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 Social Work England, graduating with an understanding of the fast-changing world of social work.
Our Social Work provision is ranked 4th in the UK and 2nd in England in the Guardian League Table 2021 (UK universities ranked by subject area: Social work)
Full-time: Three years, Part-time (employer sponsored only): Usually five years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston (Campus code: U)
In Year One you will complete 5 compulsory modules. The aim is to provide you with the skills, knowledge and competency to proceed to Year 2 and your first placement (70 days).
Semester 1 and 2
In Year Two you will undertake your first full-time placement (70 days) in Semester One and build upon this developing skills set, knowledge base and competency by completing further compulsory modules.
70 day full-time placement Monday to Friday
Our dedicated Practice Learning Team will source and allocate your placement.
In Year Three you will undertake your final full-time placement (100 days) and compulsory modules to complete your degree, leading to eligibility to apply for social work registration.
Semester 1 and 2
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 7.0 with no subscore lower than 7.0
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including English or equivalent
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
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.
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This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.