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Social Work, BA Hons

Study a social work degree with strong work placements and good employment prospects. The majority of our graduates gain employment in local social work, voluntary and social welfare agencies.

This social work degree provides academic knowledge and practical skills you will need for a social work career. You will explore a range of social issues, within children and families and adult social work.

Our teaching staff are active in research and experts in their fields while social work placements with local authorities will give you the skills required to practise as a social worker. Graduates can apply to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, and subsequently with Social Work England when the regulator changes in late 2019, to become a social worker.

UCAS points

120 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

L500 A BA/SW

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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2020/2021 fees

What you should know about this course

  • If you are passionate about making a difference in the community our expert tutors will guide you on this fully rounded course with excellent employability prospects
  • 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, and subsequently to Social Work England (SWE) when the regulator changes in late 2019.
  • Located across the University's iconic Greenwich Campus.

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

Social Work, BA Hons


Want to find out what studying Social Work at the University of Greenwich is like? Hear from one of the academics who teaches the course, Dr Panagiotis Pentaris.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

We are an experienced team of academics and industry professionals. Trained postgraduate researchers may also contribute to seminar teaching with latest research insight. Our teaching is informed by research and consultancy work and 97% of our faculty lecturers hold a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

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 4 (C) or equivalent key skills level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy.

Plus experience of caring or supporting children or adults at risk. This may be in relation to paid or voluntary work and might be combined with caring in a personal capacity. The skills and understanding of social work gained from the experience should be discussed and reflected upon in your personal statement.

Applicants will also be required to attend an interview.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

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.
  • Attend an interview at a Selection Day.
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check occupational health screening and meet residential regulations.
  • Provide a current, valid passport or travel documents, if invited to a selection day.

Please note: if you are applying via UCAS, references will only be accepted from a professional email address.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

Teaching

In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • 1-to-1 tutorials

Further details to be confirmed.

Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary by module. Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees. All students will have opportunities for 1-to-1 time with their tutors.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate around 30 hours a week to self-study. This may involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, and preparing for tests and exams. Our facilities are designed to support you in these activities.

We encourage you to join societies and participate in sporting and other activities to engage in the wider life of the university community.

Overall workload

Your overall workload may consist of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc.), independent learning, and assessments.

Each credit equates to around 10 hours of study. So, if you receive 50 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you will be expected to complete 250 hours of independent study to complete the module successfully. Contact hours may vary depending on your modules.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework

Further details to be confirmed.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include ‘practice’ assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assignments and to release examination results within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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2020/2021 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Accommodation pages

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies (estimate, £100 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs (£4.55/month).

The NHS Bursary Office is separate to the University but offers funding for Social Work students. Students will need to apply for this separately.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Our relationship with our partner agencies and social welfare organisations was commended by the HCPC. Our degree has strong work placement arrangements with local authorities as well as the private and voluntary sectors.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

We offer you the chance to enhance your personal growth and develop further into a profession with competitive skills.This degree will prepare you to practice as a social worker, once registered with HCPC.

Do you provide employability services?

Our Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We aim to empower our students to achieve their potential, with support including:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Some students may be eligible to participate in the +Erasmus student exchange course to spend a year abroad. Benefit from international experience and develop proficiency in a European language.

Accommodation information

Accommodation pages

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