Our typical offer is:
| a Canadian bachelor's degree ||GPA 2.40 |
| a USA bachelor's degree|| GPA 2.5 |
If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
We require applicants to hold a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree or equivalent, or a 2:2 or equivalent plus a relevant postgraduate award.
You also need Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language, or equivalent qualifications. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
Please note, if you are an international applicant you will be required to demonstrate that you have met the English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 in all components, or equivalent, before your application is assessed for the next stage of the selection process and an offer letter is issued.
Supplementary questions for your application
In addition to the application form, you must submit supplementary questions for your application to this course to be considered. Please attach these completed Supplementary Application Questions when you apply online, using the apply now button on this page. The supplementary questions will be used together with your application form to assess whether you will be invited to attend one of our selection days.
Social work experience
To apply for this degree you must have experience (voluntary or paid) in a social care setting. You can include placements which you have undertaken as part of college, but we do expect more experience than this. Experience could include volunteering during weekends, evenings, or holidays. We may also consider any relevant personal experience you might have.
You should clearly describe your experience in the personal statement section of your application and show how this relates to a career in social work.
Social work involves working with some of the most vulnerable people in society, and social work education is regulated by Social Work England. We must therefore be satisfied that you are 'fit to practise' before we can accept you onto this degree course.
In addition to the academic qualification and work experience, you will need:
- Two satisfactory references
- A satisfactory health clearance
- An Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
- A completed declaration form about previous criminal convictions (either spent or unspent) and any disciplinary hearings or investigations related to vulnerable adults or safeguarding young people
Social work is listed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 [amended 2013]. This means that we must ask you for an enhanced DBS check. Some spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, which means that we can't take them into account when deciding on your suitability for this course. You must read the Disclosure and Barring Service Filtering Guide to decide whether or not you need to tell us about your spent convictions or cautions.
If we offer you a place on this course, we will need you to make a written statement about any prior incidents. We’ll need your permission to share this anonymised information with our partner placement agencies, so that we can make a judgement on your fitness to practise.
We may also need your permission to contact the agencies involved in any incidents that you declare. Any offer of a place on the course will be subject to a satisfactory outcome of this process. However, declaring something does not necessarily mean that you will be prevented from attending the course, and we judge each case on its merits.
We welcome applications from international students; however, it is important to be aware that the focus of the course is the nature and context of social work in England and is based on UK legislation. On successful completion of this course, and in order to practise as a social worker in England, you would need to be eligible to register with Social Work England and have the right to work in the UK.
While it is not mandatory that you hold a driving licence and have access to a vehicle to undertake this course, please be aware that the availability of placements may be limited by not driving. Many Local Authorities in the North East also require driving or access to mobility support as an essential requirement for employment.
We are required to adhere to relevant government policy regarding Covid-19. This has placed particular expectations on certain groups to be vaccinated. This may include students involved in providing health or social care, including in placement or partnership settings. As a result, our placement providers may require confirmation of Covid vaccination status.
Is your qualification not displaying here? For international qualifications, search our full list of international entry requirements for this course.
Fees and finance
The annual, full-time, fees are:
- £5,000 if you are from the UK/Europe*
- £10,000 if you are an international student
Part-time fees for this course are £833.33 per 15 credits. Part-time study is not available to international students who require a Student visa to study in the UK.
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area) and Swiss nationals are classed as international, however 22/23 entrants will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the (postgraduate) home tuition fee rate for the duration of their studies. The discounted fee will be reflected on your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
A limited number of Social Work bursaries are available. For more information visit the NHS Business Services Authority Knowledge Base.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.