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 2021 undergraduate applicants
At this stage, we are expecting interviews to be conducted virtually, via Zoom. We will be continuously monitoring this based on government guidelines and will update this page if the situation changes and we are able to provide the option of interviews on campus.
Should you be invited to attend a virtual interview and have any questions or concerns about this (for example if you have limited access to technology or online resources), please email the department to discuss the alternatives.
Interview selection day
Most interviews are held in late November through to 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 online session with the Social Work Admissions Tutor, to receive an overview of the course and the university. Applicants will then be put into breakout rooms to get to know each other/hold a group discussion
- complete a timed written exercise
- attend a Q & A session / informal chat with Student Ambassadors
- 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.
Preparing for your selection interview
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.
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.
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
- Think about what has motivated you to study social work and why you would like to study with us
- Consider what has interested you during your current study/life experience and prepare some well thought out examples that evidence your passion for social work
- Familiarise yourself with social work related articles and topics (particularly the British Association for Social Work (BASW), The Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), Social Work England and Community Care)
- Be prepared to discuss anything you have included in your personal statement and expand on this during your 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.
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.