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Social Work, BA Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • If you are passionate about making a difference in the community our expert tutors will guide you on this fully rounded course with a 93% employability rate
  • If you’re looking for hands on experience, our degree has strong work placement arrangements with local authorities and the voluntary sector
  • You will receive a recommendation to the Health and Care Professions Council to be a registered social worker.
  • Located across the Universities iconic Greenwich Maritime Campus



Would you excel in crisis situations where adults and children may be at risk?

Becoming a social worker requires not only compassion but a high level of commitment and resilience. Our degree will provide you with practical experience, knowledge and skills to ensure you are ready for the demands of a diverse career in social work and care.

This professional entry qualification will result in a recommendation to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to become a registered social worker.

Your programme

During your time with us, you will complete two social work practice placements amounting to 170 practice days and 30 days of Advanced Skills Development days. These practice related experiences will prepare you to undertake statutory and non-statutory interventions upon qualifying. They provide you with skills you require to practice as a  social worker. You will also gain a vital understanding of various social work perspectives, theories, models and evidence based practice.


Our degree has strong work placement arrangements with local authorities and voluntary sector.

Our relationship with our partner agencies and social welfare organisations was commended by the HCPC.


Teaching staff are research-active and experts in their respective field. We develop graduates who are critical, independent thinkers, who base their practice on research and sources of evidence. We have well-equipped facilities to support your activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques.


Our degree has a 93% employability rate in local social work, voluntary and social welfare agencies. A significant number of students who are already in work, go on to achieve a promotion within two years of graduating.

We pride ourselves in combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience, which is why our department is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey.


Located at the University of Greenwich's prestigious Maritime campus, the BA Hons Social Work programme has world renowned attractions right on its doorstep from The Cutty Sark to the River Thames.

With the opening of the highly anticipated Dreadnought building on the horizon, not only will you study in the heart of the Greenwich campus, you will have access to state of the art learning, teaching and social spaces.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 UCAS points from A-levels, of which no more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • CACHE Level 3 diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • An approved Access Diploma in Higher Education (with a minimum of 2 distinctions in the course modules)
  • IELTS score of 7 or more with no component being less than 6.5.

Plus at least three GCSEs including English Language and Mathematics with a minimum of grade C or equivalent key skills level 2 or 3 in Literacy and Numeracy.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education and demonstrated competence in English and mathematics equivalent to GCSE grade C. 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have an IELTS score of 7 or more with no component being less than 6.5 or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

Applicants should be eligible to apply for an NHS Social Work bursary (but should note a cap on the number of bursaries available to the programme now applies), be self-funded or will be funded by their employer.

For more information, contact or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

Candidates will be required to:

  • Provide recent evidence of caring or supporting vulnerable people in a working or voluntary capacity, this might be combined with caring in a personal capacity.This must be discussed and reflected upon in your personal statement
  • Undertake selection tests and an interview
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check occupational health screening and meet residential regulations
  • Provide a current, valid passport on the day, if invited to a selection day.

What people say

Greenwich was my first choice, as it had a reputation for high-quality teaching with research, as well as diverse statutory, voluntary and private-sector placement opportunities. From the moment I embarked on the programme, I have not been disappointed.

Mikhail Mohammed
BA Hons Social Work

The skills we learn in the classroom are built upon further while out on placement and I have been able to work alongside some excellent practice educators who have taught me a great deal.

Rachelle Roberts
BA Hons Social Work

In the first year I learnt key communication skills, introductory law and theory. The varied teaching from lecturers, visiting speakers, workshops, Service Users and other students also help every type of learner to participate in an extremely active learning environment. The involvement of the Service Users in the development of student's professional practice has been beyond my expectations, it has shaped the kind of Social Worker that I will strive to be! I have no doubt that this course is preparing me well for the realities of Social Work.

Cassy Terry
BA Hons Social Work

Extra information


Examinations and coursework, including essays, projects and case studies.


Employment opportunities in social work settings exist in either social welfare organisations, in statutory, voluntary and independent sectors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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