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Bradford College

BA (Hons) Social Work

Study Level
No formal qualification
Course Type
Higher Education
3 Academic Year
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
Lister Building


On successful completion of this course, you will gain a BA (Hons) in Social Work degree.

Once you have been awarded this degree, you can register with Social Work England enabling you to practice as a qualified Social Worker.

This course is approved by Social Work England, who is our professional, statutory and regulatory body.

The Social Work degree at Bradford College combines applied academic study with social work placements leading to skills-based and academic assessments.

We work closely with the Bradford Teaching Partnership (which includes Bradford Council, the University of Bradford and Bradford Children and Families Trust), voluntary agencies and people with lived experience of social work (co-production).

All lecturers are qualified and experienced social workers who bring a wide variety of practice experience and professional wisdom.

  Key Info

First year modules introduce key themes such as human rights, social justice, social work theory, social policy and readiness for practise skills. This includes engaging in 20 skills days on a variety of social work themes and topics.

In the second year, students engage in subject specific learning such as social work with adults, social work with children and social work law. Students undertake a 70 day social work placement in a voluntary or statutory setting in semester 2. Academic study includes adversity, trauma and resilience and evidence based practise.

Third year students study higher level subject specific topics such as mental health social work and international social work. They undertake a 100 day placement with statutory involvement.

Tutors provide a high level of academic and pastoral support which is student centered.

A trauma informed approach is woven throughout the course.

  Qualification Gained: Bolton Institute BA (Hons) in Social Work - Bradford College

Year 4:

  • Introduction to Psychology and Human Development
  • Readiness for Direct Practice 1
  • Readiness for Direct Practice 2
  • Social Work Theory and Practice
  • Equality, Empowerment and Rights
  • The Politics of Social Policy

Year 5:

  • Adult Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Law
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Adversity, Trauma and Resilience
  • Preparation for Professional Practice 1
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Social Work with Children, Young People and Families

Year 6:

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

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

Entry to this course can also include:

  • An overall Access course pass, to include a minimum of 18 points at merit level.
  • IELTS level 7 in English for International students who are 2nd language speakers. This is the PSRB requirement.
  • An Enhanced Child/Adult DBS check is also a requirement.
  • You will be required to complete a health check.
  • You will be required to complete a Social Work Declaration form.
  • 100 hours of social work related experience.
  • A reference of good character and conduct.

Assessment includes:

  • Essays
  • Examination
  • Presentations – group and individual
  • Group work
  • Book club
  • Online forums and peer learning groups
  • Communication skills workshops
  • Assignments
  • Portfolios
  • Assessed skills days
  • Social Work assessment reports
  • Digital story telling
  • Recorded Role Plays
  • Direct observations in practice
  • Reflective journals
  • Case studies
  • Research in Practice

The course includes:

  • 70 days of placement in Year 2
  • 100 days of placement in Year 3

Placements are designed to develop and challenge your practice skills, knowledge and understanding.

Placement and college work are designed to support each other.

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will become qualified as Social Workers with entitlement to register with the professional body.

HE Tuition: £9,000.00 per academic 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.


If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact [email protected]

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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This course is delivered in partnership with
Social Work England