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BA (Hons) Social Work

Both an academic qualification and, crucially, also a professional qualification, this course is approved by Social Work England – meaning you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of your degree.

  • UCAS Code:
    L500
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Clearing 2021: This course is now full for September 2021 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. Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online. You can also explore our other Health & Social Care vacancies in Clearing.

Why study BA (Hons) Social Work at BU?

  • This course is ranked 1st in its subject area according to the 2021 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.

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 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 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 2021 and September 2022 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)

Placements

Your application

Please note: this course is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application will be held on a waiting list (either prior to or following an interview). If your application is on a waiting list, we will inform you if a space becomes available by the end of June. 

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

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

Careers

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.

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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.

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.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.