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Course summary

Few careers offer as much opportunity to support people as social work. Often, inequalities and injustices in society create difficulties for people involved with social services. The social work profession acknowledges these difficulties and endeavours to support people to manage their situations and effect positive change. This social work degree is based on the All Wales Assessment Framework for Social Work, which includes the National Occupational Standards for Social Work, and the Social Care Wales Code of Professional Practice for Social Care Workers. This means you will graduate with the professional qualification required to register as a social worker. If you apply through UCAS, you may be eligible for a bursary from Social Care Wales (subject to their conditions). The social work course consists of academic and practice-based elements. Half your time will involve practice learning opportunities in statutory, voluntary and third sectors. This will help consolidate your knowledge and skills, and prepare you for practice. Practical placements account for 50% of our social work degree, each in a different setting. This means you’ll not only be well prepared when you qualify, but you’ll also have a good idea of the sector in which you would like to work. These block placements can often lead to employment opportunities when you graduate. You can specialise in a particular area in the third year, for example working with adults, children or in mental health. You’ll also be prepared to work in integrated multiagency teams alongside professionals from other services such as the police, health and education. The social work degree is based in our Newport City campus. Right at the heart of the city, overlooking the River Usk, it is one of the University’s most iconic buildings and easily accessible by train, bus or car. USW Newport is home to a wide range of subject areas, so you’ll benefit from studying in a diverse atmosphere.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
L500
Institution code:
W01
Campus name:
Newport
Campus code:
C

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Entry into year 2 is subject to an interview and 120 HE credits in a Social Work degree from another institution, with acceptance of those credits by Social Care Wales. We do not accept applications for year 3 entry due to Social Care Wales regulations. Applications made for year 3 entry will be rejected upon receipt.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. At least 10 weeks’ work experience (approximately 360 hours) carried out in a supervised social care setting or agency with a reference from the supervisor submitted with your application confirming you have completed the required hours. This work experience must be completed prior to you submitting your application, and you must clearly reference that you have undertaken a minimum of 420 hours in your personal statement.

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

https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/bsc-hons-social-work/

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

A satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check is required (additional cost applies; no offences are considered spent). Applicants who have identified that they have a conviction will, in the first instance, be contacted by the University to complete a self-disclosure form so that any issues around placements, professional practice etc., can be considered at the earlier stages of the admissions process. Applicants who are successful in their application, and who are offered a place which they then accept, will be contacted three months prior to enrolment (where possible) with details of the University’s online DBS service. Full details are available on the University website and, if applicants have any questions regarding their DBS, they should contact the Enquiries and Admissions Team at [email protected] Subscription to the DBS update service is strongly recommended.

Health checks

A satisfactory health check will be required for the course.

Interview

Applicants are required to attend an interview. All interviews for the course will take place at our Newport City Campus or Online. Full details are available on the University website and it is essential that all applicants read this before applying.


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
75%
Student satisfaction
95%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
95%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
International £12600 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed on the University website (on individual course pages). Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense. Students from Wales and the EU may be eligible for a means-tested Welsh Government Learning Grant. Please visit the University website for full details.
Social Work at University of South Wales - UCAS