BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
25 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

Ranked No. 1 in the West Midlands / Region for Graduate Outcomes

100% Graduate Outcomes

100% Graduate Prospects

(The Complete University Guide, UG Subject League Tables, West Midlands Region, 2023)


Our undergraduate social work degree is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of individual and community wellbeing and health. You’ll learn key skills, knowledge and values necessary to excel in this career field.

This course offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience alongside studies. You’ll be able to complete a 70 day work placement in the second year of your studies, and a 100 day placement in your third year of studies.

Upon completion, you’ll have the necessary work experience and qualifications to get started in a career in social work.

Partnerships and facilities

The West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership - we are proud to be a part of The West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership, an initiative designed to improve the quality of education and training for social work students and practitioners across the West Midlands.

Approved by Social Work England (SWE) - our BA (Hons) Social Work degree also is approved by Social Work England for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with SWE as a social worker in England.

The Marches Centre for Excellence in Health and Social Care - students also get the opportunity to prepare for practice using cutting edge technology, including immersive reality and simulated practice from our Marches Centre for Excellence in Health and Social Care (developed in the Telford Campus). The practice relevance of the course is sustained by good communication with social work employers and collaboration with other education providers through our active engagement in the government-funded West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.

There are excellent campus facilities (libraries, well-equipped social learning spaces, catering) that contribute to a productive and enjoyable learning experience.

What are the educational aims of this social work degree?

  • Develop core social work values as identified by the British Association of Social Workers
  • Develop a knowledge base to underpin capable and effective practice, which is in line with the Professional Standards of Social Work England
  • Develop the necessary intellectual skills of critical thinking, inquiry and problem solving as applied to academic learning and to practice ethical, research minded and critically engaged practice
  • Develop a social work practice committed to social justice, which recognises structural inequality, and which seeks to counteract this.

What happens on the course?

Our BA (Hons) Social Work degree trains students for a career in social work roles, developing key theories, skills, methods and values in social work. You’ll learn about a range of key areas in social work, from life course development, to responding to harm, neglect, working with adults, children and families. 

The broad offering of this course allows students to experience a variety of roles and approaches within social work, and also gives you the opportunity to hone your skills in a particular area of your choice. For example, in social work for children and families.

The course includes two placement opportunities completed in years 2 and 3. We take an employability-driven approach, giving students the ability to gain real experience in a social work practice setting. This is completed over two separate 70 day and 100 day placements.

The assessments on this course are designed to replicate social work practice skills, including report writing, observational skills and care planning.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The Social Work Department at the University has Practice Learning Units in two Local Authorities providing increased opportunities for students to access high quality placement opportunities. It also directly employs eight qualified practice educators ensuring consistent and high-quality practice education for students.

The Marches Centre for Excellence in Health and Social Care, developed on the Telford Campus, offers students opportunity to prepare for practice using cutting edge technology, such as immersive reality, in simulated practice settings.

There are excellent campus facilities (libraries, well equipped social learning spaces, catering) that contribute to a productive and enjoyable learning experience.

  1. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
  2. Be able to engage in and demonstrate a critical analysis of the legal, political and social influences impacting on social work practice in a complex and changing environment, often characterised by ethical dilemmas or conflict of interests.
  3. conceptual understanding that enables the student:
    • to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline
    • to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.
  4. A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.
  5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Mandatory Costs:

  • Enhanced DBS required at a minimum cost of £40. The cost of the DBS is determined by the Government and further information can be found here - GOV.UK / Disclosure and Barring Service.
    Note - International checks (INTCC) as part of the DBS are required and costs vary by country..

Optional Costs

  • Various certified courses are available via My Course + More, ranging from £0-£200

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

Key Requirements

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - from three A Levels eg:  grades CCC
  • BTEC Extended Diploma MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (96 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at merit)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.


  • GCSE: English language and maths grades 9-4/A*-C or equivalent
    • Equivalent qualifications include the following at Level 2:
    • Functional Skills, Key Skills, Learn Direct.
  • Equivalency Test: If you have not achieved your Level 2 qualifications, you are eligible to take our University equivalency tests. The tests for this course are free of charge and can be taken completely online. Our admissions team will confirm in your offer if you are required to take one of these assessments.


Other Requirements

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and one satisfactory academic or employer reference   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.

Interview Information.
Read further information regarding interview preparation

DBS Police Check and Occupational Health.

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.  The regulator for Social Work is Social Work England. 

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 £40.00 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 the nature of social work and the geographical location of social work practice placements, you will be expected to travel and this may be for up to an hour and a half (90 minutes) from where you live to the placement agency. You will also be expected to travel as part of the placement day from the placement office to meetings and to undertake visits to people in their homes. You must ensure you have the time required to travel and can meet the travel costs. Having a driving license and your own transport is advantageous.


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


Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes ( will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and who do not require Tier 4 sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa.

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.

Don't have GCSE English and/or Maths? Take our Equivalency Assessments

We understand that not everyone is able to achieve GCSE Maths and English for a variety of reasons. Our equivalency assessments provide an opportunity for you to further your English and/or Maths skills ready for your studies, as well as being able to meet part of the entry requirements for many of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our online equivalency assessments are free of charge and accepted as the equivalent to a GCSE for the majority of our courses, however applicants of Initial Teacher Training courses will need to sit an on-campus equivalency test which costs £35. Find out more about our equivalency tests.

The course enables successful students to be eligible to register as a social worker to begin their careers in the profession.

The English qualification is accepted throughout the UK.

Graduates may return to the University of Wolverhampton (or any Higher Education Institute) to undertake courses as part of their continuing professional development (CPD), which is a requirement to maintain social work professional registration. These currently include Approved Mental Health Professional and Practice Educator courses, but additional courses are in development following policy changes related to the Mental Capacity Act. There is also the opportunity for candidates to enrol on a programme of doctoral study - either a Professional Doctorate or a more conventional PhD.

Social Work England

Approved by Social Work England (SWE) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with SWE as a social worker in England.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay these fees, subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

NHS Bursaries for Social Work Students

NHS social work bursaries can help with study and living costs, and do not need to be paid back. The number of bursary recipients for both part-time and full-time courses are limited (or ‘capped’), and there is no guarantee you will receive a bursary if your application is accepted and you take up an offer of a place on a social work course. Find out more about NHS Social Work Bursaries.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to pay.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

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.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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