Social Work and Applied Social Studies BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2018

This course is closed to applications for September 2018 entry.

Prepare yourself for a career as a professional social worker. Develop and apply your knowledge of sociology, social policy, psychology and research methods.

On this degree you’ll study the social sciences as a foundational base. Within this, you will develop more specific social work knowledge, values and skills.

As part of the course, you will apply your knowledge to the practice of social work. This is through the undertaking of 170 assessed practice days in Years 2 and 3, plus 30 skills days. You will gain research skills with particular focus on investigation, assessment and critical analysis.

In the first year, you will explore key topics in social policy, research methods, sociology and psychology. You will also be introduced to social work and learn about social work values. This will prepare you to apply your professional skills and theoretical and research knowledge to practice.

In Years 2 and 3 you will build on this by studying social work with children, families, adults and in mental health settings. You will also develop analytical, problem-based learning and transferable skills.

The course will prepare you for professional social work or further study.

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in the social sciences and social work. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

As a professionally qualified social worker, you might work in a range of health and social care settings. Increasingly, employment opportunities arise in multidisciplinary settings where social workers work alongside education, health care and legal professionals.

Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include :

  • Partnership NHS Trust
  • First Steps
  • 4Children
  • Sirona Care & Health
  • Trauma Recovery Centre

Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2021. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.


Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Units

At Bath, our courses are made up of units of study. Compulsory units cover core concepts that you'll need to understand as part of your degree programme. Some of our courses also offer the opportunity for you to study optional units. These allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you.

As an undergraduate, you will be expected to take 60 credits (ECTS) in each academic year. These are usually split into 30 credits for each semester you study. Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Learning and assessment


Learning

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Essay
  • Portfolio
  • Seminar
  • Written examination

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam

% practical exam

% coursework

Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 20% 0% 80%
Year 2 16% 0% 84%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching

% time in independent study

% time in placement/year abroad

Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 32% 68% 0%
Year 2 16% 64% 20%
Year 3 16% 74% 10%

Professional accreditations

By studying this course you will get workplace experience and learn about new developments in the profession.


‘I feel really confident that having studied at the University of Bath I am prepared to go out into the world of social work.’
Alison Walker BSc (Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (2013)

Entry requirements


Your application should demonstrate that you have personal, volunteering and/or employment experience that's relevant to social work or social care, and that you are capable of studying social work at degree level. You should reflect on what you have learnt from these experiences, and show us how you intend to apply this knowledge to your future study. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

A level Typical offer

ABB - BBB

ABB - BBB in three A level subjects.

A level Alternative offer

BBC

BBC plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall and 5,5,5 in three Higher Level subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer:
Pass the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 24 credits awarded at Distinction and 12 credits awarded at Merit or above.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

Typical offer:
DDD-DDM in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF)/BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF)/Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications we can consider.

Cambridge Pre-U

Typical offer:
D1, M1, M1 - M1, M1, M1

Alternative offer:
M1, M1, M3 plus one of the following:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge and Pre-U Global Perspectives

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would generally be looking for you to have taken relevant units in essay-based subjects, preferably but not exclusively in social sciences.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss your profile before making an application.

Typical offer:
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of a Pass 3 with 55-65% in a relevant Level 2 unit.

Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
BB in Advanced Highers plus ABBBB in Scottish Highers.

Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A level and a BTEC:

  • AB in two A level subjects plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A in one A level subject plus DD in the BTEC Diploma (QCF)/National Diploma (RQF)
  • AB in two A level subjects plus M1 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • AB in two A level subjects plus 5 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • ABB in two A level subjects excluding Accounting plus the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

GCSE requirements

GCSE Mathematics grade C or 4 plus GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category B).

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Irish qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Hong Kongese qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

444 in 3 elective subjects OR 44 in 2 elective subjects plus 5 in an any Mathematics extended paper.

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to join this course.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

French qualifications

French Baccalaureate

13.5 overall with 14 in either Economics and Social Sciences or History and Geography.

Option Internationale Baccalaureate (OIB)

12.5 overall with 14 in either Economics and Social Sciences or History and Geography.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

European qualifications

European Baccalaureate

73% overall.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Indian qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 75% across 4 subjects.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to join this course.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

American qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

4, 4, 4 in 3 APs.

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 28 or SATR scores of 680 in both Mathematics and Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to join this course.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Spanish qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 8 overall.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

German qualifications

Abitur

** 1.8 overall.**

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Singaporean qualifications

Singapore A levels

BBB in 3 H2 level subjects.

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to join this course.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Greek qualifications

Apolytirion

18.5 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Cypriot qualifications

Apolytirion

18.5 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels .

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

English language requirements

Category B

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 193 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Fees and funding


Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Extra costs

The following course-related costs are not included in your fees:

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

£50 payable at the start of your course.

Placement Travel Costs

You are responsible for covering the cost of travel to your placement in Years 2 and 3. These costs will vary depending on your placement location. If you are eligible for a social work bursary, then you may find some of these costs covered through the Placement Travel Allowance. The NHS bursary website has further details. Contact spsapplicants@bath.ac.uk for further information.

See advice on budgeting and more information about day-to-day costs.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying an undergraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. This is in addition to your student loan and you do not have to pay it back.

The NHS offers a bursary for this course.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information



Selection process

If you pass an initial assessment based on your application you will be invited to attend an interview. You will be provided with guidance on this in advance, so you can come fully prepared.

You will need to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check before you can start this course.

We are unable to consider applicants for deferred entry due to the nature of the selection process.

Immigration requirements

If you need a Tier 4 Student visa to study in the UK, you will not be able to join this course.

Course enquiries


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