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BA (Hons) Social Work

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Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let's talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

Please note: this course is full for September 2020 entry. You may still apply, but your application will be held on a waiting list. We'll contact you if a space becomes available and your application is being considered.

BA (Hons) Social work is an academic qualification and, crucially, is also a professional qualification. Our course is approved by Social Work England which means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course, explaining why 95% of our graduates are employed within six months of leaving.

Social workers practice in areas including child protection, fostering and adoption, adult safeguarding, mental health, substance use, hospital discharge and disability.

This practical degree, which is one of the top ten of its kind according to the 2020 Guardian League tables, blends a powerful combination of academic study with essential practical experience.

As a result, you will leave us equipped with specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with a broad range of issues such as social exclusion and discrimination, law and social policy, psycho-social development, models and methods of intervention and research methods.

You will gain lots of relevant experience during your placements, operating in real-world settings. What’s more, you can even seize the opportunity to travel and engage in international activities.

This course received 94% overall satisfaction rating from our final year students in the latest National Student Survey (NSS), so why not book on to an Open Day to come and meet us, or join us on live chat now to find out more?

See Course details for more information, including how this course will be delivered safely in autumn 2020 in response to Covid-19.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let's talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

International entry requirements:

For September 2020 and September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 917kb)


Your application

We are looking for applicants who have an awareness of the role of a social worker within society and have undertaken work experience – the longer and more varied the better. You should also be able to reflect upon your learning from these experiences. 

You’ll need a non-judgemental attitude, an appreciation of diversity, self-awareness, flexibility and openness to new ideas. In addition, you’ll be able to demonstrate relevant skills such as listening, negotiating and advocacy.

How to apply

Interview and offer process

The interview day will begin with a welcome talk by a member of staff from our Social Work team. There will also be an opportunity for you to speak to current students on the Social Work programmes.

You will take part in a group exercise with other candidates led by service users/carers. The service users and carers who lead this session will be considering your ability to express your own views, show appropriate listening skills, demonstrate openness to the views of others, and show curiosity about social problems.

Entry requirements

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section

That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including the Social Work Bursary and unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. 

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses


While this course will prepare you for a rewarding career as a social worker, it will also give you the skills you need to work effectively in a variety of other roles.

Thanks to our close ties with local employers, as well as our service user and care partnerships, you will have the opportunity to undertake varied placements during your course and develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession. 95% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

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What our graduates think

Michelle Lillywhite

The staff all stand out as they come with such enthusiasm and passion for what they do and more importantly why they do it. Learning has ignited an acedemic passion that I didn’t know I had.

Hear from our staff

Richard Williams

Social Work is not a discipline for the faint-hearted and our students develop personally and professionally; they embrace the learning opportunities and the challenges these opportunities provide and the outcome is high quality practitioners.

What our graduates think

Mary Pursey

The course set me up for a successful career in frontline child protection, and the teaching and pastoral support I received enabled me to reach my full potential and achieve even more than I ever thought I could.