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BSc (Hons) Social Work

TARIFF: 96 - 120
  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2021
Are you a ‘people person’? Do you possess patience and perseverance? As a social worker, you will work with some of the most vulnerable groups in society, supporting them to overcome their personal barriers in order to lead a dignified life.
This is no doubt one of the most valuable careers you can choose so, if you love the idea of helping 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
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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.   

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Why study this subject?

Knowing how to help someone 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 and you'll be passionate about working towards solutions and managing each individual's unique problems. Social Workers strive to improve quality of life for others whilst dealing with complex situations and balancing tensions between care and control. 

The choice to become a Social Worker isn't a decision that should be taken lightly. We want people who are committed to their future career and determined to make a difference to the lives of others.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

Studying a BSc (Hons) Social Work degree with us will give you the insight and knowledge you need to become a valued and trusted support for the people you work with in your future career.

Knowing how to help someone overcome challenges isn’t easy. It’s important to us that we provide you with not only the theory but also the practical experience you’ll need to step into your future confidently.

Our lecturers are experts and have rich experiences to share that will make your learning come to life. They're all former practitioners themselves meaning they can provide you with a deep insight to the realities of being a social worker. It also means the theory you learn will always be linked to real-life practice.

Social work can be an intensely emotional subject to both study and practice so it’s important to have a supportive community around you. Our intimate student community and friendly teaching team makes studying at BNU a unique experience. You’ll always have someone there to talk to.

Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and work with front-line social workers who'll understand exactly what you’re going through. They can help prepare you for your career so you feel confident and resilient for whatever you choose to do beyond graduation.

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
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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?

This degree is aimed at developing future social workers who have the knowledge, skills and values to practice successfully in a challenging environment.

You’ll learn how social work fits in with UK government policy and legislation whilst preparing to effectively safeguard adults and children in the system and deal with issues like school truancy, drug and alcohol abuse, housing and benefit difficulties and helping people get back to work.

Over the course of three years, you’ll delve into lots of exciting topics like the context of social work, social policy, ethics and values, social work law and how to make change happen. You’ll also study a number of skills-focused modules to enhance your learning and employability.

All of our social work students go out on assessed placements throughout the course. Your teaching team finds placements within a 25-mile radius of the High Wycombe campus in different kinds of organisations related to Social Work. Our placement programme will provide you with experience of relevant statutory tasks and duties and the opportunity to develop skills and competencies needed to practice as a Social Worker when you graduate.

We work with a broad range of organisations to offer interesting social work placements, including Local Authorities, Healthcare Trusts, voluntary and independent sectors.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practical experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers.

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. The way we’ve designed this course means that come graduation, you’ll feel confident about stepping into your future as a social worker.

There's a strong emphasis on discussion and debate within this programme and you’ll be encouraged to reflect and draw on your own experiences, and to become responsible for your own independent learning.

You’ll be assessed through exams, essays, presentations and a personal portfolio, all in order to ensure you have grasped the key concepts in this important field.

You’ll also explore a specific subject of interest through your dissertation meaning you can focus on a passion project whilst being supported by your personal tutor.

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
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Placements Plus

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.

Useful information

BA (Hons) Social Work Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will require a UCAS tariff score of: 96 - 120

For this course, a minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. All applicants must have a GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English.

Access to Higher Education certificate (in a relevant subject) will normally require at least 45 credits at Level 3 with average unit passes of merit overall. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

On the application form you must list all your qualifications. For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Selection days

If your application is successful, you will be invited to a selection day. Selection days are a crucial part of the application process for social work courses at Bucks. If you are invited to a selection day, you will take part in a group discussion and an individual interview. You will also have to complete a written test, for which you will be able to prepare in advance.

Once you have attended and participated fully in a selection day, we will then make a decision on whether to offer you a place and you will be informed via UCAS Track.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20

Developing Skills for Social Work Practice

Ethics and Values

Lifespan Development

Preparation for Practice

Social Policy and Social Work

Society and Social Work

The Context of Social Work

Year 2 Modules

Service User Groups

Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5

Practice Learning 1

Practitioner Researcher

Social Work Law

Social Work Theory and Processes

Year 3 Modules

Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5


Inter-Professional Practice

Organisations, Management and Change

Practice Learning 2

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,250 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£13,750 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023

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 encourage our students to apply for work placements during the University holidays, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.

Our BSc (Hons) Social Work course will help prepare you for a range of career possibilities in a number of settings like hospitals, local authorities, voluntary services, youth justice services and more.

Upon graduation you’ll be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to become a qualified social worker in the UK. The qualification is also recognised in many other countries which can lead to employment internationally.

Our graduates have gone on to fulfilling careers in:

  • Children & Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)
  • The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  • NHS Mental Health Trusts
  • SMART Drug & Alcohol Recovery Services
  • Buckinghamshire Country Council
  • Reading Borough Council
  • Slough Borough Council
  • London Borough of Hillingdon.

Graduates can also choose to study the MSc Social Work degree.

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