Taught course

Social Work

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an upper second class (2.1), GCSEs English and Mathematics at grade C or above or specified equivalents. Additional information: Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of social work and learning from work and or life experience. English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 7.0

Months of entry


Course content


If you are interested in working with people and taking an essential role in protecting children and young people from harm and in supporting people of every age then this is the course for you. It will be a stimulating and challenging learning experience designed to develop your capacity for critical thinking and research-mindedness alongside developing social work skills.

Why choose this course

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • a course of study that meets the requirements for social work training as set by the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the accrediting body, The College of Social Work, leading to your eligibility to register in the UK as a qualified social worker;
  • links with local authorities providing statutory services, and links with numerous voluntary and independent sector agencies who provide placements;
  • high quality practice placement experiences in a range of social work/care settings with opportunities to learn alongside experienced practitioners;
  • strong community links with service users and carers, who are integrated into the organisation of the course;
  • teaching by experienced academics, practitioners and researchers who have published and researched extensively in areas such as social work ethics, health and gender inequalities, personalisation, prevention of hate crimes, children’s rights, social work career frameworks, social work and globalisation, educational attainment and service user engagement;
  • the opportunity to apply to work with staff on research projects, as a student research assistant;
  • a personal tutoring system which is integrated into taught and practice modules to enhance and support employability through the development of transferable skills such as presentation skills, group work, conducting literature reviews and critical analysis;
  • the opportunity to develop your engagement with the research seminar group.
What will I learn

The course is grounded in practice, drawing on a range of relevant academic disciplines and providing inter-professional and international perspectives.

The core course themes are the legal framework, social inequalities and social policy, health and wellbeing, social work practice with children and adults, psychology of human growth, values and ethics, transformative social work, and critical reflection.

In years one and two you will study these core themes and also undertake a practical skills programme in readiness for a 70 day practice placement. In year two you will undertake a 100 day practice placement, and modules of study in International Perspectives, Transformative Social Work, Applied Social Research and a professional practice dissertation on a practice topic of your interest.

Within the Department, a range of academic tutors are available to provide support and advice related to your academic progress, development and personal welfare.

Coventry University has a robust support infrastructure to meet the pastoral, welfare, accommodation, finance and disability needs of all its students.

Information for international students

Please contact our International/EU Office

Telephone: +44(0)24 7615 2152

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

HLS Admissions
+44 (0) 24 7679 5959