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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Become a social worker, 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. On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for professional registration as a qualified social worker.

Why Study Social Work?

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.

Entry requirements

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.

More information about entry requirements.

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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'll be introduced to theories of social work, human development, research 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.

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 MiddletonSenior Lecturer, Social Work

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 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successfully meeting the admissions process, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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.

Professional Foundation Year

We will consider your application for the main three-year professional programme. However, applicants may also be considered for a four-year option – i.e. the Health and Social Care Professional Programme with Foundation Year. The decision about your suitability will be made as part of the admissions process and if you are chosen to be interviewed for the Foundation Year option, this will be clearly stated in your Interview Offer Letter. Applications cannot be made directly to the Foundation Year and places are limited.

Find out more about the Professional Foundation Year

Please note the Professional Foundation Year is now closed for September 2020 entry.

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