BA (Hons) Social Work


This programme will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to face the demands of this rewarding industry. 

Our expert lecturers have worked in the field and have first-hand knowledge of the social work sector. They will guide you through modules from psychology, human growth and development, to law and mental health. They will also keep you up-to-date with the constantly changing social work policies and legislation. 

You will have the opportunity to complete a range of social work placements to demonstrate and develop your social work skills, fully preparing you for employment. 


This programme aims to: 

  • Enable graduate social workers to, through the application of heightened intellectual, analytical, and problem solving skills, demonstrate fitness for practice, in line with recognised professional standards.
  • Produce autonomous practitioners with a focus upon evidence based practice.
  • Enhance the employability and career prospects of learners, equipping graduates to meet the employment demands of interprofessional, interagency and partnership working as practitioners in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
  • Develop critically reflective practitioners, who, advocating the philosophy of continual professional development, will continue to meet the requirements of the skill base of the local, regional, and national economy.
  • Ensure your study is influenced throughout by the experiences of service users and carers.
  • Ensure you are eligible to apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) upon successful completion of the programme.
  • Enable students to be ready for the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment as a newly qualified social worker.

Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:


You will be required to have the following qualifications and personal and intellectual qualities to be a Social Worker. 

Standard entry criteria: 

  • GCSE or Level 2 equivalent in maths and English
  • International English Language Test (ILETS) at Level 7 in listening, speaking, reading and writing (applicable to International students)
  • The ability to communicate clearly and accurately.

Non-standard entry criteria: 

  • Non-standard/ vocational qualifications and/or significant knowledge and experience in a scientific or health-care setting
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): You may have previously studied on a similar award and gained higher education credit at an equivalent level. Applicants should apply for RPL prior to enrolment as it may be possible to take this into account to gain exemptions from one or more modules. A full copy of the procedure is available by emailing [email protected].

Access to the course is subject to satisfactory Health Declaration and an acceptable enhanced Disclosure and Barring check. 

What next after BA (Hons) Social Work?

You will be qualified to pursue a career as a Social Worker, however, it is possible to further embed your understanding of the industry by studying a Masters qualification.

 College Higher Education
 Published on 2023-08-26
 Deadline NA