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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 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £6,250 per year. 
Full-time International: £9,400 per year.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

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.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

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

I decided to pursue a career in social work, after working in administration and facilities management for over ten years, and have not looked back since starting the course.

The teaching at Bucks is varied, stimulating and informative and I have been made to reflect deeply on my thoughts and feelings.

I have felt very supported throughout my first year, and I have just completed my first placement with the Iris Partnership who are the first port of call for all drug and alcohol advice, referral, and assessment in Reading. Although it was a steep learning curve I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and acquired many new skills that will aid me in my final statutory placement.

My tutor and practice educator have supported and encouraged me along the way, and I feel optimistic going into my final year with Bucks.

I am confident that I will continue to be challenged and that I will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge that I have gained from the course to my practice in my final placement.

My goal is to eventually work with children and families, with the aim of continuing the valuable work that social workers already do.


I embarked on social work training as a second career, after working in business for ten years.

I started by doing care work for people with dementia in a care home, and from there I realised that I liked working with people and wanted to work more in that caring way.

I was really impressed by the whole experience of the course. The tutors challenge you to develop yourself and the placements enable you to apply the knowledge and skills that you learn on the course.

The experience that you gain during your placements also makes a big difference when you are looking for a job because you can show direct experience of working with children, older people or other services.


I have recently passed my degree in BSc (Hons) Social Work which has been a challenging but rewarding experience. I decided to complete this course as I am passionate about supporting and empowering individuals. I have had many opportunities on my placements to be able to learn and reflect on my knowledge, theory and skills.

During my first placement I was based within a children's charity, it provided arts based intervention for those in primary and secondary school. This enabled me to understand different methods of communicating with children and providing the support needed.

My final placement was based with an adult social services local authority team where I was able to learn the organisation's policies and procedures, as well as the role of social worker in this specific setting.

I really enjoyed my statutory placement as I became very confident when working with service users and have been able to apply theory and legislation learnt during my academic studies.

This degree and the University has made me feel more confident for the future. My future plan is to be able to complete my Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) as a newly qualified social worker in September.