Under- graduate


Preston and Burnley

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, Part-time (employer sponsored only): Usually five years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L500; Short form: BA/SW

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Social workers work with a wide cross section of society, which includes a significant proportion of some of the most disadvantaged and excluded people in our society. Do you think you have what it takes to help these people? Our social work course has been developed in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, including social work service users and carers, and representatives from social work agencies. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills and values required to qualify as a social worker and will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, graduating with an understanding of the fast-changing world of social work. 

National Student Survey 2017
Social Work at UCLan - 91.9% satisfaction for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt.

Entry Requirements

112 UCAS Points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Pass Access course 30 level 3 credits at Distinction.
International Baccalaureate: 30P
GCSE: including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS Grade 7 with no subscore lower than 6.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Non-academic requirements

At Shortlisting

In addition to clearly demonstrating how they will meet the academic requirements of the course, applicants must demonstrate significant relevant experience and should indicate a clear motivation for applying for the course on their UCAS statement. Significant experience refers to experience which develops relevant values and skills and applicants’ understanding of social work roles.
Applicants must provide one satisfactory reference on their UCAS form, ideally an academic reference where applicants have been in education within the past three years, otherwise a reference which supports the above statement relating to experience.

At Applicant Days

  • Applicants must pass a written test
  • Applicants must pass an interview.
  • Applicants must sign a declaration confirming competence in IT.

Declarations of Suitability

Candidates who are successful in their written test and interview must complete a Declaration of Suitability form in which they will make declarations in respect to criminal convictions, conduct, health and overseas residency.
Where declarations are made the School Suitability Panel will consider those declarations in respect to its terms of reference. The panel may require that the candidate submits further information or evidence. The panel may withdraw any offers of places on the course in line with its terms of reference.

Open Day (Saturday 18 November 2017) - Register Now

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • SW1067 - Social Justice in practice, Level 4 (20 credits)
  • SW1068 - Human Growth & Development, Level 4 (20 credits)
  • SW1069 - Learning from Service Users and Carers Experience and Knowledge, Level 4 (20 credits)
  • SW1070 - Law & Safeguarding, Level 4 (20 credits)
  • SW1071 - Communication & Interpersonal Skills, Level 4 (20 credits)
  • SW1072 - Preparation for Social Work Practice, Level 4 (20 credits)


    • Year 2

    • SW2069 - Working with children, young people and families, Level 5 (40 credits)
    • SW2070 - Personalisation & Citizenship; empowering adult service users, Level 5 (20 credits)
    • SW2071 - Social Perspectives on mental health & distress, Level 5 (20 credits)
    • SW2073 - Social Work Practice 1: Applying Theory, Methods and Research, Level 5 (40 credits)
    • Year 3

    • SW3071 - Leadership, Enterprise, Employability and the Future of Welfare, Level 6 (20 credits)
    • SW3072 - Social Work Practice 2: Critical Application of Theory, Methods and Research, Level 6 (40 credits)
    • SW3073 - Research for Specialist Professional Practice, Level 6 (40 credits)
    • SW3074 - Psychosocial Studies, Level 6 (20 credits)
    • Further Information

      On BA (Hons) Social Work, you’ll benefit from small group tutorials and one-on-ones with tutors. Your personal tutor will work with you and visit you both when you’re in the field, as well as on campus. We have lots of extra-curricular activities including a dedicated social work film club, offering monthly film screenings around relevant, book clubs, and course outings. The course also has a strong international element. Recently students have visited Amsterdam, Cyprus, Toronto and Krakow, visiting other social work institutions. Furthermore, we have a fairly large percentage of mature students, which adds to your learning experience due to a mix of ages, perspectives and previous experience.

      The qualification and final placement really helped me to prepare for my job application and interview. I was offered a job in the team where I was on placement. Brilliant.


      In recent years the School of Social Work research seminar series has provided a forum for new/early career researchers and for established researchers and academics to present their research and encourage debate about a range of topics, research methods and approaches bringing together students, researchers, practitioners, academics, stakeholders and service user/carer groups. Recent seminar topics have included: Peer Support in the Transition from Hospital to Home for People with Mental Health Problems; Drug and Alcohol dependency amongst LGB people; and Adolescent Sexual Coercion.


      For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

      For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

      Apply Now

      You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

      Contact Us

      +44(0)1772 892400

      Fees 2018/19

      Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
      Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

      *Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

      Further information:

      For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

      Scholarships and bursaries

      DBS Checks

      This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

      Industry Links

      The degree has been approved by the The Health and Care Professions Council (H.C.P.C).

      In 2005, the Government introduced a legal restriction which resulted in the protection of the title Social Worker. This means only suitably qualified and registered social workers can described themselves as such. Successful completion of this course means that you will be eligible to apply go on the Social Work Register of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). It is important to point out that being a student on this course does not guarantee that you will eventually be registered with the HCPC. The HCPC are an independent body who retain the right to make their own decisions regarding who they accept on the register.

      Professional Accreditation

      This programme has been endorsed by TCSW as having met the social work professional quality criteria.

      Learning Environment and Assessment

      Teaching and learning opportunities include lectures, seminars, student-led projects, presentations, e-learning, discussion groups, workshops, self directed study, and work based learning. Social work practitioners and service users and carers contribute to course delivery.

      Academic assessments include; essays, exams, presentations, case studies, oral interviews, practice placements, portfolios and a practice based literature review.

      Staff in the School are supportive, encouraging and have a background in social work.


      Completion of this degree makes you eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a social worker. You could enter a career in social work working with children and families, youth justice, older adults, mental health, community care, children and adults with disabilities, education welfare, and substance misuse. This may be in a variety of settings in the statutory sector or in a vast range of voluntary and independent agencies.

      Recent graduates have successfully gained employment in social work teams in a variety of settings such as parenting and family support teams, youth justice, community drug teams and community mental health teams. Some graduates returned to the School to undertake post qualifying courses for experienced practitioners and continue their academic study.

      Great final placement with statutory experiences; it was very challenging but rewarding.

      NSS Results 2016

      Students who completed the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) and studied Social Work courses rated UCLan in the Top 20 of universities in the UK for assessment, feedback and personal development.