking to enter. Relevant employment and/or personal experience within a health or social care setting is highly desirable.

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Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A compulsory Enhanced plus Barring Lists DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) will need to be completed by anyone accepted on the course before they begin their placements with social work practice providers. Completing placements are mandatory for all students.

Health checks

Whilst there is not a formal health check completed by all candidates, prospective students are required to sign a Declaration of Suitability/Fitness to Practice for Social Work form. Depending on the information supplied by candidates, the programme director may seek clarification on any potential health concerns and this may also require further consultation with your GP or the university’s Occupational Health department.


All prospective candidates need to complete an interview. This will usually be held at the university on the selection day where the candidate will be asked questions by a panel comprising a social work academic, a social work practitioner and a service user. Successful completion of this interview is required to be invited onto the course.


Applicants need to confirm prior to interview decision/offer that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities. Candidates for the social work programme will be selected through a two-part process. Initially, the candidate’s application form and personal statement will be read and its suitability assessed. As well as reaching the required academic standards, the candidate’s personal statement should demonstrate a clear understanding of social work and its values. If this is achieved, candidates will then be invited to a selection day, which will include a written task, a group discussion and an individual interview with academic staff, a social work practitioner and a service user (in most cases). Only those deemed competent via this process will be offered a place. Candidates must also complete a written declaration of their suitability to undertake social work training in respect of health status, criminal convictions and other matters.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000* Year 1
Scotland £7000* Year 1
Wales £7000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000* Year 1
EU £19800* Year 1
International £19800* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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