I really enjoyed learning about how diverse social work is and having the opportunity to actually experience the role of a social worker.


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    Social workers play a vital role supporting vulnerable children and adults to make a positive impact on their lives.

    On this course you will explore the core communication skills you need to become an empathetic and caring social worker. You will experience this inspiring and rewarding profession first hand whilst on placement in a range of settings across the community.

    We engage practitioners and service users in our teaching, learning and assessments to make sure that you receive up-to-date relevant practice knowledge.

    Why Study Social Work?

    100% of our Social Work students were in jobs or further study 15 months after completing their studies (Graduate Outcomes survey 2021)

    Our Social Work course will develop your knowledge and skills from day one, so that you have the experience and confidence to become a competent and capable professional who can meet the challenging demands of social work.

    You'll develop the skills needed to work and communicate effectively with service users and professional colleagues in order to protect, support and improve the lives of vulnerable people and promote human rights and wellbeing.

    You'll learn how to assess people’s needs, strengths and wishes, working with individuals and families to help them make changes and solve problems.

    On successful completion of the course, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England and go on to work in a range of settings meeting the diverse needs of service users, families and carers.

      All about the course

      You'll study the importance of developing a sociological understanding of the complex social issues and structural inequalities that social workers navigate and the social policy that shapes social work practice.

      You will be introduced to theories of social work, human development, research, social policy and law and explore their application in practice.

      You'll explore areas including:

      • statutory social work
      • international social work
      • voluntary and private care sector
      • provision within private health care
      • court services
      • administration/ management
      • research and evidence-based practice.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C, or above, or an acceptable equivalent.

      A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent.

      Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, and are subject to a satisfactory reference, health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      This course is carefully balanced to ensure you are taught theoretical aspects of social work which can be applied in practice situations.

      You'll learn through group work, seminars/webinars, lectures, podcasts, videos and other varied teaching methods to enable you to progress into an autonomous learner/professional. You'll also be given opportunities to participate in simulated activities and skills development days, where you can develop your interpersonal skills in a safe environment with other student social workers.

      You will be supported in your practice learning by a qualified social worker who is also a practice educator. You may also have an onsite supervisor.

      You will have a placement tutor provided by the University and also an academic personal tutor who is there to support you over the three years of the course, and ensure that you have the opportunity to reach your full potential during your time as a student social worker.

       All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      Our knowledgeable teaching team is research active and many members have experience in consultancy and publishing, as well as being registered social workers.

      Staff on this course come from a range of settings and they will share their experiences with you and teach you theory that can be applied and integrated within local and international realities of social work practice.

      As you progress through the course, you will undertake increasing amounts of independent learning so that you are prepared to work as an autonomous and confident social worker.

      You'll have a wide range of opportunities to develop independent learning skills which you can transfer into the work place when you qualify.

      In Year 1, you will have 300 contact hours and you will be expected to undertake 900 hours of independent learning.

      In Year 2, you will have 250 contact hours and you will be expected to undertake 600 hours of independent learning. In addition, you will spend approximately 70 days in placements.

      In Year 3, you will have 200 contact hours and you will be expected to undertake 600 hours of independent learning. In addition, you will spend approximately 100 days in placements.

      As part of your contact time, you will have 30 skills development days over the duration of the entire course.

      Social work is a values-based profession committed to social justice, which supports people facing personal challenges in ways that promote positive change.

      Dr Sue MiddletonCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will be assessed in a variety of ways which include written assignments, exam in one module, group and individual presentations, report writing and simulated interviews.

      You will be assessed in your practice placements through observation, discussion, reflective practice, written work and feedback from service users and practitioners and will be required to complete a practice portfolio of learning for each placement.

      In Year 2 you will have a 2 ½ hour law exam and in your final year you will produce a 6,000 word dissertation.

      Your future career

      Our BA (Hons) Social Work graduates have gone on to work in variety of settings locally and nationally. There are varied and exciting employment opportunities for registered social workers. The generic nature of the course means graduates can pursue a career in a full range of settings, such as social services departments within local authorities, health services, and in the voluntary and independent sectors providing community, day care and residential services.

      There are also opportunities for further study and you can pursue a post qualifying course at Canterbury Christ Church University or study within a specialised area of social work in other universities.


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time £9,250 £14,500

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Further entry requirements

      Applicants are encouraged to seek opportunities to gain pre-application experience in a social care or appropriate healthcare setting. Canterbury Christ Church University will select students through a process established with representatives of employers and service users associated with the programme and suitable applicants will be invited for an individual and/or group interview/discussion and a written test.

      Industry links

      The social work team has strong links with a range of practice settings and local service user groups. They play a significant part in enhancing your learning, teaching and placement experience to support your future employability. Placement experience is designed to give you an opportunity to interact and learn in varied settings with qualified social workers and other professionals.

      Professional accreditation

      On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for professional registration with Social Work England, the regulator for social work. Social work is a professional qualification which carries specific responsibilities to service users, other professionals, and the profession.

      You will complete a suitability form for each year of study. This includes information concerning any criminal convictions, and a statement of health and good character. Any disciplinary issues relating to conduct at work need to be disclosed within this form. Relevant information concerning health, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and suitability aspects are shared with placement providers in order for them to decide on offer of a placement.

      The University has Fitness to Practice processes to consider students who may present issues relating to professional suitability at the beginning of the course and during their time on the course. In exceptional cases these processes can result in a student being withdrawn from the course and details passed to the professional regulator were applicable. Honesty is a core requirement for all professional courses and academic breaches such as significant or repeated plagiarism can give rise to Fitness to Practice processes.

      Health Foundation Year

      For candidates who have been successful at interview, but who are unable to subsequently meet the wider entry requirements, we may be able to offer you a four-year course which includes a foundation year.

      The Health Foundation Year will prepare you for future study and will be the first year of a four-year degree, and if successfully completed, you will be able to progress on to your chosen degree.

      Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

      Find out more about the Health Foundation Year

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      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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