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Social Work

BSc (Hons)

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What is Social Work BSc (Hons)?

Social workers make a difference to people in need of support – helping them through difficult times, through assessing, supporting and safeguarding. They often work with people who are in crisis and need help with making positive changes in peoples’ daily life. This degree will equip you with the expertise you need to become an exceptional social worker, challenging discrimination and oppression, whilst advocating for social justice and fairness in support and services delivered to a diversity of individuals and groups in society.

You’ll study lots of different areas of social work practice including contemporary social issues impacting on people’s lives. You will be prepared for social work practice with children and families, adults and mental health. You will be taught about the importance of social work knowledge, values and skills which will help you form positive working relationships, communicate effectively and promote social justice and human rights. Recognised by the Social Work England (SWE), you’ll be eligible to apply for professional social work registration on graduation.

Study style

Learning is interactive – with engaging lectures, lots of group work, discussion and debate, role plays and case study projects. We have a supportive social work learning community which includes students, staff, experts by experience, carers and practitioners. You’ll also undertake practice placements in your second and third year and have an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people you support and assist.

Developing knowledge of moral and legal frameworks, you’ll learn to make good decisions for the individuals and families you work with, considering law, human rights, risks and responsibilities. You’ll examine people and relationships, attachment and separation-loss theories, as well as human development from childhood to old age. You’ll also explore discrimination, oppression and advocacy, developing skills in anti-oppressive practice to ensure you get the best outcomes for those you work with, empowering people to take control of their situations and live safe and fulfilling lives.

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Entry requirements

    • 104 tariff points (calculate your points at UCAS.com)

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, for example:
      BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

       

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS check.

    • Selection for this course is by interview. Please refer to our interview guide for further information.

Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Yeovil College University Centre L503 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester L503 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester L503
Sep 2022 Yeovil College University Centre L503

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to become a Social Worker.

Industry links

Supported professional practice is a core part of the course. We have strong connections with third sector, independent agencies and local authorities – we regularly host social workers in lectures and organise shadowing days in social work teams. You’ll hear from leading practitioners and work with recovering addicts and ex-offenders in lectures and workshops.

The course is taught by experienced social workers in a highly supportive environment – their experience spanning the range of social work specialities:

  • children, families and young people
  • adults; conflict in communities
  • mental health and social work law.

Gain first-hand experience in a courtroom

As part of the Law and Social Policy module in your first year, you’ll visit court hearings and witness first-hand how social work law is applied and contested. This will give you essential insight into the skills required for presenting evidence as a qualified social worker.

Law students plractising in the moot court room

Learn from experienced social workers

Alongside our social-work qualified lecturing team, you’ll hear from guest practitioners. Recent guests have included Professor Ray Jones, former director of social services, media spokesperson and author and professionals from BASW, the Law Commission and CCP.

A lecturer on the Social Work course talking to a student

Connect with local authorities

We have strong connections with third sector, independent agencies and local authorities in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire. A high proportion of students progress into graduate roles after their placements within these organisations.

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Social Work - Student Voice - NSS 2020

Our Social Work courses rank in the top 15% in the UK for student voice according to the National Student Survey 2020.

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Social Work - Value Added - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Social Work course rank in the UK top 10 for value added, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

Trips and experiences

In your first year, you’ll visit court hearings and witness first-hand how social work law is applied and contested. This will give you essential insight into the skills required for presenting evidence as a qualified Social Worker.

Placements

From shadowing social workers to undertaking work placements with statutory social work teams, substance misuse charities, homeless hostels and children’s centres, you’ll make a difference to the lives of people in need through professional practice, right from your first year.

Our students have undertaken work placements with Gloucestershire Asylum Seeker and Refugee Advocacy Service (GARAS), Countrywide Community Projects (CCP) – plus Gloucestershire and Herefordshire county councils, and the Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust who are key employers of Social Workers locally. A high proportion of students progress into graduate roles after being on their social work placements within these organisations.

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