Social Work (BSc Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Social workers make a difference to people in need of support, helping them through difficult times, safeguarding, caring for and undertaking crisis intervention to support positive change in circumstances and wellbeing. This degree will equip you with the expertise you need to become exceptional in the field.

Recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you'll be eligible to apply for professional social work registration on graduation.

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

You’ll hear from leading practitioners and work with recovering addicts and ex-offenders in lectures and workshops. Children and families, substance misuse, psychology and a commitment to promoting social justice and human rights for decision-making are core elements of the course.

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 will examine people and relationships, attachment and separation-loss theories, as well as human development from childhood to old age. You will also explore social oppression and advocacy, developing skills in anti-oppressive practice to ensure you get the best results for those you work with.

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Study style

Learning is interactive with 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, service users, carers and practitioners.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Law and Social Policy' to 'Substance Use and Misuse'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

104 tariff points

Typical offers

BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have any questions.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.

Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

Don’t yet meet these entry requirements? Consider our Health and Social Care CertHE while you work towards this course.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-timeL503


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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.  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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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.

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.

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Strong connections 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.  Graduates will be eligible to seek registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

School of Health and Social Care

Our School of Health and Social Care offers you access to the latest equipment, facilities and placements to bring learning to life and make you a confident practising professional. We will support you to care for yourself so you'll be more resilient and efficient when caring for others.

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