BA (Hons) Social Work


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Newport (Campus code - C )



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Entry Requirements

  • 280 UCAS tariff points, eg, BBC at A-levels (excluding General Studies).
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, to include Mathematics and English Language or equivalents.
  • Relevant Work Experience – At least 12 weeks (approximately 420 hours) carried out in a supervised social care setting/agency with a reference from the supervisor submitted with your application.
  • Enhanced DBS check.

Access course requirements: Must complete 60 credits overall with at least 45 at level 3 and 15 at level 2. Of the 45 credits at level 3, you will need a minimum of 6 distinctions, 33 merits and 6 passes. *If you do not have the Mathematics GCSE at grade C you will need to complete 12 level 2 credits in Numeracy within your Access course.
*If you do not have the English Language GCSE at grade C you will need to complete 12 level 2 credits in Communication within your Access course.
Please note we not accept the online Access course for entry onto this course

Applications taken for only one branch of Nursing/Midwifery or Social Work.

2014 Update

The University is unable to accept any further applications for this course for entry September 2014 due to the unprecedented number of applications that have been submitted. If you are interested in studying a related course at the University please visit the following web pages:

BN Nursing (Learning Disabilities)
BSc Health and Social Care
Foundation Degree Community Health and Well Being

Interviewed Course

Yes, as part of a three Tier Selection Process. Tutors will explain the course content and you will be given the opportunity to ask us questions in addition to us assessing your suitability for the course. In exceptional circumstances, this can be done via Skype if necessary.
Interviews will take place on 21st and 28th Feburary 2014.


Social Work aims to advance the social conditions of communities and individuals within them. The social work programme at USW has established excellent partnerships with Monmouth, Newport and Blaenau Gwent Local Authority Social Services Departments.

About BA (Hons) Social Work

Essential Information

Throughout the BA (Hons) Social Work* degree you will develop a theoretical understanding of key areas including the role of the social worker, communication skills, legislation and policy and challenging discrimination.

Practice Learning Opportunities (PLO) within the statutory and voluntary sectors are designed to develop your knowledge, skills and practice ability to prepare you for your future career as a qualified registered social worker.

The social work programme has established excellent partnerships with Monmouth, Newport and Blaenau Gwent Local Authority Social Services Departments.

*For 2015 entry, this course will change to a BSc (Hons) Social Work at the Caerleon campus (subject to validation).

What you will study

Year 1

  • Service Users, Carers and Communities
  • The Legislative and Policy Context of Social Work
  • Human Growth and Communication Skills
  • Understanding Society
  • Role of the Social Work Practitioner (including the block 20-day Practice Learning Opportunity)
  • Technologies for the Professional Environment (mandatory module for those without ECDL or equivalent)

Year 2

  • Evidence based Practice with Children and Families
  • Evidence based Practice with Adults
  • Challenging Discrimination and Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Developing Effective Social Work Practice; (including the block 80-day Practice Learning Opportunity)

Year 3

  • Inter-Professional Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Becoming a Critically Reflective Practitioner (including the block 100-day Practice Learning Opportunity)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BA (Hons) Social Work

Learning and Teaching methods

Students will learn via lectures, tutorials and work placements.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of methods including written assignments, reflective journals, debate, simulations, portfolios, presentations, direct observations and reflections on practice.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BA (Hons) Social Work


On successful completion of this course, you will gain the professional social work qualification and be eligible to register with the Care Council for Wales (or the Health and Care Professions Council for England), enabling you to practice as a social worker in the UK.

Social workers may work in a variety of statutory and private, independent and voluntary settings. There are also opportunities in academia and research.

After this course you will also be academically prepared to progress to further study into several areas here at Newport, such as the MA Criminal and Social Justice and the MA Working for Children and Young People.

There is a high employment rate on completing the course, with newly qualified social workers gaining employment in statutory services such as mental health, child protection and LAC teams, adult protection and older persons teams, as well as specialist drug misuse services, domestic violence services, advocacy services and other private and independent sector employers.

Additional Information for BA (Hons) Social Work


“I chose the Social Work degree as I wanted to do something practical with an academic element to it. I applied for a trainee-ship through my local employer who works in partnership with The University of South Wales and the course suited me as it enabled me to stay in employment whilst studying.

The placements in both the statutory and voluntary sector were the most exciting elements of the course as you get to meet different people and experience different scenarios which helps with your employability."

Maria Bayliss, BA (Hons) Social Work