Social Work at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS

Course summary

Overview If you’re compassionate and curious about people, interested in society and motivated by a strong sense of social justice, social work is for you. Social work is about working with people, usually to help them to achieve their goals, and sometimes to protect them or others. At UEA, we see social work as a practical and ethical profession that helps people and makes a difference to their lives. You could work with children, young people, parents, people with mental health problems, people with physical disabilities or learning disabilities, older people, and with relatives and friends who care for them. Many of our lecturers are actively involved in research and nearly all are experienced practitioners. Importantly, current practitioners and people with lived experience are involved in teaching activities across the course. This means our teaching draws on leading research, while providing you with a direct insight into the latest social work issues and evidence-based practice. We combine teaching that emphasises reflective and relationship-based practice, with the latest research and excellent placement opportunities. You’ll learn about the theoretical foundations of social work, which are rooted in psychology and sociology. You’ll explore social policy and the laws surrounding working with children and families, people with mental health issues, and vulnerable adults. Throughout your three years, you’ll focus on what it means to work with individuals, families, groups, fellow social workers and other professionals. We're part of the Suffolk and Norfolk Social Work Teaching Partnership, which ensures social work education in the region meets the needs of students and employers. The partnership ensures you’ll have practice placements in two contrasting settings managed by qualified practice educators who’ll guide and assess your practice. After you graduate, and register as social worker with Social Work England, your first job could be working with children, young people, parents, people with mental health problems, people with physical disabilities or learning disabilities, older people, and with relatives and friends who care for them. When you join our community at UEA you’ll train to become a first-rate social work practitioner and you’ll graduate ready to start your social work career. Disclaimer Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4 or C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or C. We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website

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Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


If shortlisted, applicants will be invited to an Interview Day at UEA. UK students will be asked to attend in-person. Overseas or UK applicants living overseas will be invited to an interview day taking place on online. The interview day gives you the opportunity to meet the staff and other applicants. Social work is about collaborative working, meaning we work as part of a team with colleagues from a local authority partner agency. You will be involved in a number of activities during the interview day including a group activity and individual interview with a panel made up of an academic from the School of Social Work, a practitioner and a person of lived experience . You will also have the opportunity to meet a current student already on our programme. The sessions are mornings or afternoons. More information about what happens at an interview day can be found at


Declaration of Suitability to be completed. This will be requested at the same time as the essay.

Institutions Own Test (IOT)

On receipt of an application and initial screening, applicants will be asked for: • An 800–1000-word essay. Guidance will be provided.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7IELTS score of 7.0 overall with minimum of 6.5 in each component

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing). We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £20600* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.
Social Work at University of East Anglia UEA - UCAS