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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, much 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 tackle 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 for drug and alcohol users or youth justice services.

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.

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.

Year One

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

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include a UCAS Tariff score of 240-280, or an 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. 

You must also hold GCSE's in English and Maths at Grade C or above, or equivalent, ie Numeracy and Literacy at Level 2.

Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning
The programme positively supports applicants who wish to accredit their prior certificated (APCL) learning. If an applicant has a prior qualification at BSc level that may exempt them from part of the course the student may apply for accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning. All applications are assessed at the faculty credit accumulation and transfer scheme committee.  Any application for APCL credit must be based on prior learning or experience at a suitable level that is equivalent to the exemption being applied for.  The maximum amount of credit that can be applied for is 50% not including the final placement or dissertation.

All applicants who apply for APCL will have their certificated learning closely mapped to the learning outcomes of the module/s in question, to ensure that the relevant HCPC standards of proficiency (SOPs) have been previously met.  AP(E)L is not considered as part of the admissions to this programme.

If you wish to find out more about making an APEL application, contact our Admissions Team on 0330 123 2023.

English language requirements for international applicants are IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,000 per year
Full-time International: £9,500 per year

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.

Visit our Why Bucks? section to discover what studying at Bucks could mean for you.

How do I apply?

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

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, 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:

  • Buckinghamshire County Council
  • Barnardo’s
  • NHS Mental Health Trusts
  • Hestia Housing
  • The Prince’s Trust
  • The National Autistic Society

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

Places for this course are still available in Clearing.

Call our phone line on 0330 123 2023 or apply now

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