BA (Hons) Social Work
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Start Date
Course Type
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Sep 2019
Franchised HE
About this course

The planned BA (Hons) Social Work degree is currently subject to validation by Oxford Brookes University and subject to approval by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulatory body which oversees professional social work training in England.

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Oxford Brookes BA (Hons) Social Work degree.

Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration as a qualified Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  It is a legal requirement under the ‘Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001’ to be registered on the HCPC register in order to practice with the protected title of ‘social worker’. 

For more information, please visit the HCPC website at

What will I learn?

Social workers perform a key role in providing the right support at the right time to individuals, families and groups.  The BA (Hons) Social Work degree will provide you with the knowledge, skills and values to enable you to make a real difference to people’s lives. 

Year 1
Year 1 is designed to provide a common academic and skills foundation for social work practice.

Year 2
Year 2 involves study of specialist modules on social work with children and families, adults, mental health and research methods.  It includes a 70 day practice placement typically in a voluntary or independent organisation. 

Year 3
Year 3 involves study of modules on professional development and a dissertation on a social work related topic.  It includes a 100 day practice placement in a statutory social work setting. 

Entry requirements

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Requirements:

All applicants must undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and occupational health checks as part of a ‘fitness to practice’ screening. 

Academic Requirements:

You should normally have:

• 3 A Levels at grade C or above or a BTEC Extended Diploma at grades MMM (96 UCAS Tariff Points).

• GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade C (4) or above.

• Sufficient experience of paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people.  This experience should be sufficient to enable the applicant to clearly demonstrate their commitment, motivation and understanding of social work knowledge, skills and values.

Applicants aged over 21 who do not meet the academic entry criteria may still be considered if they have significant and relevant work / life experience.

However, we would still expect to see evidence of further studies at level 3, e.g. an A level, Access to Higher Education or Open University course in a relevant subject and GCSE grade C (4) or above (or Functional Skills equivalent) in Mathematics and English Language.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Year 1 of the course is College based and is taught over a maximum of three days in College. You will be expected to undertake both independent reading and learning via the College’s internal online learning platform (eStudy) to support your learning.

Years 2 and 3 of the course are a mix of College based learning and practice placements. The College element will be a maximum of three days a week. The practice placement element involves full time five days a week attendance at an allocated placement setting where you will be expected to work a normal agency day of 7.5 hours.

A College Tutor will be assigned to support you academically throughout your studies. You will be supported and assessed on your practice placement by a Practice Educator who is both qualified as a social worker and educator.

Taught modules are assessed in a range of ways, e.g. assignments, tests and presentations. Your practice placement is assessed by a portfolio of evidence which you compile during your placement.

Additional costs and information

The cost of this programme is £7,500 per year (to be confirmed).

Please consult Student Finance England for advice on tuition fees and maintenance loans at

As the programme is currently subject to University validation and HCPC approval, UCAS codes are still to be advised.

For an informal discussion about the Social Work programme, please contact Lorraine Simpson, Programme Leader on 01225 756249 or email

For more information or to register your interest, please contact the College's HE Admissions team on 01225 756200 or email

What could I do next?

On successful completion of the course and successful application for HCPC registration, you will be able to secure employment as a qualified social worker in a wide variety of settings, e.g. community teams, hospitals, public sector and voluntary organisations.

You can specialise in areas such as children and families, adult care, older people, people with disabilities, mental health or youth justice.