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Bradford College

BA (Hons) Social Work

Qualification Gained
BA (Hons) Social Work (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
University, Level 6
3 years Full-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Lister Building


The course combines academic study with practice to give you a challenging professional qualification in Social Work.

Together with Social Services departments and Voluntary Agencies, we plan and manage your programme.

We are committed to increasing the involvement of carers and people that use the services of Social Workers in the programme planning and delivery.

This course is approved by the new social work regulator, Social Work England.

As a social work student, you will be expected to register with Social Work England on successful completion of the course and adhere to the standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

To help inform your decision, our Student Ambassadors would be more than willing to share their experiences with you as part of the application process.

  Key Info

Some modules are studied alongside students on other Higher Education courses including Community and Youth Work routes, giving you a great opportunity to share experiences.

Other modules are specifically designed to meet the needs of Social Workers and will develop your skills in:

  • Working with Children and Families
  • People with Learning and Physical Disabilities
  • Older People
  • People with Mental Health Issues

We are committed to helping you to develop skills in effective anti-discriminatory practice.

You will be encouraged to explore your understanding of values and discrimination and will be challenged in a supportive environment to develop your skills and knowledge. We provide excellent support for you through a variety of tutorial methods, as well as in your practice placement.

Level 4:

  • Introduction to Psychology and Human Development
  • Personal and Interpersonal Development
  • Readiness for Practice
  • Social Work Theory and Practice
  • The Politics of Social Policy
  • Values, Law and Justice

Level 5:

  • Adult Social Work Practice
  • Inter-Professional Working
  • Social Work Law
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Social Work with Children, Young People and Families

Level 6:

  • International Social Work Practice
  • Mental Health Social Work
  • Inclusive Assessment and Decision Making
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Practice Based Research
  • Preparation for Professional Practice 2


Entry to this course requires 120 UCAS tariff points, as well as GCSE English at a grade 4 or C.

An Enhanced DBS check is also a requirement. Additionally, you will be required to complete a health check.

There may be opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for academic work in the last five years.

You should also provide evidence of 100 hours of paid or voluntary work experience before starting the course.

You will be required to undertake a written exercise and a group exercise and you will be interviewed as part of the selection procedure. We are looking for a commitment to social work as a career and to the values of anti-discriminatory practice and social inclusion.

We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admission team for further information and support.

Assessment includes:

  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Portfolios
  • Assessed Skills Days
  • Social Work Assessment Reports
  • Digital Story Telling
  • Role Play

The course includes placements of 70 days in Level 2 and 100 days in Level 3, which are designed to develop and challenge your practice skills, knowledge and understanding.

Placement and college work are designed to support each other.

Successful completion of this course will allow you to specialise in mental health, children and families and adult practice. You may choose to progress to further study or employment in the Social Work and Care sector.

Full-time: £9,000 per year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.


Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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