BA (Hons) Social Work

This course is aimed at people who wish to become professionally qualified social workers. Successful graduates from this programme will be able to register with the Health Care Professions Council as qualified social workers.

Student view

Peter Burrows
The course is driven by a warm and experience team, with an abundance of lived and worked experience in their specific fields. In addition, their creativity towards the subjects we are learning is hugely stimulating and challenging. The lecturers are always open with their suggestions and there has never been a moment when they are not there to give support and advice for those difficult times. Not to forget the advantage of a truly approachable administration team who are an integral part of the department, and knowing there are always available with additional support for all those other challenges is vastly reassuring. Speaking from the heart, the course would have to be described as life changing and an essential component towards gaining a greater understanding and compassion in relation to our own communities and fellow human beings.

Course content

The course begins with a carefully structured induction programme. This is designed to prepare you for the wide range of experiences and learning opportunities that you will encounter during the degree. At every level of the course there is a module to develop personal and professional skills. You will be supported by a structured tutorial programme; linking campus-based learning to the key roles of a social worker.

Why this Course?

The course combines a professional qualification with an academic degree

  • An excellent rating in the national student satisfaction survey
  • We are small enough to ensure personal contact and large enough to provide good services and support
  • An excellent record of providing a wide range of settings for practice experience
  • A well-established reputation for teaching Social Work to degree level and beyond
  • Experienced and qualified social workers trained to act as practice educators
  • Mature students welcome with nonstandard qualifications
  • Careers advice

Health Care Professions Council

Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to register with the Health Care Professions Council, the social work profession's regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Workers. 


Please note that students who are accepted on the BA Social Work (Hons) may be able to apply for a bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority for part of the programme of study. 

There is no guarantee that a bursary will be available to every student as the overall number available is capped.   

Further information on social work bursaries, including the eligibility criteria, can be obtained from their website or download their leaflet.

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Social Work course is delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.  There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. Your Social Work subject librarian will be available to help you access all the library resources on the shelves and online.

Where this can take you

As a Graduate of this programme you will meet the National Occupational Standards for Social Workers and register with the Health Care Professions Council as a newly qualified social worker.

This will lead you to Social work careers in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

Work placements

From the beginning of your course to your final year there are modules available to develop your personal and professional skills.
You will have the opportunity to carry out key social work roles within practice placements totalling 170 days.  An allocated personal tutor and a structured tutorial programme is provided to help you link campus-based learning to the practice placements.

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Induction
  • Disability and Social Work
  • Communication Skills for Social Work
  • Developing Skills for Social Work
  • Introduction to Legal and Policy
  • Frameworks
  • Introduction to Society and Social Change
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Understanding Diversity
  • Linked Tutorial Programme
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Community Project

Year Two

  • Assessed Practice 1
  • Ethics and Professional Dilemmas Law in Social Work
  • Social Work Methods
  • Understanding Group Dynamics Safeguarding
  • Linked Tutorial Programme
  • Psychology and Mental Health

Year Three

  • Assessed Practice 2
  • Linked Tutorial Programme Dissertation
  • Research Methods
  • Reflection, Analysis and Decision Making
  • Complex Work with Children and Adults 

Teaching and Assessment

This programme will enable you to qualify as a social worker after the equivalent of 3 years of full-time study.  There are no optional modules.

Teaching strategies

The BA Social Work has been designed in accordance with professional standards and will enable students to meet the entry as well as progression requirements set out within the Professional Capabilities Framework.  This is seen as a continuous professional development pathway for student social workers and includes the move through readiness for direct practice requirements from year 1 to year 2 and finally to meet employer standards for the Assessed Year in Supported Employment (AYSE) at the end of the final year. 

Where appropriate, service users are invited to be involved in the assessment of students both in practice, through feedback to the practice tutor, and occasionally in academic assignments.

Practice Placements

Students are expected to undertake two practice placements, 70 full working days in year 2 and 100 full working days in year 3.The assessment of competence in social work practice is central to the programme. 

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Course length

3 Years Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 105 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points


International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 12 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit

GCSEs: C / 4 or above in both English language and mathematics (or Key Skills at Level 2 Application of Number).

Interview, enhanced DBS and occupational health checks required.

Applicants must have some relevant social work or social care experience.