The Institute of Community and Society

Social Work

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years

The course is designed for students who want to enter professional social work, a profession which engages with people who experience levels of social disadvantage and/or discrimination.

The course is designed for students who want to enter professional social work, a profession which engages with people who experience levels of social disadvantage and/or discrimination.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L500
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  • Start Date(s) 23 September 2019, 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School The Institute of Community and Society

Why choose this course?

The course is designed for students who want to enter professional social work, a profession which engages with people who experience levels of social disadvantage and/or discrimination. Typically you will want ‘to make a difference’ to help enhance people’s lives at a personal and structural level; to counter discrimination and oppression. The course will equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills, as well as encouraging and enabling you to explore the value base necessary for qualified social workers. It will also prepare you for 170 days of practice over two placements.


This course will prepare you for social work practice and make you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Social Worker which is mandatory for practice within the UK.

At the point of graduation you will have met the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for qualifying social work programmes and you will also have a broad academic and practice based understanding of social work through placement experiences, supported by wide reading and research.  

All teaching staff on the course are qualified and registered social work practitioners, drawn directly from social work practice. Their varied experiences and expertise will enhance your opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of social work and social care. Mental Health, Children and Families, Child Protection, Learning Difficulties, Adult Care, Palliative Care, Fostering and Adoption, HIV/AIDS, Substance Misuse, and Youth Justice being just some examples of the diversity of experiences on offer.


What happens on the course?

Over the three years of studying this course, you will complete a range of modules from theory based, to practical placement based modules. Below you will see an example of the structure and modules you may study whilst at this university.

There are 170 days spent on placement in practice settings for which you complete a portfolio.  There are also skills days to support and prepare you further for placement and practice including up to 5 days of 'shadowing'.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Social Work enables you to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for Registered Social Worker status. It is a generic qualification that enables you to work as a qualified social worker within statutory, private/independent and voluntary sector organisations. The generic nature of the course means that, on qualification, you can choose your preferred area of practice and, as a qualifying degree it is recognised both nationally and internationally.

On qualifying many people choose to work for an employer who is part of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) scheme. This government funded scheme provides additional support to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW’s) during the first 12 months of employment. Participating employers offer training that directly relates to your new role, more frequent supervision and a reduced caseload.   

One of the benefits of a career in social work is the range of opportunities available. Whether you choose a career working with children and families, in youth justice, with older adults, people with learning or physical disabilities or in mental health services you will find a range of career paths available. Many people progress to Senior Social Worker/Senior Practitioner posts and assume more supervisory and management responsibilities before moving on to management positions. Alternatively, you may find that you prefer to remain in practice and/or develop specialist skills in a particular area.

As a registered professional you will be required to maintain your registration and show evidence of continual professional development (CPD) throughout your working life. There are a range of additional specialist qualifications that you can pursue. For example, you may go on to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Best Interests Assessor, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Assessor. Some people choose to develop the academic side of their career by studying for a Masters Degree or PhD; others become involved in teaching, training and the supervision of student placements.

In terms of salary you can expect higher salaries in statutory local authority social work than in the private and voluntary sectors; and in urban as opposed to rural areas with London salaries being the highest. For an idea of what to expect once you qualify check the job adverts on Community Care.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The social work course is developed around the professional body (HCPC), National and European requirements. The course at the University of Wolverhampton has some excellent features including:

  • Opportunities for inter-disciplinary learning with other professional groups.
  • Approved placement opportunities across a range of settings in the statutory and independent sector.
  • Visiting lecturers from Germany, France, Sweden and the Netherlands. There is a strong commitment to International Social Work on the award.
  • Placement learning model: there are placement module leaders who ensure that the learning on placement is fully integrated into the curriculum; running a series of support workshops to facilitate this transferable learning. 
  • Ethical practice is a core component of our curriculum. Specifically, it begins in year one, continues throughout the practice modules, and culminates in a year three module which focuses upon the identification and resolution of ‘ethical dilemmas’ in practice.
  • Skills development work supported by service users, carers and practitioners form an integral part of the course.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit


Social Work Skills Assessment Flat

Engage in real life scenarios in the University's skills assessment flat. Walking in, the flat could be any home in any town or city, with a double and a single bedroom, bathroom, lounge, and kitchen. Here students role-play situations to test their reactions, knowledge, and resilience to incidents they could easily face on day one of the job. There are TV screens in two rooms to enable the rest of the peer group to watch the scenario and give advice or suggestions.

Meet the Staff: 


Social Work is a value based profession that requires a range of skills for effective practice. A fundamental value that underpins the profession is a commitment to the wellbeing of others and to promote autonomy and empowerment. Equality, being non-judgemental and non-discriminatory, promotion of human rights and social justice are other values that social workers strive to uphold.

Relationships are at the heart of social work and skills of interpersonal competence are important for effective practice. These include but are not limited to good communication, reflective abilities, empathy, respect for and acceptance of difference and diversity in others. Skills of planning, goal setting and prioritisation, analytical abilities and time management are important abilities that social workers need to develop. Leadership and team work skills are crucial organisational skills that are also required in practice.

The undergraduate degree in social work seeks to inculcate strong values in students and to foster the development of a skill base that will enable them to function effectively as qualified professionals. We provide a range of supervised placement experiences, opportunities to shadow seasoned professionals, workshops, skills labs and small group activities to nurture appropriate values and the development of skills.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs:

  • DBS required at a minimum cost of £50

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

GCSE at grade C+ / 4 (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics plus

Please note we do NOT accept GCSE Short Courses or GCSE Equivalence Tests from other institutions or organisations.

  • BCC from 3 'A' Levels at grades A, B, C or above
  • BTEC National Diploma at a D*D
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma at grade DMM/BTEC QCF Diploma at grade D*D
  • OCR National Extended Diploma at a M2 grade
  • CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education at a B grade
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 with at least 24 of these Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction.  12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in English and 12 credits at Level 2 or 3 in Mathematics would meet GCSE maths and English grade C+/equivalence.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Relevant work experience, especially in a social care or health setting is desirable.

Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and two references (academic and employer). A minimum of 3 months work experience in a relevant area such as a social care or health setting, paid or on a voluntary basis is highly desirable. We also consider life experience for example, if you are or have been a carer or if you have experience of the care system and are able to reflect on these experiences we would consider your application.   

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be invited to an assessment day where you will be assessed in comprehension, verbal ability and suitability for social work. Interview panels will include, whenever possible, employer and service-user/carer representatives.

Due to the professional nature of this course you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.  Arrangements for Social Work registration are changing with the regulatory functions of the Health and Social Professional Council (HCPC) taking to be replaced by another body in the near future. 

If you have accepted a Conditional Offer made by the University of Wolverhampton you will receive correspondence asking you to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The charge for this will be a DBS fee of £44.00 and a £6.00 ID check service fee. You will also need to complete an occupational health assessment questionnaire prior to starting the course.

Due to nature of social work, you will are expected to travel. Having a driving licence and your own transport is advantageous.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course


Previous Study

Please note we will not accept applicants onto our professional courses who have been unsuccessful on professional courses at other institutions of higher education

This course is not available to international students who are living overseas. Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom.

Please note than an offer of a place at the University does not guarantee eligibility for student funding. To confirm that you meet the residency criteria go to or telephone SFE on 0300 100 0607.

Charlotte Chambers

Charlotte Chambers
BA (Hons) Social Work

Charlotte graduated from the BA (Hons) Social Work course, and studied at the Wolverhampton City campus. She had her heart set on studying at Wolverhampton from the beginning and wasn’t disappointed when she arrived:

“On arrival at the University I was made comfortable by the lecturers and by my peers, we were all just as nervous as each other! The lecturers were approachable and really helpful.”

“I found the lectures are well structured and full of new and exciting knowledge, which keeps the class interested. The lectures are set in an open and approachable manner, which means myself and peers felt able to ask questions.”

Charlotte feels she made the right choice choosing Wolverhampton: “being on this course made me feel confident and I can see that the knowledge I received is becoming part of my life.  I was very happy being a student at the University of Wolverhampton.”

Health and Care Professions Council, the (HCPC)

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a social worker in England.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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