BA (Hons) in Social Work

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Program Description

Overview

Would you like to have a career that makes a positive contribution to society? If so, our stimulating and challenging Social Work degree could be for you. Our Social Work degree combines practical experience with theory and gives you the professional qualification you need to practise social work and help change people’s lives. We're ranked joint 1st in the UK for Social Work (The National Student Survey 2017).

You’ll be taught by qualified social workers and members of national and international social work organisations. Our course content draws on the latest knowledge and experience of people working in social work today. Social workers are often involved in complex and difficult situations, as well as meaningful work. We equip you with the skills you need to successfully deal with the variety of social problems you could encounter in social work.

For entry onto this highly regarded course, you’ll need to demonstrate some involvement with social work, the care system or a related field prior to starting the degree. This can take the form of volunteering or unpaid work.

Course details

Semesters 1-3

You’ll follow introductory courses in Sociology and Social Policy to give you an understanding of the wider context for social work.

In addition, you’ll take four modules that introduce you to social work knowledge, skills, law and policy, and one which incorporates community-based practice. You’ll also take two other modules of your choice.

Semesters 4-8

You’ll benefit from working alongside postgraduate students who are studying social work at MSc level. Through a combination of well-supported work placements and classroom learning, you’ll cover:

  • How to apply theory to social work practice, with two assessed practice placements in Semesters 5 and 6. You’ll work directly with people who use social services, as well as being supported and supervised by qualified social workers and other professionals.
  • Specific social work skills in relation to different members of society, including: children; families; people with disabilities and people who offend.
  • In your fourth year, you’ll write an Honours dissertation and carry out a piece of empirical research. We believe it’s vital to have experience in carrying out research to understand its relevance in practice.

What can you do with a social work degree?

Our BA (Hons) Social Work degree will equip you for social work jobs throughout the UK and in a variety of settings, including local authorities, prisons, hospitals and non-governmental organisations. The nature of the work is extremely varied and you can move between different work settings throughout your career.

  • Our Social Work graduates earn an average salary of £32,000 six months after they complete the course (UNISTATS)

Career opportunities

This degree equips you for social work jobs throughout the UK, in a variety of settings including: local authorities, prisons, hospitals and voluntary organisations. The nature of the work is extremely varied and there is the capacity to move between different work settings throughout your career.

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Overseas students (non-EU): £12,140
  • Scottish and EU students: £1,820
  • Students from the rest of the UK: £9,250
Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

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