We usually require applicants to hold at least a second class honours degree (usually a 2:1) or equivalent. We also accept applications from those with a 2:2 in a relevant postgraduate qualification and exceptional practice experience.
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.
If English is not your first language, you will also need International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 in all components.
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 questions when you apply online, using the apply now button on this page.
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 the Health and Care Professionals Council. 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 practice.
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.
Fees and finance
The annual fee for this course is:
- £3,696 if you are from the UK/EU
- £13,200 if you are from outside the UK/EU
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
Applications with the Supplementary Application Questions submitted on or before 31 May 2018 will be considered for a social work bursary. Please note that applicants also need to apply to NHS Bursaries. Later applicants may be considered for a bursary dependent upon availability. Contact the Student Helpline for more information.
You are viewing entry requirements for visitors from England. Not from England? Change your country preferences.
This information was correct at the time of publication.