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BA (Hons)

Social Work

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

Are you passionate about helping those in need? Our Social Work degree aligns with Social Work England's professional standards and prepares you to work with some of our society's most marginalised and disadvantaged people.

We have developed our Social Work course in partnership with key stakeholders. Including social work service users, carers, and representatives from social work agencies. So you’ll be well prepared for the fast-changing and challenging world of social work.

You can choose to study this course at either our Preston Campus or at our Burnley Campus. What's more, the course aligns with Social Work England's professional standards, which means when you graduate, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with Social Work England.

Why study with us

  • On completion of this degree, you’ll be eligible to apply to Social Work England for registration as a social worker.
  • Our Social Work degrees are ranked 4th in the UK and 2nd in England in the Guardian League Table 2021.
  • Gain international experience. Students have visited Amsterdam, Cyprus, Toronto and Krakow to learn about social work organisations.

Interested in working with children and young people?

Our Children, Schools & Families (Graduate Practitioner) BA Hons Undergraduate degree offers the perfect route by blending a range of subject areas including education, sociology, psychology, social policy and social work into a unique degree.

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Study Social Work

  • You will benefit from 170 days of practice placements and 30 skills delivery days.
  • Our diverse intake adds a valuable mix of ages, perspectives and previous experience to your learning.
  • A member of our academic staff will visit you on your placement to support you.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Visit us on a university Open Day

Come and discover why our campus is the perfect place for you. You can ask current students about their experiences and immerse yourself in campus and accommodation tours.

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Social Work course facilities


  • This course was approved by the Health and Care Professions Council and is now approved by Social Work England, the specialist body who regulates social workers in their vital roles.​
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How to become a social worker

To become a social worker, you’ll need to be qualified at degree level. You should have excellent listening and communication skills, resilience, and creativity.

On completion of the three year undergraduate social work course, you’ll need to register with Social Work England, or the regulator relevant to where you live and work. After doing this you will be able to apply for jobs.

You can also become a social worker by completing a degree apprenticeship.

Careers in Social Work

After graduating you could become a social worker in a range of areas, such as:

  • children and families
  • youth justice
  • older adults
  • mental health
  • community care
  • children and adults with disabilities
  • education welfare
  • substance misuse

Depending on your interests, you may work in the public or private sectors or in a variety of voluntary and independent agencies. 

Students who recently graduated from our social work course are employed as social workers in a variety of settings. Such as parenting and family support teams, juvenile justice, community drug treatment teams, and community mental health clinics.

There is also the option to continue your studies by completing a post-qualifying course.

Academic Expertise

There are two Foundation routes available for entry onto this course:

Visit the course pages to decide which route would be best for you.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Social Work, Care and Community located in the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page