Social Work at Swansea University - UCAS

Course summary

If you want a career where you can make a real, positive difference to the lives of people and communities in vulnerable circumstances, then our Social Work degree is the ideal springboard. Social work is about encouraging change and human growth by supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and communities. This professionally accredited course will give you the academic knowledge and practical experience to begin a career as a registered social worker. It attracts students interested in sociology, applied psychology and human development, health and social care, welfare studies, social policy, criminology, gender studies, Welsh studies, childhood studies and child care, family law and legal studies, community development and youth work. You will spend half of your time on placement with social work agencies, learning through observation and practice, and the other half being taught on our Singleton Park campus. You will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to communicate your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing. Being based in the School of Health and Social Care, Wales’s largest provider of healthcare education, you will be immersed in a dynamic research and learning environment with many opportunities to build links with students from related disciplines. You will be joining a Top 25 UK University (Guardian University Guide 2024)


Year 1 • Introduction to Social Work • Introduction to Social Work Law • Practice Learning • Social Work in Practice • Social Work Services in a Diverse Society: Ethics, Values and Anti-Discriminatory Practice • Undertaking and Using Social Work Research for Practice Year 2 • Legal issues in Social Work and Social Care • Social Work in Practice • Social Work Practice Learning • Theories and Perspectives in Social Work Year 3 • Applying Knowledge to Enhance Practice • Critical Practice in Child Care • Critical Practice in Adult Community Care • Social Work Practice Learning

Assessment method

Practice is an integral part of the course with 50% of the course, or 200 days, spent in practice with social work agencies, where you will have the opportunity to learn through observation, rehearsal and performance. We assess your learning through written essays, oral presentations, group work tasks, IT-based exercises and portfolio work. Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work and professional assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is open to UK applicants only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to have undertaken over 360 hours of direct social care work and you should clearly reference this in your Personal Statement. For applicants who have already studied an undergraduate degree, there is also the option to apply for the 2-year MSc Social Work programme.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



All applicants will be required to complete an interview and Criminal Records Declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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Sponsorship information

September 2024 £9000. Fees for full time Undergraduate UK students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government

Provider information

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Swansea University
Singleton Park

Course contact details

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The Admissions Office, Swansea University

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Social Work at Swansea University - UCAS