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BA (Hons)

Social Work

3 Years
September 2024
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.

Why study with us

  • Joint
    in the UK for graduate prospects (on track)
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
    Complete University Guide (Social Work)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for career prospects
    Guardian University Guide (Social work)
  • On completion of this degree, you’ll be eligible to apply to Social Work England for registration as a social worker.
  • We have developed our Social Work course in partnership with key stakeholders. Including social work service users, carers, and representatives from social work agencies.
  • Gain international experience. Students have visited Amsterdam, Cyprus, Toronto and Krakow to learn about social work organisations.

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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.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

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.

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Discover our facilities, explore campus and talk to academic staff and students about the courses you want to study at one of our autumn Open Days.

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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.​

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

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£9,250 per year
Full-time£17,000 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

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