Faculty of Health Sciences

Social Work

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L500

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Social Work and Society: Developing a Critical Perspective

  • Social Work: Theory and Practice

  • Human Development Across the Lifespan

  • Becoming a Professional

  • Social Work and the Law

  • Becoming a Research-Minded Practitioner

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In year 2 you will complete your first placement (70 days) and study.

Core modules

  • First Placement

  • Understanding the Contexts of Service Users' Lives

  • Becoming a Professional: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities

  • Developing Critical Approaches to Mental Health

  • Social Work with Adults

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

In your third year you will be given the opportunity to study a specialist module, alongside your second placement (100 days) and core modules.

Core modules

  • Becoming a Professional: Decision Making and Professional Judgement

  • Social Work with Children and Families

  • Last Placement

  • Understanding the Contexts of Social Work Practice

Plus two options from the following

  • Social Work and Substance Misuse

  • Loss, Dying and Bereavement

  • Working with Young Offenders

  • Domestic Abuse

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More about this course

The BA in Social Work enables you to develop a sound grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values and we are committed to training you to the highest intellectual and professional standards. This innovative and challenging three-year programme has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC.

The programme enjoys strong relationships with service users and carers and a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. You will experience high-quality placements which offer excellent learning opportunities and support in practice. 


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Work with leading experts and benefit from real-world experience to prepare for a career as a confident and compassionate professional.

Placements include projects dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, school inclusion and child sexual exploitation.

BA Social Work graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as qualified social workers.

Youth Work and Community Development students gain two professional qualifications – one for youth work and one for community development.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

We organise a Careers Fair every Easter so that social work students can meet representatives from a range of employers from the statutory and independent sectors in the region and beyond.

Whilst the most common occupation is that of social worker, our graduates are also employed as community workers, welfare rights advisers, housing officers, youth justice officers and drugs specialists. Some other graduates choose to embark upon post-graduate study in the service of enhancing their skills in therapeutic practice or research, and some have returned to the University of Hull to complete doctorates in social work.