Swansea University

Social Work Swansea University Degree level: Undergraduate


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What is Social Work?
Social work is about encouraging change and human growth by supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and communities. This degree is ideal for people who wish to work with individuals and families in vulnerable circumstances to help improve outcomes in their lives.
The course would appeal to students interested in sociology, applied psychology and human development, health and social care, welfare studies, social policy, criminology, gender studies, Welsh studies, childhood studies and child care, family law and legal studies, community development and youth work.

Why study at Swansea?
• The Swansea University Social Work degree was ranked in the UK top 10 by the Complete University Guide for 2017, 1st for graduate prospects and and 1st in Wales in the Complete University guide 2017.
• Social Work at Swansea was ranked fourth for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey results.
• A recent Research Assessment Exercise ranked research in Social Work at Swansea University the best in Wales and 14th in the UK.
• 100% of graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating. (Unistats 2016)
• 93% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2016)
• 96% of students say that staff have made the subject interesting (Unistats 2016)
• Graduate starting salary of £28k on average (Unistats 2016) For a senior practitioner, this goes up to between £33,000 and £40,000. Senior positions include team manager which pays from £34,000 to £45,000.
• Social Work is ranked 19th out of 80 (Times and Sunday Times 2017)
• There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.
• The degree is accredited by Social Care Wales (SCW). Graduates can apply to register with SCW as qualified social workers. This qualification is recognised by social work regulatory bodies across the UK.

This social work degree has been developed to prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers and lays the foundation for their continuing professional development. It reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.

But University isn’t just about studying. Swansea offers a great student experience in a beautiful environment. There are plenty more lifestyle reasons why you should choose Swansea.

Course details


Year 1 compulsory
Introduction to Social Work
Social Work Services in a Diverse Society: Ethics, Values and Anti-Discriminatory Practice
Undertaking and Using Social Work Research for Practice
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Social Work Law
Social Work in Practice 1
Social Work Practice Learning 1

Year 2 compulsory
Theories and Perspectives in Social Work
Social Work in Practice 2
Legal issues in Social Work and Social Care
Social Work Practice Learning 2

Year 3 compulsory
Critical Practice in Child Care
Critical Practice in Adult Community Care
Applying Knowledge to Enhance Practice
Social Work Practice Learning 3

Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment method

We assess our students in a variety of ways across the 3 years of the programme. University based assessment may be via written assignment, group tasks, debates, presentations, court observation report, IT based examination, reflective essays, and creative arts group work. Whilst on practice placements, assessment is via reflective commentaries and the completion of a practice portfolio. Students are required to meet certain National Occupational Standards of competency and to demonstrate practice in fitting with the Social Care Wales (2017) Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.

Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work and professional assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code L500
Institution code S93
Campus name Singleton Park Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The Department welcomes many applications from non-UK students and considers a wide range of international qualifications. Details of our facilities, support and qualification equivalencies/requirements can be found on our dedicated international student pages - www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/ For further information please contact: chhsinternational@swansea.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level BCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits of which 45 must be at level 3; including a minimum of 12 distinctions, 18 merits).
Scottish Higher Will be considered with other UCAS qualifications. (minimum of 104 UCAS points)
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 numeracy and communication qualifications.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Will be considered with other qualifications. (minimum of 104 UCAS points).
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 345 points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Advanced Diploma: Pass and either CC at A2 level or DD at BTEC

Relevant social care work experience of at least 210 hours carried out in a supervised social care setting or agency with a reference from the line manager/ supervisor to confirm you have the required 210 hours at point of application. You must clearly reference that you have undertaken a minimum of 210 hours in your personal statement.

Additional entry requirements


Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

"FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. http://www.swansea.ac.uk/scholarships/ (can you insert this link where it says scholarships and bursaries)? Social Care Wales provides funding for Wales based students studying for the social work degree in Swansea University; a £2,500 bursary for living costs and a practice learning opportunity allowance. Find out more here. (can you insert this link where it says find out more here. http://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/studentloansandgrants/socialworkfunding/ ) For students ordinarily resident in England, the NHS offers a social work bursary scheme. Find out more here. (can you insert this link where it says find out more here: http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/825.aspx )"

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Swansea University
Singleton Park

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