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Course summary

The Social Work BA degree will provide you with a practice-focused learning experience. You will be taught by academics who are experts in their fields, and will gain first-hand experience from service users, carers and practitioners. Once you graduate, you will be prepared to start an incredibly rewarding career. In these recent challenging times, social workers have had a vital role to play. They engage with vulnerable individuals, families and communities on a daily basis to promote human rights, help improve people’s life outcomes and make a meaningful difference. Our course will prepare you for the profession through research-informed teaching, value-based learning and practice placements. The modules of the course incorporate the key skills, expertise and values for contemporary social work practice, complimented by two placements providing the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice. Graduating with a social work degree offers a variety of opportunities for practising social work and other humanitarian work in the UK and overseas. Our degrees are recognised globally in countries such as Australia, Canada and Hong Kong amongst others, where social workers are also in demand. Why study BA Social Work at Birmingham? -The Department of Social Work and Social Care produces original and relevant research of social issues in both children’s and adults social work. Alongside generating knowledge and educating future and current practitioners, the department has direct engagement with providers, commissioners and policy makers regarding their work to design and deliver new models of support. -The University of Birmingham is embedded within a diverse, multicultural and thriving city and region, with strong civic connections, providing a range of opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience. -Our course places lived experience at the forefront of our teaching, research and impact and we collaborate with a wide range of service users, carers and practitioners to provide students with a broad range of experiences. -We are a multi-disciplinary university, with a clear focus on collaborations which includes learning with students from other health and care related areas. Find out more at:


For a full list of modules and their descriptions, please visit our course page

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other new UK qualifications will also be considered – eg, Cambridge Pre-U, Advanced Diplomas, AQA Baccalaureate, Open University 60-credit module.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Written test and interview


It is essential that you have at least 30 days experience. This can be paid or unpaid, and should be in a caring, befriending or mentoring capacity. Examples include: social care, teaching, nursing, working with children or vulnerable adults.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For details of the annual tuition fee for International Students please see the course web page listed in the 'course details' section above. If you are made an offer to study by the University, the yearly tuition fee will be stated in your offer letter.
Social Work at University of Birmingham - UCAS