Skip to main content

Social Work

BA (Hons)

School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Social Policy and Social Work

UCAS Code: L500 Full-time

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £12,660 per year

In Brief:

  • Study at one of the largest and most reputable providers of social work education in the UK
  • Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Placements provided by our partner agencies provide the opportunity for experiential learning that may boost employment prospects
  • An interview will be required for admission onto this course
  • NHS funding available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

The University of Salford’s BA (Hons) in Social Work provides cutting edge approaches to teaching and learning. Engaging students in a critical and meaningful approach to practice, the BA (Hons) in Social Work provides students with the requisite knowledge, values and skills needed to begin to recognise and address some of the most difficult social problems facing individuals, communities and societies today. The programme is characterised by a research-led curriculum in which staff use their own social work knowledge and experience to support students to learn and critically apply different theories and methods of research and practice. Governed by a Teaching Excellence Framework, these innovative and creative approaches to learning are designed to prepare students for confident and capable social work practice as applied with people living and working in diverse settings. Studying social work at the University of Salford ultimately enables students to learn about leading developments in the discipline so that they can gain a solid foundation from which to build practice wisdom and the ability to work with safety and effectively with others.

Course Details

Our approach to social work education reflects the important connections that exist between individuals, families and communities. We are proud of our ability to offer students a broad and solid foundation for professional social work practice and value opportunities for the exchange of ideas and experience with academics, professionals and experts by experience.

This course comprises periods of academic study and practice learning in a social work or social care setting. These practice learning opportunities enable students to safely apply and develop the learning that has been advanced in practice.

Course Structure

Students will complete the modules over the three years full-time.

Year 1

Provides you with a range of essential study skills which can also be applied to substantive aspects of the study of social work and to the practice of contemporary social work.
Ensures that you have the knowledge and understanding of the current discourses within contemporary social work, exploring the origins of social work practice; the dominant ideologies within current social work practice and explore how these ideologies have influenced the character, organisation and delivery of social work over time.
Ensures that you have knowledge and understanding related to the conceptualisation, organisation and practice of health and social welfare inside and outside of the United Kingdom.
You will be able to understand how contemporary social work is organised, delivered and practiced in the United Kingdom, the location of statutory responsibilities, the role of the third sector in the delivery of social work and the legal, organisation and professional requirement to work in a collaborative manner.
Helping you to understand that social work is an ethical, moral and legal activity set within a statutorily protected professional context. Frameworks of ethical practice will be identified and evaluated to explore the ideological influences.
Introducing you to contemporary professional social work practice thereby ensuring that you have relevant knowledge and understanding in preparation for the Assessment of Fitness to Practice (a requirement of The College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework).

Year 2

You will develop knowledge and critical understanding of the nature and consequences of the well-established structural division in social work practice between children and adults.
You will develop detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the role and function of assessment and intervention in contemporary social work practice.
You will develop your knowledge and critical understanding of social, environmental and political contexts for social work practice and critically analyse the range of theories relating to power and oppression, life stage development as well as themes of attachment, loss, crisis and trauma.
The 70 day professional practice placement (first placement) in an audited social work setting, which will provide you with the opportunities to demonstrate through practice, with supervision and support, the knowledge, skills and values set out in The College of Social Work PCF (end of first placement level capabilities) and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work.

Year 3

Will provide a detailed and systematic understanding and evaluation of social work research and its application to practice. The module will also identify and evaluate a range of research approaches/methodologies.
You will be able to consolidate knowledge related to theory and skills developed so far in the programme and develop a systematic understanding of the application in practice of a range of theories and models which inform decision-making and influence methods in social work.
Providing you with a detailed and systematic understanding of managing and producing an original research project (either a critical review of literature or small research project) thereby facilitating students’ systematic understanding of appraising research and relating this to a particular area of service provision.
Enables you to undertake a 100 day professional practice placement (final placement) in an audited social work setting, which will provide you with the opportunities to demonstrate through practice the knowledge, skills and values set out in The College of Social Work PCF (Qualifying Social Worker Level Capabilities) and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Open University Open University qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Two GCSEs at minimum grade C/grade 4 in English language and mathematics. Level 2 equivalents such as functional or key skills can be accepted.
UCAS tariff points 120 points from 3 A Levels (General Studies is not accepted)
BTEC National Diploma DDM
Access to HE 60 credits overall with at least 24 level 3 credits at distinction grade and 21 at level 3 at merit grade

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

Interview process

Candidates who are selected for interview will be required to attend and complete a written test, group activity and individual interview. Service users, carers and practitioners will be involved in the assessment process.

Acceptance on the course is also subject to satisfactory health and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance.

Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below 7.0.

Applicant profile

Due to the nature of the social work profession we aim to recruit empathic, committed people who have a passion for the welfare of others. If you can see yourself working in challenging and rewarding settings where you know you will make a difference, this will be the right choice for you.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £12,660 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £12,300 per year

Additional Costs

This course is approved for Social Work Bursary funding. For more details on the bursary please see the NHS social work bursaries website.

Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance is required in Year 1 of study only. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


This course has an integrated approach to teaching and learning, focusing on lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as independent learning methods.

You will undertake practice placements as part of the course. These will allow you to gain practical experience of the social work role in working with service users and carers. They will also provide you with the opportunity to explore and relate theory to a practice setting.

The University makes every effort to assist students in finding a placement but is unable to guarantee that a placement opportunity will be available or that students will have access to the placement of their choice. There is a nationally recognised shortage of placements and availability is dependent upon external providers who are able to offer a limited number of placements opportunities. If you are unable to take up a placement opportunity you will need to return any funding that you receive from the Student Loan Company if you are not actively attending the programme. Further guidance is available from the Practice Education Lead, Allison Coleman


  • Written assignments (50%)
  • Assessment of practice (40%)
  • Poster (5%)
  • One 'open book' exam (5%)


Social workers can expect to work in a wide variety of settings with differing career pathways that can take them to managing small voluntary sector projects or becoming commissioning managers. There are equally exciting careers to be had in the statutory and non-statutory sectors. Social work education also offers a challenging and rewarding career.

You can specialise in either adult or children's social work, providing services which could include:

  • Working with people with mental health problems, learning difficulties or physical difficulties
  • Providing assistance and advice that helps families stay together
  • Providing support to younger people leaving care who are at risk or in trouble with the law
  • Supporting older people to maintain their independence and wellbeing

As a professionally qualified social worker, you will be eligible to work in a variety of environments such as statutory, voluntary, independent or the private sector. You could also be employed by service users and carers.

Career Prospects

Demand for The University of Salford’s BA (Hons) in Social Work is very strong. The programme opens doors to employment in government and non-government organisations locally, nationally and internationally. For those interested in pursuing careers in social work research and teaching, the production of an empirical dissertation in the final year of the programme provides invaluable grounding for doctoral training and routes into employment in research and in higher education.

Links with Industry

Social work has many links with a wide variety of agencies in the Greater Manchester area. We work with local authorities, not-for-profit agencies and the voluntary sector. We work with over 300 agencies and are involved in collaborative training with our local authority partners.

Not the course you're looking for?

If this course isn't for you then please retry our course finder below.


Visit our A-Z list of courses.

A-Z courses