Social Work

BA (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BA (Hons)
UCAS code: L500
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Social Sciences
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Social Work combines a grounding in applied social sciences with assessed practice placements to enable you to embark upon a professional career in social work.

As a graduate social worker you will be able to synthesise theory and practice, and apply this to the personal and structural dimensions of human distress and oppression.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course has approval by the Health and Care Professions Council and relevant government departments. This means successful completion of the course will result in a social work qualification recognised by the HCPC (formerly accredited by the General Social Care Council). If you complete the course successfully you will be awarded an Honours degree in Social Work and will be eligible for registration with the HCPC as a qualified Social Worker.

Why Bradford?

Experienced social work practitioners regularly participate in teaching. Social Work Bursaries are available through the NHS Business Services Authority.

We also offer a series of exciting preparation to practice training opportunities throughout the course.

Students studying for Social Work at Bradford undertake two assessed placements, in the second and final years, which are supervised and assessed by experienced social workers.

By the end of your final placement you should be working at the level required for the award of the professional social work qualification at graduate level, and should be ready to start work in a statutory, voluntary or independent social work agency.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

Including at least 80 points from two full A-levels.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DDM — there are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Meet UCAS Tariff of 120 — there are no specific subject requirements.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

Additional entry requirements:

At the point of application, applicants need to demonstrate they have a minimum of 100 hours of relevant social care work experience. This should have been undertaken within the last two years.

Experience in a social care setting (either paid or voluntary) is essential. We also welcome experience in social work overseas, either because you lived there or because you have undertaken paid or voluntary work in another country. Relevant social care experience includes direct work with people and could include:

  • Direct work with people who need practical or emotional help or support either through face-to-face work or on an individual or group basis or telephone work.
  • Mentoring or counselling.
  • Care work (such as working as a health care assistant).
  • Youth work.
  • Working with children or young people who are socially excluded or have additional emotional and/or practical support needs.
  • Placements through school or college which has been undertaken within the last 2 years at the point of application.
  • Personal experience of caring for a relative or friend where you have not had first-hand experience of social services or social work intervention; having a parent(s) who is a foster carer.
  • Personal experience as a service-user of social work intervention.

We attach importance not only to the amount of experience that you have gained but crucially to the learning that you have gained from it and are able to bring to the course and your professional development. It is helpful if you include the following information in your personal statement:

  • Your roles and responsibilities.
  • Reflections on the ways in which your experience has helped to prepare you for social work

As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for direct entry onto this course you may be interested in our Foundation Year in Social Sciences and Management or our International Certificate of Foundation Studies.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 7.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Academic, Personal and Professional Developmentcore
Communication Skills: Children and Adultscore
Introduction to Psychologycore
Introduction to Social Workcore
Social Work Values and Ethicscore
State and Societycore
Year 2
Child and Family Social Workcore
Mental Healthcore
Practice Learning 1core
Working with Adultscore
Year 3
Organisations and Professional Developmentcore
Practice Learning 2core
Research Methods for Social Workerscore
Service Users’ and Carers’ Perspectivescore

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.


We offer an exciting programme of skills development sessions on top of your academic modules and practice placements. The main purpose is to prepare students for their first placement by providing structured opportunities to practice key generic skills and to increase their understanding of the social work role, without the immediate pressure of assessment, and without the need to be in a social worker role with service users and carers. We also provide opportunities later in the course to develop more advanced skills.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

84% of our 2015 graduates in Social Work found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

There are a wide range of opportunities available in the public sector: in local authorities, the criminal justice field, social service departments, voluntary sector organisations, family service units, resource centres, women’s aid, counselling schemes, residential or day care work, and in both the local and national civil service. Many of our graduates also go on to work in the private sector or go on to further study, teaching and research.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Social Work graduates was £21,595.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £14,250

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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