Why study BA (Hons) Social Work at BU?

  • This course has been ranked within the top five in its subject area for the past three years according to the Guardian League Tables
  • We have close ties with local employers, as well as our service user and care partnerships, so you will have the opportunity to develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession

  • Statutory placements throughout the course mean you will gain lots of relevant experience, operating in real-world settings
  • You’ll leave us equipped with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with issues in areas including child protection, fostering and adoption, adult safeguarding, mental health, substance use, hospital discharge and disability.
  • This course has received an overall 85% satisfaction rating from our final year students. 

Approved by Social Work England

This 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.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2023, September 2024


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 years, including mandatory placements


Social Work England

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2023 entry: 120 - 136 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2023 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.