University of Gloucestershire Social Work

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University of Gloucestershire Social Work

University of Gloucestershire Social Work

Social Work (BSc Hons)

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Work with children, families, adults and recovering addicts on this professionally-accredited degree

Social workers make a difference to people in need of support, helping them through difficult times, safeguarding, caring for and undertaking crisis intervention to support positive change in circumstances and wellbeing. This degree will equip you with the expertise you need to become exceptional in the field.

Recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), you’ll be eligible to apply for professional social work registration on graduation.From shadowing social workers to undertaking work placements with statutory social work teams, substance misuse charities, homeless hostels and children’s centres you will make a difference to the lives of people in need through professional practice, right from your first year. The course is taught by experienced social workers in a highly supportive environment, their experience spanning the range of social work specialities: children, families and young people; adults; conflict in communities; mental health and social work law.

You’ll hear from leading practitioners and work with recovering addicts and ex-offenders in lectures and workshops. Children and families, substance misuse, psychology and a commitment to promoting social justice and human rights for decision-making are core elements of the course.

Developing knowledge of moral and legal frameworks, you’ll learn to make good decisions for the individuals and families you work with, considering law, human rights, risks and responsibilities. You will examine people and relationships, attachment and separation-loss theories, as well as human development from childhood to old age. You will also explore social oppression and advocacy, developing skills in anti-oppressive practice to ensure you get the best results for those you work with.

Study style

Learning is interactive with lots of group work, discussion and debate, role plays and case study projects. We have a supportive social work learning community which includes students, staff, service users, carers and practitioners.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

104 tariff points

Typical offers

BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don’t meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Subject to satisfactory DBS disclosure

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours – 3 years full-time L502


  • Social worker
  • Lead/management role in this sector
  • Care home manager

Social Work (Postgraduate Diploma)

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Balancing an interactive study programme with practical work experience in a social care setting to complement theory with practice.

This course has been designed in partnership with agencies and service users to allow students to gain the skills and experience required to qualify as a social worker. The teaching is delivered in 12 week blocks followed by periods of practical work experience, allowing students to consolidate their study in a real-life setting.

You will be supported by a team of committed teaching staff who are registered social workers with experience in a range of professional settings. On the course, the learning experience is dynamic, interactive and experimental. You will learn about all areas of social work practice with adults, children and families acquiring your knowledge through a variety of learning styles. With emphasis on experiential learning, your study will include working in small tutorial groups, simulations, role play and group work.

The placements you undertake must be within different service areas to broaden your perspective and experience. The department has good connections and there is a wide scope or opportunity for placements in Gloucestershire and beyond. On graduating the course, you will have a clear understanding of social work and will have demonstrated your skills and values within social care settings.

Study style

This course is delivered full-time over 20 months. The teaching is delivered in two 12 week blocks followed by a 70 and a 100 day practical work placement, allowing students to consolidate their study in a real-life setting. Placements will be arranged for you and are a commutable distance from Gloucestershire.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 3 months/450 hours experience within a social care setting and the ability to reflect on this experience as shown in the personal statement
  • 2:1 or above in a relevant first degree for example, humanities, social sciences, health and social care, criminology, law
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above or an equivalent numeracy and literacy qualification
  • International students need IELTS 7.0 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band (or equivalent
  • Satisfactory DBS declaration, the cost of this must be met by the student
  • A reference that indicates that the applicant has the potential to complete the course successfully

Applicants for this course will be required to attend an interview on one of the following dates:

  • Thursday 24 November
  • Thursday 1 December
  • Wednesday 7 December


Fees – 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Masters £8800
Postgraduate Diploma £5860
Non-EU Students
Masters £14000
Postgraduate Diploma £9340

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


  • HCPC-registered social work