Undergraduate prospectus 2022/23

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 social work regulator, Social Work England.

The BA Social Work at the University of Greenwich was approved in December 2020 in accordance with Social Work England Qualifying Education and Training Standards 2019.

UCAS points

120 (view full requirements)(full requirements below)

Course/institution codes

L500 G BA/SW

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

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

Start month

September

Home/international fees 2022/23

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • Our degree ranks first In London for satisfaction with teaching - Guardian Guide 2020.
  • 92% Overall Student Satisfaction in Social Work (2020 National Student Survey).
  • 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.
  • When you complete this course you become eligible to register with Social Work England (SWE).

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.

  • The teachers and lecturer's couldn't be any more helpful, it's easy to have a chat with them and they get you involved in doing different things. I couldn't ask for better teaching really.

    - Demi, BA Hons Social Work

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Got a question?

To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

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 a selection day and take an online test.

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 and take an online test.
  • Provide a current, valid passport or travel documents, if invited to a selection day
  • Suitability declaration.

Please note: 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

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2021/22. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2021/22 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.

Teaching

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

  • Timetabled learning
  • Independent study

You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.

Seminars and workshops 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. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your 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

Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.

You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, 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.

Official statistics on Discover Uni

Full time

Part time

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.

2022/23 fees0

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

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.

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. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

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

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.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

‘If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

‘If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.