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BA (Hons) Social Work

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Social workers are capable of so much and helping so many. Their work touches upon areas ranging from child protection to fostering and adoption, through to youth justice and supporting adults with disabilities, to mental health and homelessness, and helping those with drug issues or alcohol dependency.

Our course is endorsed by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), which means you’ll be able to register as a qualified social worker the minute you graduate, explaining why 95% of our students are working or studying within six months of graduating.

This practical degree, which is one of the top ten of its kind according to the 2018 Guardian League tables, blends a powerful combination of academic study with essential practical experience.

As a result, you’ll leave us fully equipped with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with a broad range of issues surrounding social welfare, social exclusion and discrimination, law and social policy, working with children, young people and adults, mental health and substance abuse.

You’ll gain lots of hands-on experience during your placements, operating in real-world settings. What’s more, you can even seize the opportunity to travel and complete your placements overseas.

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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.

For 2019 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in November, 2018 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 120–128 tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma DDM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

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

You will 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, demonstrators, technicians and research students.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the course 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


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.

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.

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

Course changes

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.

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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.