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BSc (Hons)
Social Work

Social workers provide support in a variety of settings that enables people to help themselves when faced with life’s challenges. Social workers also work to ensure that vulnerable people, including children and adults, are supported and safeguarded from harm.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: L504

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Are you a ‘people person’? Do you have a genuine interest in people? Do you possess patience and perseverance? Then you could potentially become a social worker. As a professionally registered social worker you’ll make a difference to people’s lives.

Gain experience with working with vulnerable groups
Knowing how to help someone overcome their challenges isn’t easy. This course gives you the insight and knowledge to help them overcome barriers. Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practice experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers. You’ll also gain an understanding of how social work fits in with UK government policy and legislation.

Become a qualified social worker
This course will prepare you to safeguard both adults and children as part of a multi- disciplinary team as well as deal with issues as varied as school truancy, drug and alcohol abuse, housing and benefit difficulties and helping people get back into work. Once qualified, you can go into a range of settings including local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services, youth justice services and many more.

But your options don't just stop at social work. You'll gain the necessary skills and knowledge that employers value such as team-working skills, high level communications skills, problem-solving skills and analytical and evaluative skills.

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We recognise how crucial social workers are in the community. We’ve made sure that our course covers the standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so our graduates can apply for registration as a professional social worker straight away.

Learn from lecturers who are experts in their field
Our lecturers, all of whom are former social work practitioners, have a rich vein of practice experience from which to draw to bring your learning to life and to ensure theory is always linked to practice. Tutors ensure they remain up to date with the latest sector changes and many of them lead, or are otherwise involved in forums, discussing and influencing the future of social work. Many of the course lecturers are also published authors in the field of social work.

Study within a community of like-minded people
One of the best things about studying Social Work is sharing the experience with other students. Some days will be intensely emotional, so it’s important that you have a friendly team around you. Throughout the course you’ll be supported by your fellow students as well as the teaching team. And you’ll work with social workers who understand exactly what you’re going through.

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Year One

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20
  • Lifespan Development
  • The Context of Social Work
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Ethics and Values
  • Society and Social Work
  • Social Policy and Social Work
  • Developing Social Work Skills for Practice

Year Two

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5
  • Social Work Law
  • Social Work Theory and Processes
  • Working with Children and Families
  • Working with Mental Health Service Users
  • Working with Adults
  • Practice Learning 1
  • Practitioner Researcher

Year Three

  • Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5
  • Practice Learning 2
  • Organisations, Management and Change
  • Inter-Professional Practice
  • Dissertation
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What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 96-112. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required.  Access to Higher Education certificate (in a relevant subject) will normally require at least 45 credits at Level 3 with average unit passes of merit overall. Every application is considered on an individual basis. 

On the application form you must list all your qualifications.

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

Selection days
If your application is successful, 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.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

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

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

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.


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.

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What are my career prospects?

Qualified social workers practise in a wide range of settings in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. These may include local authorities, hospitals, voluntary services for drug and alcohol users, mental health services and youth justice services.

There is a good choice of career options for suitably qualified people. Once qualified, social workers continue to undertake post-qualifying training to enhance and develop their knowledge and skills, so that they maintain their place on the register.

Our students have worked with organisations such as:

Students have also gone on to work with agencies like the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

We run work placements for our students, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

The course taught me how to support people with making positive differences in their own lives, and how social work itself is about inspiring and empowering others. But in order to achieve that, you can never stop listening and being inspired by others along the way.

Gail Parfitt

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

Daniel James

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 organisations 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 Buck New 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 as a newly qualified social worker in September.

Rena Matthew

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.


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