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Swansea University

UCAS Code: L500 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level

B,C,C

Please contact us to discuss entry

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE profiles need to include Welsh or English language and Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-32

330

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

DDM

Will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

104

We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

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About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Social work

If you want a career where you can make a real, positive difference to the lives of people and communities in vulnerable circumstances, then our Social Work degree is the ideal springboard. Social work is about encouraging change and human growth by supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and communities.

This professionally accredited course will give you the academic knowledge and practical experience to begin a career as a registered social worker. It attracts students interested in sociology, applied psychology and human development, health and social care, welfare studies, social policy, criminology, gender studies, Welsh studies, childhood studies and child care, family law and legal studies, community development and youth work.

You will spend half of your time on placement with social work agencies, learning through observation and practice, and the other half being taught on our Singleton Park campus.

You will develop excellent research and analytical skills and learn to communicate your ideas effectively both verbally and in writing.

Being based in the School of Health and Social Care, Wales’s largest provider of healthcare education, you will be immersed in a dynamic research and learning environment with many opportunities to build links with students from related disciplines.

You will be joining a Top 25 UK University (Guardian University Guide 2024)

Modules

Year 1
• Introduction to Social Work
• Introduction to Social Work Law
• Practice Learning
• Social Work in Practice
• Social Work Services in a Diverse Society: Ethics, Values and Anti-Discriminatory Practice
• Undertaking and Using Social Work Research for Practice

Year 2
• Legal issues in Social Work and Social Care
• Social Work in Practice
• Social Work Practice Learning
• Theories and Perspectives in Social Work

Year 3
• Applying Knowledge to Enhance Practice
• Critical Practice in Child Care
• Critical Practice in Adult Community Care
• Social Work Practice Learning

Assessment methods

Practice is an integral part of the course with 50% of the course, or 200 days, spent in practice with social work agencies, where you will have the opportunity to learn through observation, rehearsal and performance.

We assess your learning through written essays, oral presentations, group work tasks, IT-based exercises and portfolio work.

Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work and professional assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

Extra funding

September 2024 £9000. Fees for full time Undergraduate UK students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government

The Uni

Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Social Work, Social Policy and Social Research

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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.

74%
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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

56%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
47%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
10%
Male students
90%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
33%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Welfare professionals
13%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
6%
Public services and other associate professionals

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.

Social work

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

£17k

£17k

£23k

£23k

£32k

£32k

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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