- Study Mode: Full time
- Location: High Wycombe
- Duration: Three Years
- Start Date: September 2022
Are you a people person? Do you possess patience and perseverance? As a Social Worker, you’ll work with some of the most marginalised groups in society, supporting them to overcome barriers in order to lead a fulfilled life.
This is no doubt one of the most valuable careers you can choose, so if you love the idea of working with people in a truly meaningful way, our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree could be the perfect course for you.
Embarking on a Social Work degree with BNU was the best decision of my life. I received a high standard of education and guidance from course tutors and other university staff.Zerbrina Peel
We understand that when it comes to deciding where you’d like to study, there are a lot of things to consider. Come along to our Open Day and discover why BNU could be the place for you. You can find out more about your course, meet the course team, and get all your questions answered.
For everything you need to know about applying, check out our Application Guide. You can find useful information for each stage of your application journey – from before you even apply to what to do if you receive an offer, and everything in between.
Why study this subject?
Knowing how to work with someone to overcome the challenges they face in life isn’t easy, but this course will give you the insight and understanding to do just that.
As a Social Worker you’ll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and exclusion. Social Workers aim to work in partnership with individuals and families to find solutions to unique problems. They also work towards improving quality of life.
As a Social Worker, you’ll work with complex situations and learn to balance tensions between care and control. You’ll also engage in relationship-based practice whilst fulfilling the expectations of your employer.
The choice to become a Social Worker shouldn’t be taken lightly. We welcome students who are committed to their future career and determined to make a difference to the lives of others.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
At BNU you’ll gain experience working with people who might need Social Work support because your study will combine classroom theory with real-life experience, some of which involves working alongside current Social Workers.
We work closely with People with Lived Experience so you can hear first-hand about the impact you could make with individuals and communities.
We work with a broad range of partners to offer interesting Social Work placements including Local Authorities, Healthcare Trusts, and organisations from the voluntary and independent sectors, all of which are within a 25-mile radius of our High Wycombe campus.
Our BSc (Hons) Social Work programme is accredited by Social Work England which means you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a Social Worker in England as soon as you graduate.
Our lecturers, all of whom are former Social Work practitioners, have rich experience from which to draw on. They will help you make sense of the theoretical elements of your studies by introducing their practice wisdom to lectures. Our tutors remain up to date with the latest sector changes and many of them lead and are involved with external forums, discussing and influencing the future of the sector. We also have course lecturers who are published authors in the field of Social Work.
One of the most rewarding elements of studying Social Work is sharing your experience with other students. Some days will be intensely emotional, so it’s important that you have a friendly team around you. We pride ourselves in our ability to get to know all our students, so you’ll be supported by personal tutors in groups of no more than ten. This will help you to get to know us as well as each other.
Bespoke teaching, good employment prospects, and support with personal and professional development are just a few reasons why I would recommend this course.Collett Small
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
We recognise how crucial Social Workers are in the community and this course will prepare you to work with marginalised people across the lifespan, from birth to death.
You’ll gain the necessary skills that employer’s value, like teamwork, communication, problem solving, analysis and evaluative skills.
The modules you'll study will enable you to have greater self-awareness, which will include your ability to manage your emotions and the emotions of others. Modules will also offer you the opportunity to gain relevant knowledge in theory, law and policy and how to implement this knowledge in practice. The experiences of people who have Social Work support will also be explored and examined, both from a theoretical perspective and a practice perspective, during your placement experiences.
Our modules cover important topics like Ethics and Values, Society and Social Work and you’ll learn about how Social Work is framed by legislation and policy in England.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Our Social Work programmes are full-time. Modules are taught to encourage independent study and will enable you to develop your own critical thinking, reflection and research skills – all of which will assist you in practice as an autonomous worker.
As well as group workshops, simulations, presentations and tutorials led by industry experts, you’ll also complete two placements where you’ll further develop your learning and understanding. You’ll be required to work the hours of the agency you’re placed with, while receiving on-going support and guidance from your Practice Educator and/or Onsite Supervisor, as well as your personal tutor.
You’ll be assessed through exams, essays, presentations and a personal portfolio, all in order to ensure you’ve grasped the key concepts in this important field. In your final year, you’ll explore a specific subject of interest through your dissertation project, meaning you can focus on an area of social work you’re particularly passionate about.
I choose to study at Buckinghamshire New University because of a range of different career prospects, high reputation in health and social care courses, and work experience opportunities.Remi Baganza
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 104 - 128
For this course, you must hold both GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications such as Level 2 Functional Skills in Literacy and Maths.
UCAS points can be obtained through qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC’s and Access to Higher Education courses in a relevant subject.
Please list all your qualifications on the application form - you will be asked to provide copies when we receive your application.
Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
If your application is successful, you’ll be invited to attend a Selection Event. This will include completing a written test to assess your written English ability, a group activity to assess your verbal English ability, and an individual interview.
Information about health, criminal, employment and personal history will be collected as part of the Selection Event but will not be disclosed to the interview team or used to make a decision about making you an offer.
If you disclose something that needs further exploration, this will be done separately from the interview process and any offer of a place will be made on a conditional basis, while your circumstances are assessed further.
All offers are subject to passing the Social Worker Selection Event and you will be informed of the outcome either via UCAS Track or directly by us.
This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. Please refer to the Programme Specification at the bottom of the Course Details tab for the full breakdown of core and optional modules, as well as the credits needed to complete your degree. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Society and Social Work
The Context of Social Work
Preparation for Practice
Ethics and Values
Social Policy and Social Work
Developing Social Work Skills for Practice
Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20
Year 2 Modules
Social Work Law
Social Work Theory and Processes
Practice Learning 1
Service User Groups
Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5
Year 3 Modules
Practice Learning 2
Organisations, Management and Change
Inter Professional Practice
Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5
What are the tuition fees
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021 - 2022
£9,250 per year
Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021 - 2022
£13,750 per year
Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023
£14,250 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.
We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
My course offers bespoke teaching, good employment prospects, and help with personal and professional development. My final year placement has been very challenging, and I do not believe I would have made it through without the support of my Tutor and the Practice Learning Lead.Collett Small
We’re so proud of our consistently high employability rate for our graduates. We have close and collaborative relationships with a range of Local Authority employers. We offer a recruitment event in your final year where you’re able to meet with employers to explore the next steps in terms of your first year of newly qualified status.
Our employer partners are very keen to ensure that they provide opportunities for our successful graduates every year. We also encourage you to start networking in your final year placement, which is often a springboard to future employment. We recognise that your journey to becoming a Social Worker does not simply end with us and we strive to ‘mind the gap’ between your education and your new career.
When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for professional registration with Social Work England (SWE) and your degree may also be recognised and accepted in other countries around the world.