Social worker and toddler girl doing playful exercises on a digital tablet
UCAS Code
L500
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2021, September 2022

See how you'll be taught in 2021/22 in our Covid information for applicants.

Overview

Social workers change lives for the better. They help protect some of society’s most vulnerable people – and on this BSc (Hons) Social Work degree, you’ll develop the skills you need to graduate and apply to register as a Social Worker.

On this Social Work England-approved course, you’ll study topics including safeguarding, law and social policy, and the practice of Social Work with children and adults.

You’ll develop an expert understanding of social work fundamentals, and put your learning into practice in the nurturing environment of our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care.

You’ll also build your professional experience by spending 170 days on work placement, working with vulnerable people in the community – and have the chance to work with the University’s Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG) to grow your knowledge.

After graduation, you’ll be ready for a rewarding career in social and residential care, rehabilitation services, and for roles at drug and alcohol treatment centres, and within the criminal justice system.

Approved by:

This course is approved by Social Work England.

90% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Social Work degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, RE, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology) Access courses in Health and Social Care are also acceptable (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB
  • UCAS points – 120 points, to include an A level in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, RE, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology), or equivalent Access courses in Health and Social Care are also acceptable (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25
Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview. Applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Occupational Health checks before starting the course.

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 7.0 with no component score below 6.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Learn from expert teaching staff, researchers, practitioners from the field and people with experience of social work
  • Study the theory and practice of social work, empowering service users and promoting inclusion, and legal and policy frameworks
  • Learn through simulation, group work and skills workshops
  • Understand how to work with children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities and vulnerable adults
  • Work closely with the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG), to help you understand service user experiences
  • Practise your profession-specific skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, a safe and supportive environment, which uses innovative technologies to simulate real-life scenarios
  • Apply your learning on practice placements

You'll develop practical social work skills in our realistic simulation centre.

It includes an area that looks like a flat - here you'll:

  • explore home visit scenarios
  • practice communication and observational skills
  • and undertake assessments

to ensure you're ready for practice placement.

 

The social work course itself is outstanding. The support provided by my tutors has been invaluable. Studying social work at the University of Portsmouth has been an experience that I will never forget and will forever be grateful for.

Hannah Manders, BSc (Hons) Social Work

Careers and opportunities

When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply to be a registered Social Worker. Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to use.

What can you do with a Social Work degree?

You can work in areas such as:

  • Social care settings
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Criminal justice
  • Voluntary organisations 
  • Advocacy agencies
  • Housing advice
  • Education settings such as schools and colleges

Recent graduates have gone to work for organisations including:

  • Hampshire County Council
  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Dorset Council
  • Southampton City Council
  • Spectrum Centre for Independent Living

What jobs can you do with a Social Work degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Social Worker
  • Care manager
  • Missing children and child exploitation coordinator 
  • Family support worker
  • Housing adviser
  • Independent domestic violence adviser

Work experience and career planning

You'll do at least 2 work placements on this course giving you more than 170 days of practical experience.

You can do placements in various areas to develop your social work skills and knowledge, including:

  • Social care settings for children and families
  • Social care settings for adults
  • Residential care for people with disabilities
  • Community mental health teams
  • Hospital social work departments
  • Voluntary organisations working with both children and adults
  • Advocacy agencies
  • Drug and alcohol treatment centres
  • Homelessness projects
  • Schools

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other further relevant work experience while you study. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Placements have been really helpful in preparation for practice. I have had two local authority placements during my degree. They have enabled me to obtain a full time position in adult services upon completing my course.

Daran Jarman, BSc (Hons) Social Work

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Social Work degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Law and Social Policy in Practice
  • Occupational Health Year 1
  • Readiness for Learning and Practice
  • Theory, Knowledge and Evidence in Social Work  

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Inclusion, Innovation and Empowerment
  • Occupational Health Year 2
  • Service User Inclusion and Co-Production
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Using Evidence and Research in Social Work

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Project
  • Safeguarding – Adults and Children
  • Social Work Practice Placement 2 

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • practical workshops
  • simulation (in a simulated court room, for example)
  • report writing

Term times

The academic year runs from October to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • tests (academic or practical/skills based)
  • compilation of filmed and recorded artefacts
  • online assessment
  • academic written work/portfolios
  • presentations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 25% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 17% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Values and the NHS Constitution

We embed the principles and values of the NHS Constitution in all our health and social care courses. When you apply for this course, we’ll expect you to demonstrate how your values align with the values of the Constitution.

Find out more about the values we look for 

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,300 per year (subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

You’ll need to meet the cost of travel for your placements. Your travel costs will vary depending on location and the transportation you use. The NHS may meet some of these costs.

Apply

How to apply

If you're interested in starting this course in 2021, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing updates and book a call back on results day.

To start this course in 2022, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – L500
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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