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Social Work

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents. Including one of the following: Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science at A-level or level 3 equivalent Excluding General Studies

AS

A,A-C,C

120 UCAS points A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications Including either Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science at A-level or level 3 equivalent Excluding General Studies

Pass with 60 credits including 45 at Level 3, of which 24 Level 3 credits are at merit / distinction.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable equivalents: - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number and Communication

HNC (BTEC)

P

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 Must be in a related pathway

HND (BTEC)

P

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 Must be in a Health/Science related pathway

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

" Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 120 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H1-H7 (or A-D/A1-D3 up to and including 2016)) Must include one Health or Science related subject

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

120 UCAS points in a Health or Science related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

128 UCAS points ideally in a Health/Science related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

128 UCAS points ideally in a Health/Science related subject

120 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science

Achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers) Must include one Health or Science related subject

Achieve a minimum of 120 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers Must include one Health or Science related subject

UCAS Tariff

120

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

120 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) Either this qualification or an accompanying A-level / level 3 equivalent must be in Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science"

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

The role of a social worker involves working with vulnerable people across all ages and cultures to build trusting, respectful relationships. This programme will develop you into a supportive and highly skilled social worker, ready for a challenging but rewarding career. You will combine personal skills such as listening and communication with the ability to assess, act and work in partnership with service users and other professionals. Our curriculum follows the Professional Capabilities Framework and proficiency standards for social work, building evidence for your portfolio, reviewing key issues in social work practice and incorporating challenging scenarios.

Our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - the independent regulator for England. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to register with the HCPC to practice as a professional social worker. Our course is also endorsed by the College of Social Work and is well known for producing excellent practitioners capable of operating in local authority, voluntary or private settings.

Extracurricular opportunities exist for international visits exist outside term time through our Go Abroad scheme to enrich your experience. A few students per year also get the opportunity to attend International Social Work Week in the Netherlands.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City South Campus, Edgbaston

Department:

School of Education and Social Work

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
med
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

68%
Staff make the subject interesting
84%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Health and social care

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£25k

£25k

£26k

£26k

£25k

£25k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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