Not general studies or critical thinking.
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above / 4 or 5 (if taken after 2016) including Maths and English Language or English Literature.
Other course specific tests:
You will need to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.
You are required to provide an academic reference, which also includes a statement which attests to (your) character and good standing.
All Foundation degree modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.
Disclosure and barring screening
All successful applicants will also need to pass disclosure and barring screening.
The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. For the vast majority of students who are resident in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The DBS check can only include background checks on your time in the UK. A criminal record check from other countries in addition to the UK DBS check may be required. Abroad this may be referred to as a "Certificate of Good Conduct" (CoGC), but the name varies.
Any offer of a place to study Social Work BA is conditional upon a satisfactory confidential occupational health assessment, which will include a health questionnaire, and if necessary further telephone consultation and/or an appointment with an occupational health clinician. Screening for serious communicable disease, (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and a review of immunisation status and needs, which includes COVID-19, will also be arranged before beginning your studies.
Access to HE Diploma
45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction + 5 GCSEs including Maths and English. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. All Access modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): Distinction/Distinction/Distinction
All BTEC modules must be listed on your UCAS form or else your application will be rejected.
A minimum of 34 points overall (16 at higher level) including 3 higher subjects at minimum of grade 5.
Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)
(Leaving Certificate): AABBBB including English and maths
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB at Advanced Higher and AABBB at Higher.
Or B at Advanced Higher and AAABB at Higher.
For non-AH applicants: AABBBB at Higher.
CACHE certificates in Social Sciences or in Early Years at grade A (Overall grade) are accepted.
Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%
Interdisciplinary Foundation Programme (PHE): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 65%
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer
A level: BBC
GCSE: At least 5 GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or above/ 4 or 5 (if taken after 2016) including Maths and English Language or English Literature.
Access to Leeds: Pass
Accreditation of Prior Learning
The University has an APEL process that the social work programme follows in the event of claims for prior learning with regards to specific modules.The social work programme will not APEL practice. However it will be possible to APEL the 'shadowing practice' element of 'Suitability to Practise'.
International Foundation Year
International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
For a guide on how to apply for a place and what to expect, please read our Applicant journey page.
The School of Healthcare does not normally participate in the UCAS Extra scheme for entry onto the Social Work degree course. You must tell us in your UCAS application if you want to defer entry and if you have any prior criminal convictions.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
We shortlist applicants against agreed criteria, using the information you submit on your UCAS form only. You must meet the academic entry requirement for the programme. Your academic background and personal statement help us to assess your interest in the academic subject and are an important part of the process. The reference you provide on the UCAS form must also support your application, this should be an academic reference, which also includes a statement which attests to (your) character and good standing.
If your UCAS application meets our shortlisting criteria, you will be invited to undertake a virtual interview. This may take place via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Blackboard Collaborate. You will also be asked to complete a piece of written work.
Shortlisted applicants are normally invited for interview between November and April.
This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the course and meet our staff and students.
The interview follows a structured format, whilst the questions asked may vary to some degree they are all similarly devised to allow each candidate the same opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of, understanding of, and aptitude for social work. The interview panel will then score the applicant against agreed criteria.
International admissions process
All applicants for Social Work programmes must meet entry requirements, are required to be interviewed and may be required to undertake a short entry test. Interviews may be conducted face-to-face or remotely (usually via Microsoft Teams) and will be arranged with the applicant for a specific date and time. For social work, where an entry test is equired, this will be a written exercise. Tests for social work may be taken remotely, but under advisement.
Following applicant shortlisting by the School of Healthcare Admissions Team, applicants will be invited to undertake an interview (+/- entry test) subject to relevant entry criteria attainment as identified below.
Information pertaining to the International English Language Testing System qualification “IELTS” is available above.
UK: See fees section below
International: £20,750 (per year)
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.
Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
All applicants need to ensure cognisance of the financial implications before applying to the School of Healthcare and that there may be a requirement to provide a financial guarantee of funding for three years. The status of a student as being a home or overseas student is based upon residential status and not nationality. Where a prospective student is an overseas citizen living within the UK they should contact the Admissions Team at the School of Healthcare, firstname.lastname@example.org regardless of their residential status, to verify their fees status.
The course length is 3 years. Students will have to pay for Occupational Health clearance and immunisations (cost will vary dependent on individual needs of student and course requirements as well as any additional Occupational Health appointments and treatment needed during the programme. Other additional costs associated with the programme, which require consideration include visas and travel to and from placement. Applicants for all Undergraduate programmes at the School of Healthcare require a Criminal Record check, which will be undertaken as part of the visa application.
Additional cost information
<p>All students will have to pay for their travel costs to and from placement and may also have to pay for their own travel costs whilst on placement, although some agencies reimburse these. Students will be required to pay for printing of assessment work and photocopying of articles.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service"><strong>DBS update service</strong></a><strong> (currently £13 per year) </strong>– while this is not compulsory, as a student Social Worker, you’ll need a new DBS check every year. Subscribing to the Update Service will save you the inconvenience of completing this each year, plus you can also use your clearance for any part-time or voluntary work you choose to do in health or social care alongside your studies. If you do subscribe and remain on the service for the duration of your studies, you will be reimbursed by the School of Healthcare for your subscription in your final year. </p><p>Additionally<strong> international students </strong>will have to pay for placement and skills days during their programme. Year 1 current estimate - 20 skills days = £250. Year 2 current estimate - 70 placement days = £1400. Year 3 current estimate - 100 placement days = £2000.</p>
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Social work bursaries
Find out about the funding available for social work students and how to apply by visiting the NHS Social Work Bursaries website.