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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.

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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM Children’s Care / Health & Social Care

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 12 Distinctions and 15 Merits

GCSEs: English language and mathematics (C or above)

Interview, enhanced DBS and health checks required.

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

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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.

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters:


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Practice 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.

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WHERE this can take you

Alumna: Sarah Smith

"Chichester has helped me to develop my confidence as a social work. So much so, that I returned to the University to undertake the Post Graduate Child Care Award and I'm now able to offer placements to Chichester students. I'd recommend the University to those who are looking to undertake a degree and want to valued and supported by their university."

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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

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

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 
  • Dissertation

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. 

Additional Costs

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The interview is designed to assess the applicant’s suitability for the social work profession.

It is expected that most students will have significant experience of a statutory care agency or voluntary/private organisation providing a social work or social care service.