Do you want to become a social worker and make a real difference in peoples’ lives? There are few careers that offer as much opportunity to help people as social work. To enter this challenging and rewarding profession, you’ll need to gain a professional BSc (Hons) Social Work degree. This will give you the relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills demanded by this ever-changing role and allow you to register as a qualified social work practitioner with a regulatory council in the United Kingdom.
To study social work, you can either apply as a direct entry social work student or a secondment employee of one of our partner social service agencies (Rhondda Cynon Taf; Blaenau Gwent; Monmouthshire; Newport and Torfaen). If you’re a direct entry student, you’ll be eligible to apply for a bursary from the Care Council for Wales or the Health and Care Professions Council, subject to their conditions.
Our Social Work training is based on the All Wales Assessment Framework for Social Work, which incorporates the National Occupational Standards for Social Work. Students will work to the Care Council for Wales Code of Professional Practice for Social Care. Students are required to register with the Care Council for Wales prior to starting the course and complete an enhanced DBS check on a yearly basis (additional costs apply).
The Social Work course is split into two distinct areas: University study and work–based practice. Throughout your three years you will study a number of subjects relevant to social work. This theoretical learning will provide a foundation for the practice based element of the programme and each year you will undertake a Practice Learning Opportunity.
The Social Work degree is taught through traditional methods such as lectures, group debate and presentations, as well as more experiential methods such as role play and courtroom debate, or online learning. In practice, you will learn and be assessed through supervision and direct observation.
We are committed to involving people who use services and carers in the teaching and management of this Social Work Degree. This means you’ll get a valuable insight into their personal experiences, to further prepare you for your career as a social worker.
You must pass both theory and practice elements of the course to qualify as a social worker.
Entry criteria below detail typical offers. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
An enhanced DBS check and relevant work experience is also required to study social work.
Relevant work experience
At least 12 weeks’ work experience (approximately 420 hours) carried out in a supervised social care setting or agency with a reference from the supervisor submitted with your application confirming you have completed the required hours. This work experience must be completed prior to you submitting your application, and you must clearly reference that you have undertaken a minimum of 420 hours in your personal statement.
We do not accept deferred applications for the Social Work degree.
We recommend reading through the guidance for Social Work applicants prior to submitting your application.
Grade C and BB at A Level
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit
29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level
Pass with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
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Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
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Cost is dependent on placement location. These can be claimed back if the student has been allocated a CCW bursary
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Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
When you graduate, you can register as a qualified social worker. There’s an on-going demand for social workers, so you can expect to find employment soon after graduation. Post-qualification social work and other opportunities exist here at the University of South Wales and within a national framework.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.