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.
UCAS CODE: L500
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.
What are the course 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.
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.
Year 1 Modules
- Developing Social Work Skills for Practice
- Practice Learning 1
- Preparation for Intervention with Service Users
- Putting the Law into Practice
- Sociology, Psychology and Social Policy for Social Work
- Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 20
Year 2 Modules
- Inter-Professional Practice
- Practice Learning 2
- Research Methods for Social Work
- Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 10
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: £6,750 per year
Full Time International: £11,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for 2017. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations. For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Postgraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow