Social Work - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Accredited by Social Work England, this demanding Social Work BSc degree will enable you to practise as a social worker. You’ll benefit from our extensive links with statutory organisations, local authorities and the voluntary sector, as well as from the experience our lecturers bring to the classroom.

London Met is the preferred provider of 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 to supervise graduates starting out in social work, which means you’ll receive a continuity of support from London Met throughout your career.

This course is in high demand and applications outnumber the places that are available each academic year. For routes into social work, you could also consider other related and equally exciting pathways on our Community Development and Leadership BSc (Hons), Youth Studies BSc (Hons) or Health and Social Care BSc (Hons) courses.

This course received a 95% overall student satisfaction score making us fifth in the UK for social work according to the National Student Survey 2021.

More about this course

Social work is a profession that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. This social work course is informed by research, evidence, current police and practice. You’ll learn in a structured and dynamic environment with considerable interaction with experienced academic staff, social care service users, as well as key partners and practitioners. Your learning will be enriched by fellow students from within health and social care sector who’ll share their experience, cultivating collaborative practice for providing service user-centred health and social care.

Our Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course that is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and values required to begin a career as a social worker. Successful completion of the course will enable you to register with Social Work England. It’s been designed specifically to give you the capabilities and skills needed to qualify and practise as a social worker.

We’ve integrated the nine key frameworks for social workers into our modules, including professionalism, values and ethics, diversity, rights, knowledge, judgement, critical reflection and analysis, context and origins, and professional leadership. Knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help you to become a reflective, resilient and effective social work practitioner.

During your three years of study towards the Social Work BSc, you’ll complete at least one placement providing you with experience of statutory social work tasks that involve legal interventions into care and provision of services to contrasting service user groups.


You’ll be assessed via essays, exams, oral presentations, group work, a portfolio and two periods assessed practice placements. You’ll also undertake supervised social work placements 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 Social Work England.

Our Social Work BSc is the only social work programme in the country that is fully validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the professional body for housing. This will give you an edge when applying for jobs and will help you in your future career.

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Entry requirements

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

  • a minimum of grades BBB in A levels (or a minimum of 120 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Extended Diploma)
  • GCSE English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification, eg Functional Skills English at Level 2)
  • 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
  • an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child and Adult Workforce, which is registered with the DBS Update Service

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 (including foundation year) BA (Hons).

If you’re shortlisted, you'll be invited to attend an interview day. On the day, you'll undertake a test, participate in a group exercise and have an individual interview.

As part of the admissions process, you'll need to complete a criminal convictions, health and personal circumstances self-declaration check; present your original qualification certificates and your passport.

Please note, this course does not accept credit transfer and applicants can only apply for Year One entry.

International students and English language requirements

Due to statutory requirements, we are not able to offer sponsorship under the Student 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 may be considered for admission who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely, but please note that an additional international enhanced police check will be required.


Once you've progressed to the second year of the course, you may be eligible for an NHS bursary. Eligibilty for being nominated to the NHS is based on your performance during the selection process as well as your performance during your first year of study. Find out more about the bursary.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 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) - Tuesday morning

    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

    This module is designed to develop a critical awareness of policy changes, professional approaches and contexts, professionalism, organisational functioning to promote effective partnership working. Students will be introduced to and explore key organisational theories and practices and develop a critical understanding of the impact of organisational culture and change and policies upon professional practice. The module also develops student skills in effective teamwork, collaborative decision-making and negotiation through a series of participative learning experiences.
    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 provides opportunities for students to:
    • Identify and critically analyse the main statutes, regulations and guidance relevant to social work.
    • Analyse case-law relevant to social work and critically evaluate the law as it applies to children and families and vulnerable adults.
    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the law within the context of anti-discriminatory practice

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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)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)

    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.
    • Prepare for professional practice in social work under supervised conditions.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) (BASW), Standards of Proficiency (HCPC) and the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) (DfE and DoH)

    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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Where this course can take you

Once you successfully graduate from this course, you will be qualified to register with Social Work England and practise as a social worker. 

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 both statutory and non statutory settings and with different care groups including children and families, adult social care, mental health and working with older people and those with learning disabilities.

Additional costs

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 applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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