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Social Work

Learn to support vulnerable members of society as a qualified social worker with this Health and Care Professions Council approved course

Qualification: MSc

UCAS code: L500

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Two years

Start date: September


Is this course for me?

Social workers are the advisers, advocates, and counsellors for the vulnerable and troubled members of society. As a social worker you'll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and inclusivity. Working towards solutions and managing individual's unique problems, social workers strive to improve the quality of life for others.

The choice to become a social worker is not a decision that should be taken lightly. We want people who are committed to their future career and determined to make a difference to the lives of others.

We're looking for students with life experience. Preferably students will have worked with a variety of people either in employment or as a volunteer. This may include working with young people, for a charity or in a care home. We want to see previous success of helping people and a determination to continue.

What will this course cover?

We've made sure that our course covers the standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so you can apply for registration as a social worker straight after the course.

The course combines classroom theory with real-life practice. You'll gain hands on experience working alongside current social workers. They'll be able to guide you, offer you advice and prepare you for your career.

Once qualified, you can work within a range of settings including local authorities, hospitals, and voluntary services for drug and alcohol users or youth justice services.

With an excellent teaching team to support you, we do all we can to prepare you for your career as a social worker. Your experiences at Bucks will shape your development and build your skills. By the time you leave you'll be independent and ready to make a difference.

Our lecturers have all worked in social work and draw upon their experiences to help you to understand the framework governing social work.

Year One

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 20
  • Sociology, Psychology and Social Policy for Social Work
  • Putting the Law into Practice
  • Preparation for Intervention with Service Users
  • Developing Social Work Skills for Practice
  • Practice Learning 1

Year Two

  • Dissertation
  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 10
  • Inter-Professional Practice
  • Practice Learning 2
  • Research Methods for Social Work

What are the entry requirements?

Typically students on this course will have a 2:1 degree. However you may be considered if you have a 2:2 and significant experience. Social work is both an academic and vocational course so it's important you show success in your previous education and have experience.

Students must hold GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or above, or equivalent. On the application form you must list all your qualifications.

Selection days
If your application is assessed as meeting our criteria, you will be invited to a selection day. Selection days are a crucial part of the application process for social work courses at Bucks. If you are invited to a selection day, you will take part in a group discussion and an individual interview. You will also have to complete a written test, for which you will be able to prepare in advance.

Once you have attended and participated fully in a selection day, we will then make a decision on whether to offer you a place and you will be informed via UCAS Track.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Home and EU students: £6,250 per year.

Bursaries
You may be eligible for a bursary for the second and third year of this course. Bursaries are awarded by the NHS Bursary Services Authority (NHSBSA) and there are a limited number available each year, so there is no guarantee that you will receive one. For further information about the NHS bursary scheme and the eligibility criteria, visit the NHSBSA website.

For information on fees and finance, please view our fees and funding section.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

For fees for international students, visit our international section.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

From day one we'll be preparing you for your future. We make sure all our graduates are confident, independent and ready for work.

Throughout your time with us we'll support you on your journey to becoming a Social Worker. We'll help you to develop crucial skills, enabling you to become flexible in your thinking and stay calm even in a crisis.

Here at Bucks, we have a high employability rate for social work. We make sure all our graduates leave confident in their skills and able to impress employers. We have good relationships with local employers who are always impressed with how prepared our graduates are for the transition from University to work.


I worked at Yeading Junior School for 70 days and go to work in one-on-one sessions with children and also dealt with parent groups to cover any issues they may have had. I benefited from the practical experience and it is a good link-up between the school and the University.

Abena Graham


I particularly enjoy the partnership with service users and carers. We are well supported by tutors and practice assessors. After just one year I am beginning to feel like a professional social worker.

Current Student


I have been very well supported on my placement by my practice educator and the whole placement team. There have been some excellent learning opportunities.

Current Student


This has been an amazing learning opportunity

Current student