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Undergraduate Social Work Applicant Interviews

Find out about what to expect and how to prepare for an applicant interview for the BSc (Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies course at Bath.

Social work selection interview

Due to requirements set by the regulator for social work, all our BSc (Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies applicants who are suitable at application stage will be invited to a selection interview day. If successful, you will be made an offer to study at the University.

We know interviews are nerve-wracking and hope this guide will help. While this is an official interview, we want you to be yourself and at ease; some previous students have even said that they enjoyed the experience.

Interviews for 2023 undergraduate applicants

We expect to conduct interviews in person at our Bath campus. We will continue to monitor the situation and offer alternative options, should they be required, based on government guidelines. We will update this page if the situation changes.

Interview selection day

Most interviews are held between late November and mid-March. If we invite you to attend an interview, we will email you details of the time and date around two weeks before.

During the interview selection day you will:

  • attend a live session with the Social Work Admissions Tutor to receive an overview of the course and the university
  • complete a timed written exercise
  • meet with our Student Ambassadors and explore the campus
  • have one-to-one interviews with a member of staff, and either a social work practitioner or a service user

If you have a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty, long-term health condition, or require any additional support, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may discuss your requirements with you prior to your interview.

Written exercise

The written exercise during your interview will be based on this social workers, resilience, positive emotions and optimism article. You should read and consider this before your interview. On the day, we will ask you to write your response to a set of questions.

Before your interview

Before the interview selection day, you must complete the Declaration of Suitability form. This is a requirement for students being admitted to the BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies course at the University of Bath.

When you receive an interview offer, you will get a link to this form via email with instructions to help you complete it.

You will use this form to declare any criminal convictions or cautions, as well as any health conditions that could adversely or negatively affect your social work practice. This enables us to assess the suitability of applicants to train as social workers, which we are required to do by our regulator, Social Work England.

Find out more about convictions and health conditions which Social Work England require social workers to disclose UK applicant guidance.

Preparing for your selection interview

Male student with blond hair and a casual blue check shirt being interviewed by two people with their backs to the camera
A student being interviewed

We want the process to be a positive experience for you. We will only invite you to attend a selection interview if we are interested in your application and want to find out more about you.

Typically you will be interviewed by two people; usually one member of staff and one other professional or service user.

There are two assessments you will be asked to complete during the day; a written exercise and a one-to-one interview.

Written exercise

The written exercise is based on the Social workers, resilience, positive emotions and optimism article. You should read and consider this before your interview. On the day, we will ask you to write your response to a set of questions sent by email.

One-to-one interview

This is not an academic interview. We want to learn more about:

  • who you are
  • your motivation for becoming a social worker
  • what you can contribute to the profession

We are looking for you to demonstrate that you have the best academic and practice potential and chance to succeed and flourish by studying a degree at Bath.

We will also ask you to answer some social work specific questions. Try not to get anxious if you are unsure of the answer straight away; you will be given time to work through the question and the interviewer will support you and want to see how you can apply your logic to work out the answer.

At the end of the interview you will be invited to ask any questions you have about the course and we will also provide you with some information about what will happen next.

Good ways to prepare for the one-to-one interview

What to wear

We would like you to feel comfortable during your interview and we do not have a dress code. Lots of candidates choose something smart but casual.

Interview outcome

You will be notified through UCAS Track whether or not you have been successful. We aim to notify you within two weeks from the date of your interview.

Ways to experience the university

We are currently able to deliver campus tours if a family group want to visit and have a look around (subject to government guidelines).

In the event that all our interviews and Open Days need to be held virtually, or you are unable to visit the university in person, we also offer virtual campus tours. There are also other ways to connect virtually with us and find out more about our courses, campus and students. You can find more information about our virtual tours and campus videos here.

Our tips for your interview

Watch this video for some tips from some of our undergraduates.


If you have any questions, please contact us.