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Course summary

Prepare for a career in challenging situations, working to promote equality, diversity and social justice and making a real difference to people’s lives. Develop and apply skills, knowledge and values in ways that use critical reflection, develop emotional resilience and empower service users. Please note that there may be some changes to the modules on offer on this course for the 2024/25 academic year. Check for the latest information. This course covers all aspects of social work, enabling you to prepare for a career in a diverse range of settings. A significant part of the second and third years of the course is spent on placement engaging with the realities of social work. Your placements could be in a range of social work-related settings in local authorities and independent and voluntary sectors. At least one placement will involve significant working and learning by undertaking statutory interventions. Our staff team are all registered social workers and have extensive experience of social work practice that brings insight, depth, expertise and realism to their teaching and your learning. Through strong links with the profession on the front line, teaching reflects the current climate in social work practice. This course is regulated by Social Work England.

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.

Unistats information

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

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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