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Social work

Undergraduate courses starting in 2024

Social workers support and empower people to improve lives. They protect vulnerable people whilst respecting and promoting human rights.

Social work is a profession that is centred on people. You'll learn how to support a wide range of people in diverse and complex situations and develop professional capabilities in respect of social work knowledge, values, and skills. Through teaching and your Professional Practice Placement, you’ll develop the necessary knowledge to assess needs, respond to crises, and advocate on behalf of individuals or communities.

By studying social work, you’ll learn how to:

  • undertake direct work with service users
  • assess needs
  • respond to crisis situations
  • advocate on behalf of individuals or communities
  • work with a range of professionals from many different disciplines

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.


Social Work and Applied Social Studies BSc


The awards, accolades and league table rankings for this subject.

‘One of the best things about Bath was the quality of the lecturers. They're still actively producing research; some are still actively working in social work.’
Gabriel Alves BSc (Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Graduating year, 2020)