Social Work and Applied Social Studies BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2018

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.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3


As part of your course you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

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

Learning and assessment


  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops


  • 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.


Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level


ABB - BBB in three A level subjects.

Alternative offer A level


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.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

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

Hong Kong 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.

France 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.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

73% overall.

India 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.

United States of America 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.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 8 overall.

Germany qualifications


** 1.8 overall.**

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

BBB in 3 H2 level subjects.

Greece qualifications


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.

Cyprus qualifications


18.5 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels .

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

Fees and funding

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


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 for further information.

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


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

  • Course title
    Social Work and Applied Social Studies
  • Final award
    BSc (Hons)
  • Mode of study
  • Course code
  • Institution code
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

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