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Social Work and Applied Social Studies (including Placement) BSc (Hons)

University of Bath

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Gain the knowledge and skills to practice as a registered professional social worker. You’ll combine academic learning and a placement on this course.

This course will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in social work. We offer comprehensive training that will allow you to register as a social worker and practice in a range of settings. You’ll study the social sciences as a foundational base and develop more specific social work knowledge, values and skills.

You’ll be based in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences and our teaching team work closely with colleagues across the disciplines of sociology, social policy and international development. You'll benefit from their expertise and our fifty years of experience training social work practitioners at the University.

In your first year you'll study core social work units alongside sociology and social policy. Areas include social work and the law, psychology and social work theories and methods. You'll develop an awareness of social inequality and social justice that will underpin your training, and enhance your social work skills in readiness for your practice placements.

In your second year you'll begin your Professional Practice Placement and advance your study of social work. Alongside your placement you will also explore topics such as social work with children, families and adults.

In your final year you'll continue your social work studies and in your last semester you will undertake a final Professional Practice Placement. You’ll build on the knowledge and skills you have developed in previous years and apply this to your practice with service users and carers.

Professional practice placement

This course includes two mandatory social work practice placements. These take place in years 2 and 3.

In your practice placement, you will apply your knowledge, skills and professional understanding to direct practice with service users. You’ll be supported by your Practice Educator, Practice Supervisor and University Tutor.

We offer practice learning opportunities in a range of organisations, such as user-led agencies, small or large voluntary groups, independent or private agencies, local authority social work teams and health trusts.

Professional accreditations

This course prepares you to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and Social Work England standards for newly qualified social workers. You will be able to register as a professional social worker.

Prepare for your future

As a professionally qualified social worker, you might work in a range of health and social care settings, including the NHS, social services, and private and voluntary social care providers. Employment opportunities arise in multidisciplinary settings where social workers work alongside education, health care and legal professionals.

The course will also provide you with knowledge, skills and experiences that are transferable to many careers outside of social work.

Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include:

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • First Steps
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

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A level : BBB

BBB in three A levels. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.A level Alternative offer:BBCMost of our students will join us with three A levels, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers:BBC in three A level subjects plus one of:grade A in an EPQgrad


University information

University of Bath

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  • Campus address

    University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 7AY, England

The University of Bath includes students and staff from all over the world. Over 130 nationalities are represented among nearly 4,000 international students.
Extra support is offered to students when they arrive, including collecting them from Heathrow Airport and organising a welcome programme of events.
English language support is available to non-native English speakers, helping them to continue building their language skills while they study.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

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    5th out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

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    150 86%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    142 72%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    83 83%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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