Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Work with Foundation Year

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Course summary

You will study very broad subjects in your foundation year, which is designed to prepare you for a range of courses, not just one particular BSc degree. So although you apply to study a BSc in a specific course – in this case BSc Social Work – the foundation year sets you up for a number of other possible degrees starting the following year. It may be that you don’t end up doing a degree in precisely the same subject as your foundation year. This flexibility is one of the great things about the foundation year category Society, Childhood and Education - it allows you to find out more about your interests and talents before focusing on a three year degree. The foundation year also helps us at BCU to make sure we help to match you to the degree that fits you best. You will need to be assessed for progression on to your second year, which would be the first year of your BSc-level degree. The role of a social worker involves working with vulnerable people across all ages and cultures to build trusting, respectful relationships. This programme will develop you into a supportive and highly skilled social worker, ready for a challenging but rewarding career. You will combine personal skills such as listening and communication with the ability to assess, act and work in partnership with service users and other professionals. Our curriculum follows the Professional Capabilities Framework and proficiency standards for social work, building evidence for your portfolio, reviewing key issues in social work practice and incorporating challenging scenarios. Our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - the independent regulator for England. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to register with the HCPC to practice as a professional social worker. Our course is also endorsed by the College of Social Work and is well known for producing excellent practitioners capable of operating in local authority, voluntary or private settings. Extracurricular opportunities exist for international visits exist outside term time through our Go Abroad scheme to enrich your experience. A few students per year also get the opportunity to attend International Social Work Week in the Netherlands.

Course details

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2021.

If you already have a 2021 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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City South Campus, Edgbaston
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. If an applicant is studying an Access qualification or has already achieved an acceptable Level 3+ qualification, but is missing an acceptable Level 2 qualification, then they will be asked to complete Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and/or English Language (as applicable) by the 31st July alongside the GCSE they are studying.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with no less than 5.5 in any level

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Social Work with Foundation Year at Birmingham City University - UCAS