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Social Work and Applied Social Studies BSc (Hons)

3 years, starting in September 2021

Gain the knowledge and skills to practice as a registered professional social worker. You’ll combine academic learning and a placement on this course.

This course will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in social work. We offer comprehensive training that will allow you to register as a social worker and practice in a range of settings. You’ll study the social sciences as a foundational base and develop more specific social work knowledge, values and skills.

You’ll be based in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences and our teaching team work closely with colleagues across the disciplines of sociology, social policy and international development. You'll benefit from their expertise and our fifty years of experience training social work practitioners at the University.

In your first year you'll study core social work units alongside sociology and social policy. Areas include social work and the law, psychology and social work theories and methods. You'll develop an awareness of social inequality and social justice that will underpin your training, and enhance your social work skills in readiness for your practice placements.

In your second year you'll begin your Professional Practice Placement and advance your study of social work. Alongside your placement you will also explore topics such as social work with children, families and adults.

In your final year you'll continue your social work studies and in your last semester you will undertake a final Professional Practice Placement. You’ll build on the knowledge and skills you have developed in previous years and apply this to your practice with service users and carers.

Professional practice placement

This course includes two mandatory social work practice placements. These take place in years 2 and 3.

In your practice placement, you will apply your knowledge, skills and professional understanding to direct practice with service users. You’ll be supported by your Practice Educator, Practice Supervisor and University Tutor.

We offer practice learning opportunities in a range of organisations, such as user-led agencies, small or large voluntary groups, independent or private agencies, local authority social work teams and health trusts.

We work in partnership with several local councils and social care providers that supply our professional practice placements. These include:

  • Alzheimer's Support
  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership
  • Bath Mind
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Carers Support organisations
  • Curo
  • Developing Health & Independence
  • Dorset County Council
  • Julian House
  • NSPCC
  • Somerset County Council
  • Swindon Borough Council
  • Virgin Care
  • Wiltshire Council

Study in an enriched learning environment

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.

You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars and placement experiences. Lectures are interactive and you’ll learn theory, legislation and research evidence and apply these to case examples and your experiences on placement.

Gain international experience

We arrange an international study tour once every two years where you can visit our partner universities. These trips include joint teaching and field visits to social work agencies. In recent years, there have been study tours to China, South Africa and India.

Professional accreditations

This course prepares you to meet the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and Social Work England standards for newly qualified social workers. You will be able to register as a professional social worker.

Prepare for your future

As a professionally qualified social worker, you might work in a range of health and social care settings, including the NHS, social services, and private and voluntary social care providers. Employment opportunities arise in multidisciplinary settings where social workers work alongside education, health care and legal professionals.

The course will also provide you with knowledge, skills and experiences that are transferable to many careers outside of social work.

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

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • First Steps
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Slough Children’s Services Trust
  • Virgin Care (formerly Sirona Care & Health)
Find out what our graduates go on to do

Course structure

This course lasts 3 years. It starts in September 2021 and ends in 2024. Induction week starts on 27 September 2021.


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

You’ll be taught and assessed by a variety of methods and it will vary between units. These methods are designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding of the subject.


Learning

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

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

Assessment breakdown

The balance of the assessment by examinations and assessment by coursework may depend on the optional units you choose.  

A broad range of assessments methods will be used throughout the degree. As a guide, approximately 90% of assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course.  

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 32% and 68% respectively. 

We can make reasonable adjustments to assessment procedures for students with disabilities, take a look at our Disability Service’s pages for information.  

Contact hours and workload

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activities. The balance of these elements within your overall workload may vary depending on the units you choose.

Contact hours

Timetabled contact hours, which can be made up of lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratory classes, vary throughout your course and between courses but are typically between 15 and 18 hours a week in your first year.

Independent learning

In addition to timetabled contact hours, you are expected to undertake independent learning and assessment activities. Typically, this might be between 20 to 35 hours per week in your first year, and include individual research, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, preparing coursework assignments, presentations, or revising for exams. After your first year, the emphasis on independent learning becomes greater, for example you may do a final year project in the final year.

‘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.

We will give consideration to candidates who wish to claim accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) status on a case-by-case basis. However, the practice placement units cannot be accredited through prior learning from other institutions or from personal or practice experience and must be completed as a part of the course. Please contact us to discuss any application involving APEL before applying.

We are aware that the context in which you are studying can have an impact on your ability to perform your best in exams and coursework, or limit which subjects or qualifications you are able to study at your school or college. We take this into careful consideration through our contextual admissions process.

Origin of qualifications

British qualifications

A level Typical offer

BBB

BBB in three A levels.

If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

A level Alternative offer

BBC

Most of our students will join us with three A levels, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers.

BBC in three A levels plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification
  • grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics (except if you are studying an A level in that subject)

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.

International Baccalaureate Typical offer

35 points

International Baccalaureate Diploma

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

International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme

We consider applicants studying the IBCP on a case-by-case basis based on the individual components studied. For this course you will typically need to study a combination of IB Higher Level courses and appropriate vocational study equivalent to three A levels. This vocational study can be any qualification we accept, such as a BTEC National Diploma (RQF) or two BTEC National Extended Certificates (RQF). If you are studying a BTEC National Extended Diploma (RQF) we may be able to consider you on the basis of that alone - please see our Pearson Edexcel BTEC requirements below.

Our typical offer will including individual grades in the relevant components - please contact admissions@bath.ac.uk for further advice before you apply.

Pearson Edexcel BTEC RQF Typical offer

DDM

DDM in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF).

Pearson Edexcel BTEC QCF Typical offer

DDM

DDM in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF).

OCR Cambridge Technical Typical offer

DDM

DDM in the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U Typical offer

M1, M1, M1

M1, M1, M1 in three principal subjects.

Cambridge Pre-U Alternative offer

M1, M1, M3

Most of our students will join us with three principal subjects, but you may have study beyond this (such as a Global Perspectives course or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers.

M1, M1, M3 in three principal subjects plus one of:

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

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.

Scottish Highers Typical offer

BB in Advanced Highers

BB in two Advanced Highers.

We make offers based on Advanced Highers. You will typically be expected to have completed five Scottish Highers and your grades in these will be considered as part of your application. We prefer applicants who have achieved at least BBBBB in their Highers.

Access to HE Diploma Typical offer

27 credits at Distinction

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma, with at least 27 credits awarded at Distinction and 12 credits awarded at Merit or above.

Ideally your Access to HE Diploma should cover relevant social sciences units, such as: Psychology, Sociology, Social Policy, Criminology, or Education.

Open University credits Typical offer

Pass units worth 120 credits including a minimum of a Pass 3 with 62% in a relevant Level 2 unit.

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 we consider students applying with Open University Credits on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

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 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.

Combinations of qualifications Typical offer

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, of which some common examples are:

  • BB in two A levels plus D in the BTEC National Extended Certificate (RQF) or the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • B in one A level subject plus DD in the BTEC National Diploma (RQF)
  • BB in two A levels plus M1 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • BB in two A levels (excluding Accounting) and B in the LIBF Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS)

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 4 or C
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4 or C (or equivalent from English language category B)

You do not need the required grade in Mathematics if you study a higher level qualification in Mathematics or Statistics (such as an A level, AS level or a Core Mathematics qualification).

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): 185 with no less than 176 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 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 six Irish Leaving Certificates.

A levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma

We accept these qualifications whether you have studied them in the UK or abroad. Our entry requirements are listed under the 'United Kingdom' section.

European Baccalaureate

We accept the European Baccalaureate and our entry requirements are listed under the 'European Baccalaureate' section.

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): 185 with no less than 176 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 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

An overall score of 14.

If Maths is not studied in the French Baccalaureate, we will require a minimum 12 in the Brevet or 10 in Additional Maths to be studied in Year 13.

Our requirements for the French Baccalaureate are the same for students studying the International Option Baccalaureate (OIB) for 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): 185 with no less than 176 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 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 with 8.0 in one subject.

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): 185 with no less than 176 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 185 with no less than 176 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 and funding information for Social Work and Applied Social Studies BSc (Hons)


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

Fee information is not yet available for this course. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.

Find out more about student fees

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. You will also be required to register with the DBS update service for each year of your degree. The current cost of the update service is £13 per year.

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.

In the social work profession the use of a car is often an essential prerequisite as the role involves visiting people in their communities. To ensure you have a placement opportunity that best prepares you for practice we ask that, where possible, you're able to drive and have access to a vehicle at the point you apply for your placement, around March or April in your first year.

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 textbooks.

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
    Full-time
  • Course code
    L501
  • Institution code
    B16
  • Department
  • Location
    University of Bath
    Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2021
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2021
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
  • Regulator

Selection process

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

Due to the nature of this degree, you will be asked to declare whether or not you have any relevant spent or unspent criminal convictions as part of completing your UCAS application. Should you declare that you have a conviction we will contact you for further information and you will be considered in line with our policy on applicants with criminal convictions.

You will also need to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check when you join this course. You will be asked to register for the DBS update service for the duration of your degree which allows you to keep your DBS certificate up to date for practice placements.

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.

If you are an EU or EEA national (except if you are an Irish national) and you do not currently live in the UK, please contact us at admissions@bath.ac.uk for advice on how Brexit may affect your ability to study this course before you apply.

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