Social Work

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 9.55k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 12.5k / Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:2649 Duration:36 months

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This course provides a rigorous and challenging learning experience to prepare students at both a personal and professional level for the demanding requirements and expectations of social work. It prepares individuals to work in the public, private and voluntary social care sectors in posts which require accountable and effective professional social work skills.

Qualified and registered social workers are accredited by the General Social Care Council and may use the protected title of Social Worker.

Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to register with the General Social Care Council (GSCC), the social work professions regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Workers.

As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the GSCC also regulate the performance of social work courses, the reports of which are published on the GSCC website, so interested parties can check to see how each university is performing.

Further Information

It is a requirement of the General Social Care Council that each student undertakes at least 200 days work experience gaining required experience and learning in practice settings. Each student must gain experience in at least two practice settings of statutory social work tasks involving legal interventions, providing services to at least two different service user groups.

Assessment is through a combination of written work, presentations, video and audio recordings, service user and carer feedback, research and a practice learning portfolio of evidence.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline UK or any other EU country - 15 January ; International - 30 June Tuition fee
  • EUR 9550 Year (EEA)
  • EUR 12530 Year (Non-EEA)

UK/EU Fees Students starting at UCS from September 2012 will be charged £8000 for a full-time Bachelors degree or £7500 for a full-time Foundation degree. Tuition fees for full-time International Study: Classroom-based 10,500 GBP (£) Laboratory-based 12,600 GBP (£)

Start date September 2015 Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Content and Modules

First year modules include:

  • Values
  • Ethics and Dilemmas in Social Work
  • Human Behaviour and Lifespan Development
  • Introduction to Social Work and Social Care
  • Applied Social Sciences for Social Work
  • IPL - The Professional Person
  • Preparation for Social Work Practice
  • ECDL Skills Workshops (compulsory)

Second year modules include:

  • Introduction to Research
  • Mental Health and Social Work Practice
  • Law
  • Policy and Practice
  • Assessment and Direct Practice Skills
  • Assessed Practice Placement
  • IPL (The Service User)
  • Professional Practice Workshops (integrating module)

Third year modules include:

  • Current Practice
  • Policy and Legislation in Social Work and Social Care
  • IPL (The Organisation)
  • Research Dissertation
  • Assessed Practice Placement and Professional Practice Workshops (integrating module)
  • Practice Learning

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 75(Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

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English language requirements

All students need to be able to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English. Students whose first language is not English will need to take a recognised English Language test in advance of commencing a course at UCS and before the Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) letter is issued for visa purposes.
UCS accepts a range of English qualifications, with the following standards required:

IELTS (academic version): 6.0 for all degrees, apart from Diagnostic Radiography,Radiotherapy and Oncology, ODP and all Pre-Registration Nursing and Midwifery courses that require 7.0. Postgraduate courses generally require between 6.5 and 7.0.
TOEFL: 550 on paper-based test; 213 on computer-based test; or 79-80 on the internet-based test for all degrees
Pearson Test of English Academic - Minimum score of 50 is required
Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Grade C; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: Grade B
GCE O-level or GCSE English Language/Use of English: Grade C
Test in English for Educational Purposes (TEEP) International Baccalaureate English Grade B (standard level).
Hong Kong Certificate of English Education

Typical Offer: 280 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent)

With one A-level grade C or above in Sociology, Psychology or Law.

GCSE Mathematics and English grade C or above are also required.

Prospective applicants who are invited to a selection day will be assessed through three activities:

  • Personal interview
  • Group discussion
  • Written response to a case study provided on the day.
  • Any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory Health check and Criminal Records Bureau check.

    Direct practical experience in a social work, social care or other relevant statutory or voluntary setting will be a distinct advantage at selection stage.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University Campus Suffolk.


    National Scholarship Programme

    As part of the new student finance system, students with households incomes under £25,000 per year will benefit from a new National Scholarship Programme. This new scheme is targeted towards students who most need financial help.
    The National Scholarship is funded jointly by the Government and Universities. UCS has been awarded a number of National Scholarships which students can apply for Suffolk Access Champion Scheme
    The Suffolk Access Champion Scheme will be open to eligible students currently studying at a Suffolk State Sixth form, College or Academy, and applying to study at UCS on a full-time undergraduate degree programme in 2012-13.
    The Suffolk Access Champion will work over two years mentoring Year 10 and 11 students to encourage progression on to higher education.

    Scholarships for international students

    UCS offers a generous scholarship scheme for all undergraduate students paying international fees.
    All international students that are offered and have firmly accepted a place on a full-time undergraduate Foundation or Honours degree course at UCS by the 30 September for the year of entry, will be eligible for a scholarship of £1,000 per year for the duration of their course. This scholarship will be awarded each year once annual fees have been paid in full.
    Please note that any international students accepted on a course that requires a practice placement with a Primary Care Trust, for example Nursing, Midwifery or Radiography, will incur an additional £3000 fee per each year of study (this excludes all British Islands students except the Falkland Islands).

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