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Social Work - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Social work is a profession that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. Accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), this demanding course enables you to practice as a social worker. You'll benefit from our extensive links with statutory organisations, local authorities and the voluntary sector, and from the experience our lecturers bring to their teaching. London Met is the 2017 "preferred provider" of the The North East London (NEL) commissioning panel, representing the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities. The partnership has commissioned us to train existing social workers who can supervise graduates starting out in social work, meaning you'll receive a continuity of support by London Met from your education through to your career.

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The Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course providing the knowledge, skills and values required by social workers which enables successful students to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). It’s been designed to meet the Standards of Proficiency (SOPs) as defined by the HCPC and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) requirements (originally set out by The College of Social Work).

We’ve integrated the nine areas of the PCF for social workers into our modules. The nine areas are:

  • professionalism
  • values and ethics
  • diversity
  • rights, both justice and economic
  • knowledge
  • judgement
  • critical reflection and analysis
  • contexts and organisations
  • professional leadership

Knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help you develop a professional identity as a social worker, enabling you to become a reflective, resilient  and effective social work practitioner.

This course is informed by research, evidence, current policy, practice and theoretical perspectives. You'll learn in a structured and dynamic environment with considerable interaction and through interprofessional learning with experienced academic staff, service users, other professional students as well key social work partners and practitioners.

The three-year period of study includes two placements, with at least one of the placements giving you experience of statutory social work tasks involving legal interventions and the provision of services to contrasting service user groups.


You're assessed via essays, exams, oral presentations, group work, a portfolio and two periods of assessed practice placements.

You'll also undertake supervised social work practice within at least two different practice settings over a minimum of 170 days during the course, as well as undertaking 30 skills days.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the HCPC.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Extended Diploma)
  • GCSE Mathematics and English grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification, eg Functional Skills Maths Level 2 and English Level 2)
  • two references that demonstrate a minimum of 12 weeks previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people normally within a social care or health context

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Social Work Extended degree.

You will also be required to have a minimum of 12 weeks previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people, normally within a social care or health context. Employer reference/s are required to verify your work experience.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview day where you will present your original qualification certificates, your passport and a completed self-declaration health check. In the interview you will undertake a written test, participate in a group exercise and attend an individual interview.

All offers of places are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely and EU nationals may be considered for admission but please note that an additional international enhanced DBS check will be required.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module provides opportunities for students to prepare for effective social work practice through:

    • The introduction of key concepts and foundation knowledge of need, risk, support and care for children and adults, and the role of the social worker.

    • Promoting an understanding of legislation, policy and practice guidance related to assessment and support/care planning and learning from inquiries and serious case reviews.

    • Providing an opportunity to comprehend and reflect on models and theories of assessment and support/care planning for children and adults and to develop practitioner skills in a context of social work ethics and values.

    • Promoting the involvement of children and adults in social work processes and the development of skills in the empowerment of service users.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module provides opportunities for students to:
    • Develop practice skills in an environment that is risk-free for service users and students.
    • Develop abilities, skills and understanding of the generic role of a social worker to achieve readiness for practice across a range of different service user groups.
    • Develop basic communication skills in-line with the Readiness for Practice criteria and PCF domains

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start)

    By the end of this module you will be able to
    • Identify and critically reflect on sociological and psychological theories of child development and evaluate their application through observational skills and research evidence.
    • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of ‘normal’ child developmental milestones within the parameters of diverse cultures and contexts.
    • Explain and analyse theories of adult development through the life course, to understand the specific, day to day difficulties and disadvantages faced by different adult service user groups including people who need the help and support of social care services because of ill-health, impairment/disability.
    • Assess theories of loss and grief and apply differing models of support within the context of anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory theory and practice.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    The module aims are to:
    • Introduce students to theories, contexts and policies within the social sciences and social work;
    • Introduce key literature within the social sciences and social work;
    • Examine the rationale for using social science knowledge as evidence to inform professional practice in a range of professional contexts;
    • Introduce students to the different value bases in social sciences;
    • Enable the students to recognise and apply AOP and ADP.
    • Equip students with key academic and inter-personal skills
    • Enhance the students understanding of reflective practice

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday afternoon

    Module Aims:
    1. Provide an opportunity for social work and students from other courses to explore key theory, policy and practice elements of partnership working within a user-centred approach. This will involve a range of disciplines including social work, social care, health and housing
    2. Enable students to experience, in a highly interactive way and within a safe environment, partnership working and organisational management relevant to partnership working, to inform present and future practice.
    3. Develop student’s capability to reflect upon their own experiences of partnership working and explore factors that influence this, including finance and resource constraints, the ethical bases across the different professional groups and to examine how common values may underpin effective partnership working.
    4. Locate the changing nature of organisations and evaluate the implications for effective inter-professional working within a theoretical and practice-based framework.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module introduces students to key social work related legislation (and how law is made) and case-law with particular emphasis upon law related to children and families, and vulnerable adults. Students will gain an understanding of how laws and legal processes impact upon social work practice and how they can support anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive approaches. Students will develop a confident understanding of the broader legal contextual and procedural boundaries for their practice and how wider legislationimpacts on the lives of individuals, families and communities (e.g. Human Rights Act).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    This module aims to explore social work and multi-agency practice interventions applicable to children and adults in need and at risk of harm. Students will examine how these are informed by theory, research and the voices of children and adults.  Knowledge of inquiries and serious case reviews inform learning and concepts of prevention and protection are central to the module. Understanding thresholds and the application of professional judgement underpin best-practice models

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    Social Work Practice Learning one provides experiential learning opportunities to integrate theory with practice, to demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour and relationships, to develop professional values and gain working knowledge of organisational contexts. It also aims to provide opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills required for practice with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities.

    It provides the first opportunity for students to practise in social work under supervised conditions, develop skills and enable the student to make progress towards meeting the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency (SOP).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module focuses on the need for students to analyse theoretical perspectives relevant to social work taking into account the practical and ethical impact these perspectives have upon different individuals, groups and communities. In addition they need to critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives and research-evidence with regard to relations of power and anti-oppressive practice relevant to social work in a manner that may be innovative, utilising knowledge from social work practice and theories relating to practice.
    Module Aims:
    • To enable students to understand and analyse the contested nature of social work
    explanations for the existence and circumstances of service users and the
    intervention implied by these explanations.
    • To identify and analyse theoretical perspectives relevant to social work taking into
    account the practical and ethical impact these perspectives have upon different
    individuals, groups and communities.
    • To critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives with regard to relations of
    power and anti-oppressive practice relevant to social work

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Monday morning

    This module aims to prepare students for effective social work practice through the following:
    • Placing the child and vulnerable adult as central throughout the social work assessment, investigation, intervention and review processes
    • Exploring the complexities of effective social work to protect children and vulnerable adults in the context of anti-oppressive practice
    • Emphasising a human rights approach to the subject in relation to current legislation, policy and practice guidance
    • Applying theory to the practice of proactive protection
    • Examining the role of multi-agency working together and partnership working in protecting children and vulnerable adults
    • Reflecting on the professional role with an emphasis on professional dangerousness

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon

    This module enables students to re-visits their teaching and learning on their course. It requires students to complete a substantive student led project. This is a core module for Social Work students and Youth students. Students will have scope to develop their critical analytical skills, engage with the research process and undertake a substantive exploration of a relevant subject and with a view to consolidating transferable skills for future employment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The Practice Learning 2 module provides the opportunity for students to:
    • Develop their knowledge, values and skills in relation to working with service users in more complex situations.
    • Develop an understanding of, and an ability to apply ethical principles and relevant legislation whilst working alongside professionally qualified social workers in a setting, and with a service user group that contrasts with the first placement setting and service user group.
    • Consolidate the skills and knowledge developed in their first placement and in University based teaching modules including the skills days.
    • Prepare for professional practice in social work under supervised conditions
    • Demonstrate knowledge of Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) (TCSW, 2012 and BASW 2017) and Standards of Proficiency (HCPC, 2012).
    By the end of their final placement students are expected to be practising at the level that will be required of a newly qualified social worker.

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If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Assessment and Planning
  • Communication, Values and Practice Skills
  • Human Growth and Development: A Life Course Perspective
  • Social Contexts for Professional Practice

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Partnership Working
  • Law for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work with Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Social Work
  • Social Work Practice Learning 1

Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:

  • Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Research and Evaluation Skills for Professional Contexts
  • Social Work Practice Learning 2

On completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a social worker. Social work is a protected title and only those registered can work in social work roles.

As the course leads to a generic social work qualification, you will not be limited to any particular field of social work. Our graduates take up posts in a variety of settings and care groups including children and families, adult social care, mental health and working with older people and those with learning disabilities.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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