BA (Hons)

Social Work

3 years
September 2024

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)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for research quality
    Times Good 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 degree 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.

A day on campus

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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Saresh Mohammad, Usman Ahmed, Nicola Harris, & Saana Mohammed - MA Social Work

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Social Work class
Social Work class

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.
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The tutors are really supportive – they tell you what your development areas are, helping you progress to your full calibre.
Student Centre and University Square
Usman Ahmed
Social Work graduate


For Year 1 module Preparation for Social Work Practice (SW1072), you must pass ‘Readiness for Social Work Practice’ before you can start your placement learning experience.

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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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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My experience has been amazing, allowing me to do many new things and meet people and memories I will cherish forever.
Tia Louise Townley
BA (Hons) Social Work
United Kingdom

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 where you live and work. After doing this you will be able to apply for jobs.

Read our guide on how to become a social worker.

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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
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Academic Expertise

Katie Martin
Katie Martin
Senior Lecturer in Social Care and Social Policy
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Katie is course lead for the MA in Social Work, module lead for core modules within this course and teaches across a range of subjects related to social work and social care. Katie is a Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and also a member of the following UCLan Resea…

Mike Blackmon
Senior Lecturer
School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Mike joined UCLan in October 2006 and within his remit provides regular contributions to teaching across several programmes within the School. Mike’s particular teaching areas include substance misuse, youth justice, social policy and sociology. Mike is currently the academic cou…

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£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