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 as a professional 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.  

Talk to students studying Social Work below: 

What happens on the course?

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'.

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.

We are proud to be apart of The West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership - which is funded by the Department for Education designed to strengthen the quality of education and training for social work students and practitioners across the West Midlands. Find out more here.



Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • We're proud to confirm our £300 travel fund helping eligible new UK full-time undergraduate entrants* with the costs of travel continues for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21! For further information please click here. 

  • 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.

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.







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 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
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

GCSE at grade C/4+  (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics  Equivalent qualifications include Key Skills Level 2; Learn Direct Level 2; and Functional Skills Level 2

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


  • 120 UCAS points
  • A Levels - from three A Levels eg:  grades BBB
  • Access to HE Diploma Full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 30 must be at Level 3 Distinction (120 UCAS point equivalence)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

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 one satisfactory academic or employer reference https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/2---check-the-entry-requirements/references/.   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.

Read further information regarding interview preparation

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 nature of social work, you will are expected to travel. Having a driving licence 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 (https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Home-or-Overseas-fees-the-basics) 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 www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies or telephone SFE on 0300 100 0607.

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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