Social Work BA (Hons)

About the course

Social work is an established professional discipline regulated by law that has a clear preventative role within the community.

The aim of this degree is to train workers who will be confident, effective, resilient and safe practitioners. Students completing the programme are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council |(HCPC) as a social worker.

We provide an environment that is stimulating and challenging, preparing social workers who are able to meet the challenges of the profession.

Social work education is undergoing significant changes as a result of the Social Work Reform Board and as a consequence, the curriculum will change to meet the requirements of the new Professional Capabilities Framework.

The modules outlined below are therefore subject to change for 2013. Responsibility for the regulation of social work will transfer from the GSCC to the Health and Care Professions Council from July 2012 (subject to parliamentary approval).

The DMU website entry will be updated to reflect progress with these changes. Leading to a professional qualification and eligibility to register as a social worker, this programme will also be regulated by the Health Professions Council (subject to validation).

Reasons why you should choose to study Social Work Degree at DMU

  • You may be eligible for a non- repayable Social Work student bursary of up to £4,575
  • Rated the top Social Work degree in the Midlands (Guardian League Tables, 2012)
  • Our staff have extensive experience in social work practice and research, and we have an established reputation of more than 30 years Social Work teaching
  • Practical work placements with strong local partnerships
  • Multidisciplinary research informs our teaching and approach to social work practice
  • Inter-Professional Education (IPE) promotes learning from other students across local institutions
  • Our staff have extensive experience in social work practice and research

Key facts

UCAS course code: L502

Duration: Three years full-time

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

UCAS Points

Minimum of 300 points


  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English. Plus one of the following:


  • Normally with at least 200 points from 2 A levels with a specified subject at grade B or above


  • BTEC National Diploma - BTEC with Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC National Certificate - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) - BTEC with Distinction/Distinction/Merit 
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC 90 credit Diploma - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications

Access Course

Pass. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject.

Applicants will have an individual interview and a group interview. Student will produce a short written piece of work (2 sides of typed A4) on an allocated topic. Demonstration of emotional resilience through an individual interview.

Work Experience:
Yes - 450 hours PT or 3 months FT voluntary or work-based experience in a social work or social care setting involving direct work with service users or carers, prior to the start of the course and where a reference can be provided. This must involve direct work with service users or carers during the last 5 years. This cannot include observational placements gained during college courses.

International Baccalaureate: 30+

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application form before starting the course, which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy. Contact us for up-to-date information.

Three months or 450 hours experience in a social work or social care setting involving direct work with service users or carers and where a reference can be provided. (This cannot include observational placements gained during college courses).

International Students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Teaching and assessment

Social work is a full-time programme and in the first year, you can expect to be in taught sessions on most days. In the second and third years, you will have one to two days of independent study each week.

Teaching and learning approaches include individual and group work, shadowing, problem based learning, lectures and tutorials.

During placements, you will work during the normal hours of your placement agency. A range of assessment methods are used on the programme, including academic coursework, presentations, videos, exams, dissertation and analysis
of practice.

Course modules

During the course, you will explore various aspects of social work and the role of social workers in society. There is a strong emphasis on anti discriminatory practice and look at practical ways of addressing inequalities in society.

The range of reflective and specialist modules on this programme prepare you to work with people in a variety of fields in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors; including child protection, older people and mental health for example.

First year

  • Preparation for social work practice
  • Introduction to law, policy and procedure
  • Understanding the life span (Human growth and development)
  • Introduction to social work theories and skills in practice

Second year
  • Practice placement (70 days)
  • Law for social work practice
  • Social work theories and skills in practice
  • Research informed practice
  • Inter-professional education

Third year

  • Research Project
  • The developing professional practitioner
  • Professional judgement and decision making
  • Final practice placement (100 days)

Industry links and professional accreditation

The high quality of our Social Work provision has been recognised and accredited by the General Social Care Council. The course content, delivery and teaching meets the high standards set by this professional body.

Work experience and placements

Students take on two placements of approximately 100 days each to prepare to be effective practitioners. Placements are located in statutory, voluntary and private agencies, such as hospitals, residential care, in fieldwork settings and in housing and homelessness projects.

You will work with a wide range of service user groups

Graduate careers

Our graduates go on to work with the range of service user groups identified above and including social work with children and families, in duty and assessment, in child protection with people in mental health distress, with older people, with people with learning disabilities and people who are problematic substance users.

Postgraduate opportunities allow you to continue your professional development, including; Masters in Research| (Social Work) MRes, Health/Youth and Community Development| (with or without Professional Qualification) MA.

Learn more about graduate employability and careers|

Fees and funding

Fees below are for 2014

Full-time £9000
Part Time 2013/14
4 Year Course £5925
6 Year Course £3950
Per Module (15 Credits) £988
Band 1 £10,750
Band 2 £11,250

Allocation of Student Bursaries

The Department of Health allocates bursaries for all social work courses nationally, including De Montfort University. A total of 2500 bursaries are divided out amongst all institutions which offer a social work degree course for supporting undergraduate students on the course.

These bursaries are available for students from the 2nd year of study onwards. No student will be able to receive a bursary during their 1st year so are therefore advised to secure student loans to cover fees for that academic year. Further details about Higher Education fees and finance support can be found at

The number of bursaries available for each UK University for the forthcoming 2014/15 academic period has not yet been confirmed. De Montfort University will work hard on your behalf to ensure the maximum number of bursaries is made available to you; however it is important to note that there is a small chance that not every student joining the degree in September 2014 will receive a bursary from the start of their 2nd year in September 2015.

Where student numbers exceed the number of bursaries a selection process will be completed following criteria set by the Department of Health to identify those who will receive the bursary.

All Universities may find themselves in the position where they will need to employ such a selection process.

De Montfort University are however very pleased to be able to confirm that ALL students undertaking their placements will receive financial support for their placement travel expenses.

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Recent investment of £8 million in to our first-class teaching and learning facilities, develop your practical experience and enhance your employability upon graduation.

At DMU you will benefit from 24 hour access to our fully equipped library and Learning Zone for focussed group and independent study.

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How to apply

Applications for undergraduate courses from UK/EU applicants must go through UCAS, you can fill out an application form through their website|. If you do not have regular access to the internet or find it difficult to fill out applications online you can request an alternative format from UCAS either through their website or via the contact details below.

International students can apply to study at DMU using our online applications portal|.

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Contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Admissions Team
De Montfort University
Edith Murphy Building
Leicester, LE1 9BH

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