Become a HCPC accredited social worker, equipped to practice in a range of settings, with the BA (Hons) in Social Work.
You’ll learn the latest theory and gain hands-on practical experience, in a research-led learning environment. The programme has been developed in close collaboration with partner social work agencies to ensure you develop the skills you need to excel in this challenging profession.
You will study subjects such as:
- ethics and values in social work
- effective communication
- social policy and legislation
You will learn a range of practice skills to ensure you can work effectively with individuals, families and groups, including the use of art, play and role play.
In years two and three you will develop real-world experience on practice learning modules, enabling you to apply your knowledge in social work settings.
On graduation you will have a wide range of career opportunities open to you in both the public and private sector. You will also have the tools you need to go on to further study, teaching, and research.
This course has approval by the Health and Care Professions Council and relevant government departments. This means successful completion of the course will result in a social work qualification recognised by the HCPC (formerly accredited by the General Social Care Council). If you complete the course successfully you will be awarded an Honours degree in Social Work and will be eligible for registration with the HCPC as a qualified Social Worker.
Typical offer – 120 UCAS tariff points.
We take into consideration a number of factors when assessing your application. It’s not just about your grades; we take the time to understand your personal circumstances and make decisions based on your potential to thrive at university and beyond.
Including at least 80 points from two full A-levels.
BTEC Extended Diploma
DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.
Applicants on Access Programmes
Meet UCAS Tariff of 120 — there are no specific subject requirements.
International Baccalaureate requirements
120 UCAS tariff points to include at least 80 points from 2 HL subjects. Plus HL 3 or SL 4 in Maths and English Language and Literature A or English B.
Plus minimum of
GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).
Additional entry requirements
At the point of application, applicants need to demonstrate they have a minimum of 100 hours of relevant social care work experience. This should have been undertaken within the last two years.
Experience in a social care setting (either paid or voluntary) is essential. We also welcome experience in social work overseas, either because you lived there or because you have undertaken paid or voluntary work in another country. Relevant social care experience includes direct work with people and could include:
- Direct work with people who need practical or emotional help or support either through face-to-face work or on an individual or group basis or telephone work.
- Mentoring or counselling.
- Care work (such as working as a health care assistant).
- Youth work.
- Working with children or young people who are socially excluded or have additional emotional and/or practical support needs.
- Placements through school or college which has been undertaken within the last 2 years at the point of application.
- Personal experience of caring for a relative or friend where you have had first-hand experience of social services or social work intervention; having a parent(s) who is a foster carer.
- Personal experience as a service-user of social work intervention.
We attach importance not only to the amount of experience that you have gained but crucially to the learning that you have gained from it and are able to bring to the course and your professional development. It is helpful if you include the following information in your personal statement:
- Your roles and responsibilities.
- Reflections on the ways in which your experience has helped to prepare you for social work
As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.
English language requirements
Minimum IELTS at 7.0 or the equivalent.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course.
CIFS entry requirement
If you are an International student and do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Certificate of International Foundation Studies
80 UCAS points or equivalent (see individual country pages for details) plus a Maths qualification equivalent to GCSE Grade C and a minimum of 100 hours of relevant social care work experience and reflective personal statement. UKVI approved IELTS of 6.5 overall with no sub-test less than 6.5. In addition applicants will need to succeed in the selection/interview process for the degree programme.
CIFS modules to be taken
Students study the four core modules plus:
- Introduction to the Social Sciences
And ONE additional module from the following:
- Global Business Environment
- Foundation in Human Biology
- Foundation in Chemistry
- Foundation Mathematics 2
Progression requirements for degree programme
An overall average of at least 60% and at least 60% in English Language for Specific Academic Purposes with additional sub-test requirements.
All module information is subject to change.
Introduction to Social Work (SOW4001-B)
Social Work Values and Ethics (SOW4002-B)
Academic, Personal and Professional Development (SOW4006-B)
Communication Skills: Children and Adults (SOW4005-B)
Readiness for Social Work Practice (SOW4009-B)
Service Users’ and Carers’ Perspectives (SOW4008-B)
Child and Family Social Work (SOW5001-B)
Practice Learning I (SOW5003-D)
Working with Adults (SOW5004-B)
Mental Distress Across the Life Course (SOW5010-B)
Cultural and International Perspectives in Social Work (SOW6013-B)
Organisations and Professional Development (SOW6002-B)
Research Methods for Social Workers (SOW6003-D)
Practice Learning II (SOW6004-D)
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
There are a wide range of opportunities available in the public sector: in local authorities, the criminal justice field, social service departments, voluntary sector organisations, family service units, resource centres, women’s aid, counselling schemes, residential or day care work, and in both the local and national civil service. Many of our graduates also go on to work in the private sector or go on to further study, teaching and research.
97% of our 2017 graduates in Social Work found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*
The average starting salary for our 2017 Social Work graduates was £23,628.*
*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.
Learning and assessment
We recognise that students all learn in different ways and our teaching and assessment methods reflect this.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
You will be allocated a personal academic tutor who will support you in your studies. Assessment methods include academic essays, group presentations, poster presentations and portfolios.
In addition to your academic studies, the Division of Social Work and Social Care has a strong history of supporting our students to develop their employability skills.