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Social Work

Entry requirements


118 - 134 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.

31 - 33 points

128 tariff points (Grade DDM)

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Accepted as part of the overall tariff

Accepted as part of the overall tariff.

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

DDM

128 tariff points (Grade DDM)

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

Accepted as part of the overall tariff.

120 - 136 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two Scottish Advanced Highers.

120 - 136 UCAS tariff points from Scottish Highers

UCAS Tariff

120-136

120 - 136 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.

Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Social work

**This course is now full for September 2021 entry. You may still apply, but your application may be held on a waiting list (either prior to or following an interview). If your application is on a waiting list, we will inform you if a space becomes available by the end of June.**

**Why study BA (Hons) Social Work at BU?**
- This course is ranked 1st in its subject area according to the 2021 Guardian League tables

- We have close ties with local employers, as well as our service user and care partnerships, so you will have the opportunity to develop strong working relationships with those already in the profession.

- Statutory placements throughout the course mean you will gain lots of relevant experience, operating in real-world settings.

- You’ll leave us equipped with the specialist knowledge and practical skills needed to deal with issues in areas including child protection, fostering and adoption, adult safeguarding, mental health, substance use, hospital discharge and disability.

- This course is approved by Social Work England, which means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on successful completion of the course.

Modules

You will benefit from extensive placement opportunities from year one, including a 70 day placement in year two and a 100 day placement in year three. You will study a range of topics such as working with adults, children and; families, family intervention and mental health and substance abuse.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Social Sciences and Social Work

TEF rating:
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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.

70%
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

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

86%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
9%
Male students
91%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

89%
Welfare professionals
5%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
5%
Caring personal services

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.

£26k

£26k

£29k

£29k

£27k

£27k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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