Social work placement with child using chalk
UCAS Code
L500
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Start Date
September 2020

Overview

Do you have the drive and commitment to better the lives of others while developing new and interesting ways to deliver social services?

This BSc (Hons) Social Work degree course allows you to turn your compassion into a sought after professional skill set that will make a positive difference to people's lives. You'll develop the skills and the knowledge you need and apply this to practical scenarios in simulated facilities and on work placements.

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) so when you complete this course, you'll be eligible to apply to become a registered Social Worker. 

Approved by:

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) meaning you'll be eligible to apply to be a Registered Social Worker when you complete the course. You need this registration to do social work.

91% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Develop knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to people who need it most
  • Be taught by experts at the forefront of research who are fully informed on developments within social work
  • Practise profession-specific skills in a safe and supportive environment in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care
  • Develop your communication, engagement, theoretical and analytical skills and learn to apply these using professional judgement and expertise
  • Apply your skills and knowledge in scenarios you'll encounter in your career, such as giving evidence in a simulated court environment
  • Put your learning into action during your work placement and have the opportunity to complete an additional summer social work placement
  • Shadow and get mentoring from experienced practitioners while undertaking practice placements
  • Interact with and immerse yourself in the lived experiences of the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG)

Careers and opportunities

When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply to be a registered Social Worker and be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). 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 services
  • rehab centres
  • criminal justice
  • voluntary organisations
  • advocacy agencies
  • housing advice

What jobs can you do with a Social Work degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • Social Worker
  • care manager
  • persistent offender coordinator
  • family support worker
  • housing adviser

You could also do postgraduate study.

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

The programme challenges participants to become professional leaders in the wider context of social care practice.

Chris Penney, Course Leader, 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, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Foundation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Law and Social Policy in Practice
  • Readiness for Practice
  • Theory and Knowledge in Social Work

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Applied Social Work Professional Practice
  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Evidence Based Decision Making
  • Inclusion, Innovation and Empowerment
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Social Work with Children and Families

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Core Skills Training Framework
  • Enhancing Social Work Professional Practice
  • Professionalism and Professional Development
  • Project
  • Safeguarding and Promoting Wellbeing

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.

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. In your second year, you can do a work placement overseas.

You can do placements in various areas of social care, including:

  • care for children and families
  • residential care for people with disabilities
  • community mental health teams
  • hospital social work departments
  • youth offending teams
  • advocacy agencies
  • drug and alcohol treatment centres
  • homelessness projects

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.

Learning 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 English for Academic Purposes 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 September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

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

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Social Work degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 112 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, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). Access courses in Health and Social Care are also acceptable.

See the 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

Selection process
  • All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview.
  • All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

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

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 for year 1 and £14,300 a year for years 2 and 3 (subject to annual increase)

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

To start this course in 2020, 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 start your application now and submit it later if you want.

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

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). 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. 

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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