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Social Work

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

L500

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years

Department

Department of Sports, Health Sciences and Social Work

Accreditation(s)

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


If you're interested in becoming a social worker, our Social Work BA leads to the qualification you need. As a graduate you can apply for social work registration in England with the HCPC.

Our degree consistently delivers high quality social work education. We have been approved by and teach to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England. And the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). 

Your practice-based learning includes two work placements. You'll work with your practice educator to develop your capabilities as part of the PCF.

Our lecturing staff base their teaching on evidence-based practice, promoting the most current social work research. 

You can study full-time over three years. Or choose part-time or mixed-mode study.  

We have links with Local Authority employers, local private voluntary and independent sector organisations. So it's likely you will secure a job before qualifying.

How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

  • BTEC extended diploma candidates should aim for grades DMM, preferably in a relevant subject area.
  • Experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people is needed. This experience should be sufficient to enable you to clearly demonstrate your commitment, motivation and understanding of social work's knowledge, skills and values.

Additionally, for applicants aged over 21 years:

  • Applicants who do not meet all of the academic entry criteria can still be considered if they have significant and relevant life or work experience with vulnerable people. However, we would expect to see all applicants with a GCSE at grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language plus further studies at level 3 - for example, an A-level or Open University course in a relevant subject.
  • Please note: all grades where stated are minimum requirements.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: 3 A-levels at grade BBC

GCSE: 3 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) to include Mathematics and English Language

Entry to the course through the accreditation by Oxford Brookes University of prior certificated learning will be considered.  

We welcome applications from people who already have a degree in another subject; you may be eligible for study at MA or PGDip level.

We also welcome applications from individuals sponsored or supported by their employer.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Screening

All applicants will be screened for fitness to practise and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be made.

Selection process

If you are short-listed you will be invited to an interview day which comprises a written test, a team exercise and an individual interview.

Information about health, criminal, employment and personal history will be collected on the day of interview, but will not be disclosed to the interview team or used to make a decision about making you an offer.

If you disclose something that needs further exploration, this will be done separately from the interview process and any offer of a place will be made on a conditional basis, while your circumstances are further assessed.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with no category scoring below 6.5.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU full time
£9,250

Home/EU part time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

2020/21
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to agreement by Office for Students)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time
£13,900

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


Our curriculum meets the requirement for social work registration, as defined by the former College of Social Work, Health and Care Professions Council and QAA Benchmark Statements.

Year 1 provides a common academic and skills foundation for all social work practice.

In Year 2 you will study specialist modules on social work with children and families, and adults and mental health. You will also take modules on research methods and interprofessional practice.
 
In both Years 2 and 3 you will take part in work-based placements (70 days in Year 2 and 100 days in Year 3). 
Placements could involve working with:

  • children
  • older people
  • disabled people
  • those who may have mental health issues. 

Placements offer opportunities to engage with service users in a real and meaningful way. You could work with statutory, voluntary, private or independent organisations. Placement settings include: 

  • hospitals
  • agency teams
  • family centres 
  • day centres
  • residential care settings.
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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Human Growth and Development

Law and Social Policy

Skills Development and Professional Communications

Evidence in Professional Practice

Safeguarding Vulnerable People

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Social Work with Adults

Social Work with Children and Young People

Mental Health for Social Workers

Support to Social Work

Working with Teams, Groups and Communities

Social Work Practice 1

Work Placement

In year 2 you will undertake a 70 day work-based placement. Placements could involve working with children or older people, people who are disabled or those who may have mental health issues. Statutory, voluntary, private and independent organisations all offer opportunities to engage with service users in a real and meaningful way. The settings include hospitals, agency teams, family centres, day centres and residential care settings. We offer a range of support mechanisms both within the University (including an academic adviser/link lecturer) and in the placement area itself. While on placement you will be supported by a named member of staff. Your capability in practice is assessed by a suitably qualified and experienced practice educator. Travel costs to / from placement may be incurred. Students may be eligible for a fixed contribution towards placement travel expenses through the social work bursary scheme.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Social Work Practice 2

Practice Learning Interventions

Professional Consolidation

Dissertation in Social Work

Decision Making and Social Well-being

Optional modules

Work Placement

In year 3 you will undertake a 100 day work-based placement. Placements could involve working with children or older people, people who are disabled or those who may have mental health issues. Statutory, voluntary, private and independent organisations all offer opportunities to engage with service users in a real and meaningful way. The settings include hospitals, agency teams, family centres, day centres and residential care settings. We offer a range of support mechanisms both within the University (including an academic adviser/link lecturer) and in the placement area itself. While on placement you will be supported by a named member of staff. Your capability in practice is assessed by a suitably qualified and experienced practice educator. Travel costs to / from placement may be incurred. Students may be eligible for a fixed contribution towards placement travel expenses through the social work bursary scheme.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching includes a blend of:

  • lectures
  • outside speakers
  • group work
  • multimedia.

We encourage active student participation. You will have opportunities to contribute your own knowledge and experience.

In Year 1 you'll develop your skills in our Communications Skills Suite using:

  • two-way mirrors
  • video recordings of your work
  • service user input.

IT plays an important role in our courses. An extensive range of learning resources are available through Moodle, our online resource bank. You will have access to:

  • lectures
  • handouts
  • information
  • learning exercises.

You will share you're learning with other health care students. This is essential to developing teamwork skills and an understanding of the other roles you will encounter in practice.

The majority of teaching and assessment activities take place between Mondays and Fridays 9am to 4pm. There may be occasions when activities fall outside of these hours.

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 30%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 70%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 30%
  • Placement - 11%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 59%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 9%
  • Placement - 34%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 57%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Our modules are assessed in a variety of ways including: 

  • written assignments
  • exams and class tests
  • portfolios
  • examined interviews
  • presentations
  • a dissertation.
     
  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 0%
  • Coursework - 100%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 13%
  • Coursework - 87%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

After you graduate


Career prospects

There are a wide range of job opportunities for social workers in a variety of settings, with the possibility of employment in the statutory, private, voluntary or independent sectors. Our careers service will support you in the development of your application skills.

Current data indicates that approximately 90% of students are in employment six months after finishing the course. Local authority and private, voluntary and independent partners employ many graduates who go on to undertake the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (AYSE).

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the BA (Hons) Social Work degree, students are eligible to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) but due to change to Social Work England.

Please note, HCPC approval for this course is subject to review and can be withdrawn at any time.

Further study

Oxford Brookes offers a variety of programmes suitable for studying at post-qualifying level, including our Social Work MA.

Our Staff


Ms Jill Childs

Programme Lead/ Principal Lecturer for BA and MA/ PG Dip Social Work, Jill Childs has a background in working with homeless people, particularly those who are disenfranchised and excluded from service provision.

Read more about Jill

Free language courses


Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Information from Unistats


Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.