Birmingham City University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Work

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Course summary

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

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City South Campus, Edgbaston
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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 25th August alongside the GCSE they are studying.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Satisfactory Occupational Health clearance.


Applicants must have evidence of study within the last 5 years and or current relevant practice experience in a social setting. Applicants are required to complete a written exercise on selection day. Qualifications, personal statement, interview, reference and written exercise all form part of the selection criteria for this course.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)7with no subtest below 6.5

Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7, with no subtest below 6.5 If English is studied at GCSE Level but as a second language, IELTs must be completed to qualify for UK L2 requirement.

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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 at Birmingham City University - UCAS