Course Overview

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. You have the option of completing Level Four over two years, leading to an award at the end of four years.

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. The course will move to the new social work regulator, Social Work England from 2nd December 2019.

Social work is a regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a social work student you will be expected to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on successful completion of the course and adhere to the standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the HCPC also regulate the performance of social work courses. For more information visit:

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.

Course Structure

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 and people with mental health issues. We are committed to helping you to develop skills in effective anti-discriminatory practice.

Modules Covered

Level 4:

  • Introduction to Psychology and Human Development
  • Personal and Interpersonal Development
  • Personal and Professional Development and Readiness for Direct Practice 1
  • Social Work Theory and Practice
  • The Politics of Social Policy
  • Values, Law and Justice.

Level 5:

  • Adult Social Work Practice
  • Inter-Professional Working
  • Law and Application to Social Work Practice
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Social Work Practice with Children, Young People and Families.

Level 6:

  • Preparation for Professional Practice 2
  • International Social Work
  • Globalisation, Diversity and Cultural Difference in Social
  • Inclusive Assessment and Decision Making
  • Personal and Professional Development and Readiness for Professional Practice 3
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Independent Research Project.

Learning Methods

The course aims to provide you with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience to succeed in the Social Work profession. You will develop a deep understanding of the application of Social Work theory in practice over the three years of the degree programme. You will especially be encouraged to explore your understanding of values and discrimination and will be challenged in a supportive environment to develop your skills and knowledge in these areas.

You will interact with the curriculum through involvement in student led seminars, presentations and discussions. The development of independent learning and leadership skills, including self-evaluation and conscious awareness of effective learning techniques is promoted through interactive teaching approaches such as personal tutorials, email and Moodle.

At each Level, you will study aspects of Social Work and theory and your professional and personal development will be assessed to professional standards.


Teaching Methods

We provide excellent support for you through a variety of teaching methods including individual tutorials as well as support whilst on placement.

Blended learning through Moodle, the College's virtual learning environment, is used in all modules.


We use a range of assessment methods including:

  • essays
  • assignments
  • presentations
  • examinations
  • portfolios
  • assessed skills days
  • Social Work Assessment Reports
  • Digital Story Telling
  • Role plays

Work Placement/Fieldwork

The course includes placements of 70 days in Level 5 and 100 days in Level 6, which are designed to develop and challenge your practice skills, knowledge and understanding. Placement and college work are well integrated to support your professional development.

What's Next?

This qualification will allow you to specialise in mental health, children & families and adult practice.

Entry Requirements

120 UCAS tariff points. English and Mathematics GCSE at Grade C or equivalent qualification. IELTS level 7 in English for International students who are second language speakers.

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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 require a Satisfactory enhanced DBS (Disclosure and barring Service)check which you will be required to pay for yourself, in addition you will also require a health check for admission to this course.


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.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088503 (HE).
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Fees Information

We believe that quality degrees should not cost the earth. That's why our competitive tuition fees provide you with a quality experience that includes more taught hours than those at most universities, good levels of tutor access, and support with small teaching groups. More information on our competitive tuition fees

Programme Specification