BA (Hons)

Social Work

Adult and child hands
100%
Top
20
In the UK for Social work
in The Guardian University Guide 2019
  • UCAS code(s): L500
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

100% of our BA (Hons) Social Work students are satisfied with the course overall (National Student Survey 2018)

This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree will prepare you for the role of a social worker. It has been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrates both academic and practice work-based modules.

Do you want to make a difference to people's lives? Then our Social Work degree is for you. You will gain the knowledge and skills that could really change someone's life.

Why choose this course?

  • We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course content retains a focus on the people entitled to use the services. It also helps to ensure that you are ready for professional practice when you qualify.
  • Teaching is carried out by staff from a range of professional backgrounds and is underpinned by research, providing you with a great balance between academic and applied educational experiences. Throughout the course, we provide a strong emphasis on professionalism, values and the links between social work theory and practice.
  • You'll complete assessed placements, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces.
  • We’re a top 20 University for social work in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Learn from our experts

You'll be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are qualified professionals and come from a range of professional environments in social work and the health and social care sector. They are widely published in their field and the course content is informed by their specific research interests, which ensures you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience.

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100% of our undergraduate students are satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey 2018).

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and to society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree will prepare you for the role of a social worker. It has been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrates both academic and practice work-based modules.

You'll undertake an assessed placement which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces. These form an integral part of the assessment process and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations. Evidence-based practice and research underpin work in the social work arena, so you will explore what works in practice settings.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice

    This module aims to equip you with the skills and capabilities in preparation for the assessed placement in Year Two. The module includes 30 practice skill days, which are assessed; 10 of these days are on a shadowing or observational basis within an agency context, culminating in a readiness-to-practise interview and a portfolio of evidence to reflect the skills acquired. Reflective practice, social work values, and interpersonal and communication skills feature highly in this module.

    Reflective Assessment and Intervention Strategies

    Develop a comprehensive understanding and knowledge base of the critical elements of social work practice, in particular assessment and intervention. A combination of large group teaching, directed study, and workshops using interactive exercises will enable you to understand and apply relevant theories, methods and models to typical situations that require social work intervention. You will develop an understanding of the legal and policy frameworks that inform social work practice, as well as the historical context to social work professional development, social work ethical and value base. Anti-oppressive practice will be incorporated throughout the module as well as the importance of drawing upon evidence, including research, to inform social work practice.

    Life Course Development in Social Context

    You will be introduced to the nature and principal features of human development in contemporary social, material, and political contexts. There will be a strong emphasis on the bio-psychosocial features of child development and early family life as the foundation for later trajectories. A life-span development framework will be used throughout – representing human growth and development as the interplay of biological, psychological, social and historical factors – to explain unfolding events in the individual life course. Theories relating to key developmental processes of social work concern (e.g. attachment, transition, and loss) will be illustrated using a chronological account of the human life course. An understanding of increasing diversity in adult life will be developed by exploration from a sociological perspective of social change, political economy, and current events. You will therefore begin to develop a broad appreciation of the nature, causation, effects and lived experience of social problems such as mental health issues and family breakdown. Major influences on the adult life course, such as changing family structures, non-normative events and ageing processes, will be used to develop your understanding of the later life course.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Practice Placement (One)

    You'll complete an 80-day placement, and will carry responsibility for a range of work in order to demonstrate meeting the required learning outcomes according to the Professional Capabilities Framework and Knowledge and Skills Statements. A Practice Educator will provide supervision and support, and will assess you during your placement. You will also receive support from your personal tutor.

    Engaging with Professional Social Work Practice

    Building upon the knowledge and skills you will have acquired in Year One, you will develop your ability to adopt an enquiring and analytical approach to knowledge in social work, and build the skills for systematic enquiry and critical thinking in practice. You will also build your personal skills and aptitude to engage within practice settings, and meet the personal challenges these present.

    Legal and Statutory Responsibilities

    You will be equipped with the knowledge to know when statutory powers and duties should be used to prevent, or protect people from, harm; and how legislation can help ensure entitlements are met and rights promoted. Students will be taught to be confident and skilful in order to make complex decisions informed by the social work principles of equality, human rights and social justice.

    Social Policy

    You will explore contemporary social issues, welfare provision and socio-economic factors contributing to the social problems encountered by service users and their families. Studying social policy from the perspective of social work practice will enhance your understanding of the impact of social policies on marginalised and excluded groups.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Practice Placement (Two)

    In Year Three the placement increases to 90 days and must include a focus on statutory tasks. A Practice Educator will provide regular supervision and support to enable professional development and assess your practice according to the Knowledge and Skills Statements and Professional Capabilities Framework. Your personal tutor will also provide you with support.

    Delivering Professional Social Work Practice

    Promotes a resilient outlook in the ever-changing organisational environments in which social workers are employed. You will explore the application of social work skills in the workplace, and the requirement to have an ability to lead and contribute to the development of social work and the learning of others.

    Working with Individuals, Groups and Families

    Apply a more in-depth and critical social work perspective, with an emphasis on holistic interventions and systemic thinking. The module will enable you to manage risk and safeguard adults, children and families from abuse and harm. The module links with the final practice placement to provide a context for you to complete a final in-depth project, and will generate expertise in an area that is likely to be valued by potential employers.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Our BA (Hons) Social Work course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem-solving skills
  • group working
  • analysis
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • the ability to discuss a wide range of views effectively.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one, you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work.
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on.
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, your personal circumstances, or your university experience.

During your time on the course you will also have the support of a personal tutor, who will work with you on both academic and work-based learning throughout your degree.

Social Work at Nottingham Trent University is ranked 3rd out of 76 for the number of final year students who are satisfied with the feedback and assessment by lectures on their course, according to The Guardian's 2016 university league table.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors, and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Learning from experts

You'll be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are qualified professionals and come from a range of professional environments in social work and the health and social care sector. They are widely published in their field, and the course content is informed by their research interests, which ensures you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework-based essays, reports and presentations. You'll also be assessed using formal examinations and online tests. The Assessed Practice Learning Periods form an integral part of the assessment process, and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations.

In response to student feedback, the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (66%), written exam (17%), practical exam (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (66%), written exam (17%), practical exam (17%)
  • Year 3 coursework (100%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (68%) and placement (7%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (17%), independent study (54%) and placement (29%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (12%), independent study (44%) and placement (44%)

100% of BA (Hons) Social Work full-time students agree that staff are good at explaining things and have made the subject interesting (National Student Survey 2018)

Careers and employability

Our Social Work graduates get jobs — 100% of our BA (Hons) Social Work students are in employment or further study within six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016/17)

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Social Work graduates are following:*

  • Social Worker
  • Child Protection Social Worker
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Children and Family Social Worker
  • Community Forensic Mental Health Social Worker
  • Community Care Officer
  • Mental Health Practitioner/ Social Worker
  • Befriender
  • Support Worker
  • Refuge Support Worker

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Excellent work experience opportunities

You'll undertake an assessed placement, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces. These form an integral part of the assessment process, and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations.

In Year One you'll complete 30 practice skills days, which are incorporated into the Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice module – including a readiness-to-practice interview and 10 practice skill days in local agencies on a shadowing or observational basis.

In Year Two you'll complete 70 placement days, and then 100 days in your final year. We will endeavour to arrange your final placement in the setting you hope to work in after you qualify.

We have well-established partnerships with local social work agencies that provide opportunities for experience in a variety of settings, primarily in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Your career development

You'll graduate with the confidence, experience and ability to make a difference to people's lives.

Social work is very demanding and carries a lot of responsibility. It's also a regulated profession. All social workers must register with the regulator and agree to abide by a code of practice. On completing the degree you may be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and you will need to abide by a code of ethics and behaviour in relation to the profession. In addition, many employers will be offering an Assessed Year in Employment to newly qualified social workers.

Please be aware that an aegrotat award certificate allowing a student to obtain their degree despite illness etc., or any other exit award granted to students who do not complete the course, does not confer eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council register or for annotation of an individual’s current registration.

The course has an excellent employability record, and many of our students enter the profession by working in services for children or adults. Opportunities may also exist in social services departments, the private and independent sector, educational welfare, services such as guidance-providing agencies, careers services, and youth justice.

Our Employability team

We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course content retains a focus on the people entitled to use the services. It also helps to ensure that you are ready for professional practice when you qualify.

100% of BA (Hons) Social Work full-time students agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics (National Student Survey 2018)

Entry requirements

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

If you are working towards your GCSE English Literature or English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

Personal statement

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will need to submit a personal statement demonstrating:

  • an understanding of the role of a social worker and current social work issues
  • an insight into the statutory and regulatory aspects of social work and social work training
  • your social care work experience (paid or unpaid), and how this relates to social work
  • the length of time spent gaining relevant experience, and how this makes you suitable for social work training.

Other requirements

You will also need to:

  • undertake an interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user, a written test, and a role-play scenario
  • complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • declare any personal involvement with Children's and / or Adult Services by completing a Character Conduct form
  • confirm the ability to use a range of IT facilities including email, internet, and word processing.

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

Interview dates

Interview dates for 2019 entry are:

  • Wednesday 19 September 2018
  • Monday 29 October 2018
  • Tuesday 18 December 2018
  • Friday 11 January 2019
  • Wednesday 23 January 2019
  • Monday 4 February 2019
  • Monday 18 February 2019
  • Monday 4 March 2019
  • Friday 22 March 2019

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Important information

Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

If you are working towards your GCSE English Literature or English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will also need to:

  • demonstrate in your application your motivation to do the course
  • outline the length of time spent gaining relevant social care experience and the type of social care experience you have in your application, either paid or voluntary, that specifically demonstrates your suitability to practise Social Work
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of a social worker and current social work issues
  • take part in an interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user, and complete a written test and a role-play scenario
  • be familiar with the Professional Capability Framework's entry level requirements
  • to complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check (formally known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure)
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • declare whether you have had any personal involvement with Children's and / or Adult Services by completing a Character Conduct form
  • confirm the ability to use a range of IT facilities including email, internet and word processing.

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

Interview dates

Will be confirmed in due course.

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test, and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements, please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Important information

Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University, please contact our international team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be interested in our pre-Masters or Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), which leads onto this postgraduate or undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember that we can only make a decision based on what you tell us, so include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Important information

Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to NTU for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university, you must apply through UCAS.


Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here, you need to plan this into your application.

Important information

Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year’s entry.

Apply now

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Home / EU 
students
BA (Hons) Social Work£9,250

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Social Work Bursaries

The government revised how bursaries are paid for students studying social work. There is no guarantee that students studying social work will receive a Department of Health Bursary. If bursaries are awarded to universities, there is usually a limited number. Therefore the university nominates students to receive a bursary for their second year and third year based on academic and practice performance in the first year, which can take into account attendance and scores achieved during the recruitment process. We therefore cannot guarantee that all students who commence on this course in September 2018 will receive a bursary for Years Two and Three of their studies.

For more details about student social work bursaries, please visit NHS social work student bursaries.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

International
students
BA (Hons) Social Work£13,900

For international and EU fees for all courses, together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form, please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

School of Social Sciences Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460