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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

Why study BA (Hons) Social Work at BU?

  • This course is ranked 1st in its subject area for the second year running according to the 2021 and 2022 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 2022, September 2023

Location:

Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus

Duration:

3 years, including mandatory placements

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For 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 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

Entry requirements

This course requires 120–136 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent. You can use the UCAS calculator to see how your qualifications equate to UCAS tariff points.

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2022 entry

Numeracy and literacy requirements (e.g. GCSEs) GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework. See all of the equivalencies.
A-level and AS levels

120–136 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma 118–134 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
BTEC National
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Foundation Diploma/90-credit Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Extended Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff.
Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma 120–136 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two principal subjects.
Cambridge Technical
  • Extended Diploma: Distinction, Distinction, Merit (128 UCAS tariff points)
  • Diploma: Accepted as part of the overall tariff
  • Subsidiary Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
  • Introductory Diploma: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Extended Project Qualification We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
International Baccalaureate Certificates 120–128 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Higher Level certificates.
International Baccalaureate (Diploma) An overall score of 31–33 points.
Scottish Highers 120–136 UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers 120–136 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.
T Levels We will recognise T Level qualifications at a suitable level (and in a suitable subject, if applicable). 

International entry requirements

You can find details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our entry requirements for non-UK students' page.

Please see below some examples of the qualifications for entry onto Year 1 September 2022 entry:

  • Chinese Senior High School Graduation Certificate (Huikao) average 80%, or Gaokao 71-80%. Grade depends on the course
  • Hong Kong HKDSE Diploma (4,4,4 – 4,4,5 from three subjects). Grade depends on the course
  • All India Senior School Certificate Examination (Standard XII) 70-80%
  • Italian Esame di Stato with 70-80%. Grade depends on the course
  • Titulo de Bachillerato with 7 or 8. Grade depends on the course

We offer a number of preparatory programmes through Bournemouth University International College. These courses offer you progression from High School in your home country to a Bachelor’s degree at BU.

Options include:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:

For September 2022 entry: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirement for your degree then why not join our Pre-Sessional English course? Successful completion of our Pre-Sessional English course will meet your English language requirement.

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

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 BU scholarships and bursaries on offer, as well as the Social Work Bursary.

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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