Taught course

Social Work

Buckinghamshire New University · School of Health and Social Care Professions

Entry requirements

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 104 - 128

For this course, you must hold both GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications such as Level 2 Functional Skills in Literacy and Maths.

UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC’s and Access to Higher Education courses in a relevant subject.

Please list all your qualifications on the application form - you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

Selection days

If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to attend a Selection Event. This will include completing a written test to assess your written English ability, a group activity to assess your verbal English ability, and an individual interview.

Information about health, criminal, employment and personal history will be collected as part of the Selection Event but will not be disclosed to the interview team or used to make a decision about making you an offer.

If you disclose something that needs further exploration, this will be done separately from the interview process and any offer of a place will be made on a conditional basis, while your circumstances are assessed further.

All offers are subject to passing the Social Worker Selection Event and you will be informed of the outcome either via UCAS Track or directly by us.

Months of entry


Course content

As a Social Worker, you’ll interact with some of the most marginalised groups in society, supporting them in overcoming barriers to a fulfilled life. Our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree is focused on the quality of your placements, linking theory to practice and helping you register with a professional body.

A career in Social Work is a rewarding and worthwhile profession, and you can act on the issues that matter to you today by applying to our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree. Gaining a Social Work degree from Buckinghamshire New University is the key to your future success.

What will I study?

We recognise how crucial Social Workers are in the community. Our Social Work degree helps you aid people in need across their lifespans, from birth to death. We will prepare you to contribute positively to development at all stages.

In this Social Work degree, you’ll gain the necessary skills that employer’s value, like teamwork, communication, problem solving, analysis and evaluation skills, combined with the essential skills required to become an effective and registered Social Worker with Social Work England.

Transferability of skills forms the underlying benefit of this degree course, and your learning content has been designed to complement learning on placement with learning in the classroom. Academic modules are fully integrated with placement learning to bring context to your placement.

Placement, or practice learning, is an extremely important and significant part of the programme, you will complete a total of 200 practice days, with some of these in the academic environment, to develop your vital social work skills. This is essential to building your understanding of Social Work.

Skill module learning will occur throughout the course in the dedicated skills development sessions and while on placement. This is supported by presentations, courtroom skills, and simulations where service users and carers work with the university to design and present realistic practice scenarios and the development of practice learning portfolios.

What are my career prospects?

We’re so proud of our consistently high employability rate for our graduates. We have close and collaborative relationships with a range of Local Authority employers, and many graduates work with them now. We offer a recruitment event in your final year where you’re able to meet with employers to explore the next steps in terms of your first year of newly qualified status.

Our employer partners are very keen to ensure that they provide opportunities for our successful graduates every year. We also encourage you to start networking in your final year placement, which is often a springboard to future employment. We recognise that your journey to becoming a Social Worker does not simply end with us and we strive to provide a clear path between your education and your new career.

When you graduate, if you choose not to pursue employment with local authorities, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with Social Work England (SWE) and your degree can also be recognised and accepted in other countries around the world.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BSc
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44(0) 1494 605060