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Social Work BA(Hons): Entry requirements

Entry requirements for 2019

Typical offer

Points: a minimum of 120 from:

  • Three A-levels (grades BBB). General Studies not accepted.
  • BTEC Extended or National Diploma in a health-related subject (DDM).
  • Other Level 3 qualifications such as full Access Diploma equivalent to a minimum of 120 UCAS points
  • Note: Functional/Key Skills points not accepted as part of the tariff.

Other suitable qualifications

A wide range of other qualifications may be considered on an individual basis, such as:

  • Foundation Degree in related programme 65%
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 Points

All candidates require:

All applicants must possess GCSE A*–C (or comparable numeric scores under newly reformed GCSE gradings)in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics or an equivalent qualification eg functional/Key skills level 2 in numeracy and literacy.

Non-native speakers who do not have the equivalent of GCSE English at grade C (eg Functional Skills Level 2 Literacy) require an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent.

Work experience

We expect all applicants to have experience of direct contact with service users in a social work setting or in a setting in which social work tasks are undertaken. As important as the amount of experience is what applicants have learned from their reflection on that experience.

As a guideline, we look for the equivalent of six months part-time experience, but we adjust this for younger applicants eg school leavers. Experience gained whilst at school or during the course of a placement undertaken as part of an Access or BTEC course can be included. (There is a facility in the electronic process whereby more information about experience can be sought).

It is very important that you give clear and complete details of your relevant experience in your Personal Statement – what you have done, how many hours per week you have done it and for how long. Your Personal Statement should also explain your motivation to train as a social worker, and should be well-written and free from errors in punctuation, spelling and sentence construction as it plays a significant role in our decision about whether to shortlist you.

Selection process

Our selection process consists of a 30-minute written test, a group exercise and also four interviews, each of six minutes, with a service user or carer, a social worker, and two social work lecturers. If you have a diagnosed learning need, then you will be given extra time for the written test, provided you bring with you appropriate evidence of your need.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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