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Social Work BA (Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2018 start

  • Overview

    Social work is all about people. Social workers form relationships with people and help them find solutions to their problems. As adviser, advocate, counsellor or listener, a social worker helps people to live more successfully within their local communities. Social work also involves engaging with clients’ families and friends, as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, NHS, schools and probation service.

    Our exciting social work degree gives you the opportunity to study the theories and research you’ll need to be a successful professional. You'll complete three placements to develop your practical skills in social work and related settings, supported by a qualified practitioner. If you want a challenging and varied career with opportunities to work with people at times they most need it, social work may be for you. Bursaries are available and career opportunities are excellent.

    Excellent facilities

    The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.

    Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Healthcare Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.

    Course Leader is Iain Moody.

    Admissions Tutor is Ros Day. She can answer specific queries about the course, though she is frequently teaching or supervising and may not be able to respond to you immediately.


    This degree is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and students that successfully complete will be registered with the HCPC.

  • Course content

    The Social Work BA offers an opportunity to achieve a degree and a professional qualification in social work. Students are required to undertake 170 days of direct placement, supported by practice teachers and assessors.

    The course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge and skills, including the reflective and analytical skills, needed to become a competent social worker. On successfully completing the course you’ll be able to work in a variety of social work settings.

    In your first and second years you’ll consider psychological, sociological and social policy perspectives on social work practice. You’ll learn about the legal basis of social work and will demonstrate your competence in IT. You’ll examine the impact of disability and mental health on social service users. In these two years you will complete two social work placements.

    In your third year you’ll study both child and family and adult social work and undertake a final year project, a 30-credit, 10,000-word dissertation. You’ll complete your course by doing a final placement in a social work setting.

    Placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Learning Together; Working Together 30 credits
    • Human Growth, Behaviour and Development 20 credits
    • Disability, Inclusion & the Life Course 20 credits
    • Professional Practice 1 30 credits
    • Sociology, Social Policy and Legal Perspectives in Social Work 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Research for Healthcare and Social Work Professionals 10 credits
    • Decision Making in Practice 20 credits
    • Social Work Perspectives in Drugs and Alcohol 20 credits
    • Social Work Perspectives in Mental Health 20 credits
    • Social Work Law 10 credits
    • Professional Practice 2 40 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Dissertation 30 credits
    • Working with Children and Families 20 credits
    • Working with Adults in Social Care 20 credits
    • Professional Practice 3 40 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Social Work BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    School of Healthcare courses are designed to allow you as much choice as possible in the way that you study and methods of training are highly participative, with a combination of tutor-led input and support, learning through group work and discussion, and individual exercises and practice.

    The School works closely with health and social care organisations, to make sure that it provides education and training which fully meets the changing needs of health and social care and develops the appropriate knowledge and skills enabling our students to play key roles in the workplace.


    We use a range of assessment methods, including essays, posters/ leaflets, practical skills examinations and multiple choice questions.

    You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies.

    You’ll need to produce work that is typically both evaluative and creative and show you can conduct independent, in-depth enquiry within the discipline. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB

    Not general studies or critical thinking.

    GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English

    • Access to HE Diploma

      45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction + GCSEs, as above. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

    • BTEC

      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.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      (Leaving Certificate): AABBBB including English and maths

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      ABB in any subject. We accept all subjects for the remaining grades.

    • Other Qualifications

      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 School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    You will need to show evidence of study in the last 5 years.

    Alternative entry

    We’re 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.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Healthcare Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    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.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    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.

    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.


    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.


    Shortlisted applicants are normally invited for interview at the School of Healthcare between November and April. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the course, meet staff and students and look at School of Healthcare and University facilities.

    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.

    Admissions policy

    School of Healthcare Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £19,750 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    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

    Financial support

    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.


    Since 2013 the numbers of social work bursaries at each university have been capped nationally for each individual social work programme.

    Bursaries are not available for year one of BA programmes. We currently have 30 bursaries for the BA Social Work at University of Leeds for students in years two and three. We will recommend students for the social work bursary on the basis of their academic performance at the exam board in July, at the end of the first academic year. This ranking will be sent to NHS Bursaries. The final decision on eligibility for bursaries remains with NHS Bursaries.

    All students must currently apply for a bursary in order to be eligible for a contribution towards their travel expenses while on placement in years 2 and 3. It is a condition of continuing on the programme that you apply for a bursary, as the placement funding is dependent on this.

    The bursary system is currently under review. Find out more at NHS Bursaries.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities in social work are excellent. Social workers help people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them to find solutions to their problems. As a social worker you can work in a range of different settings in the private, voluntary or statutory sectors. You can also work with a number of different service users; children and families, young people, people with a disability, people with mental health issues or older people.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements


    Placements are an integral part of your training. The course incorporates:

    Year 1: 70 days placement

    Year 3: 100 days placement

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