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Social Work Extended Degree (Including Foundation Year) - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This extended degree provides the foundation level of knowledge needed to study an undergraduate course. It's suited for those who don't have the required qualifications for a traditional undegraduate degree. The course will engage your interest in a range of issues within the social sciences and humanities.

In the foundation year, we'll focus on improving your academic skills, boosting your confidence and unlocking your potential. This will provide an excellent base level of knowledge, allowing you to progress to the remaining three years of this Social Work BSc degree.

The knowledge, skills and values you learn will help you develop your professional identity as a social worker, so that you become a reflective, resilient  and effective social work practitioner.

This four-year extended degree is ideal if you're looking for a career in which you can make a difference to contemporary society.

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The Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course providing the knowledge, skills and values required by social workers, enaballing you 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

The knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help to develop your 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, from experienced academic staff, service users, other professional students, as well key social work partners and practitioners.


There are a variety of assessment types across the modules. Assessment types include portfolios of reflective writing, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.

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

  • At least 32 UCAS points achieved through A levels or a vocational qualification
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above or equivalent

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

This course involves studying a range of topics over one year and will allow you to better understand the degree subject you aim to progress on to at Level 4.

Topics at level 3 include:

  • Introduction to humanities and social sciences
  • Study skills for Access to Higher Education
  • An introduction to academic research
  • Specialist pathway studies in social work
  • Topics at Levels 4, 5 and 6 are determined by the pathway choice following the completion of Level 3 and other necessary Mathematics and English qualifications

On completion of your degree, you'll 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 won't 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, as well as 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

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

Applicants for September part-time entry should apply direct to the University using the online application.

Non-UK and EU applicants for September entry may apply via UCAS, but may also apply directly to the University via the apply online button.

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.

Visit UCAS for more details.

Fees and key information

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