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Social Work

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Required subjects and grades: Critical Thinking is accepted. General Studies: Not accepted

An Access Diploma in a related area (social science-based) with a minimum of 60 credits, with 45 at Level 3 of which at least 30 are to be achieved with Distinction and 15 to be achieved with Merit

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above (or certificated equivalent)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

6,5,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall

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

DDM

BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma are accepted but a related BTEC subject area is required. Grades: BTEC Extended Diploma DDM; typical offers when offered in combination with A Levels: A in A Level + DM in BTEC Diploma or B in A Level + DD in BTEC Diploma; or AB in A Level + M in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or BB in A Level + D in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Accepted in place of a non-required A level with the equivalent grade.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

The Social Work BA degree will give you a fascinating and dynamic experience, learning first-hand from service users, carers and practitioners, as well as our world leading academics. A career in social work is incredibly rewarding and plays a vital role within society, working in communities with vulnerable individuals and families to help improve their life’s outcomes, by protecting them from harm and abuse.

Throughout the Social Work degree there will be an emphasis on the fundamental professional principles, including a commitment to human rights, social justice, equality, diversity and inclusion. Key areas of practice, such as communication, relationship-based practice, and working collaboratively within organisations, are explored throughout our stimulating programme.

There are also opportunities for inter-professional education, working with students from other health related disciplines, to develop your understanding of how social workers need to work together with other related professions to provide holistic support.

As a student on our BA Social Work degree, you will become part of social work history, by studying in the oldest social work department in the country.

**Why study BA Social Work at Birmingham?**
- You will complete 70 days, professional practice learning, whilst studying on the course

- You will complete a further 100-day professional practice learning placement during your time at Birmingham

- There are additional opportunities to undertake further specialist placement-related teaching in areas of specific interest

- The course is approved by Social Work England for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration as a social worker in England after graduating

- There is a clear progression from the social work degree to professional practice and a significant number of our graduates find work in the agency or authority where they have been placed and many others are successful in gaining employment within the region

Modules

For a full list of modules and their descriptions, please visit our course page https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/social-policy/social-work.aspx

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Birmingham

Department:

School of Social Policy

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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.

55%
low
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

59%
Staff make the subject interesting
72%
Staff are good at explaining things
66%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

79%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
31%
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
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
18%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
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.

£26,500
med
Average annual salary
91%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

66%
Welfare professionals
12%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
7%
Teaching and educational 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.

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

£30k

£30k

£31k

£31k

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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