BA Hons Social Work

University Of Greenwich

Program Overview

This social work degree provides academic knowledge and practical skills you will need for a social work career. You will explore a range of social issues, within children and families and adult social work.


Our teaching staff are active in research and experts in their fields while social work placements with local authorities will give you the skills required to practise as a social worker. Graduates can apply to register with the social work regulator, Social Work England.


In 2021 we secured Government funding to continue working together with London Borough of Bexley, London Borough of Lambeth, Hestia and the University of Kent (Associate Partner). This partnership will help develop a stronger and inclusive learning culture that involves people with lived experience, practitioners, employers, newly qualified social workers, as well as researchers and academics, and with a focus on the learners.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 15,100


IELTS: 6.5

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Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Academic and Personal Development (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Social Work (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Diversity, Ethics and Values (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Law and Social Work (30 credits)
  • Sociology for Social Work (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Human Growth and Development for Social Work Practice. (15 credits)

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Application of Law in Social Work (15 credits)
  • Assessment, Planning, Intervention, Review, and Evaluation for Social Work (ASPIRE) (30 credits)
  • Theories, Methods and Approaches for Social Work (30 credits)
  • Evidence Based Practice and Research (15 credits)
  • Disability (15 credits)
  • Safeguarding Children and Adults (15 credits)

Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.

  • Managing Risk and Complexity in Social Work (30 credits)
  • Knowledge & Skills for Social Work Practice (30 credits)
  • The Changing Context for Social Work (30 credits)
  • Service Evaluation and Social Work Effectiveness (30 credits)

Applicants from a UK educational background:

120 UCAS points from A-levels, of which no more than 12 points should come from AS-levels.


We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • CACHE Level 3 diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Advanced and Progression Diplomas
  • An approved Access Diploma in Higher Education (with a minimum of 2 distinctions in the course modules)
  • IELTS score of 7 or more with no component being less than 6.5.

Plus at least three GCSEs including English Language and Mathematics with a minimum of grade 4 (C) or equivalent key skills level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy.


Plus experience of caring or supporting children or adults at risk. This may be in relation to paid or voluntary work and might be combined with caring in a personal capacity. The skills and understanding of social work gained from the experience should be discussed and reflected upon in your personal statement.


Applicants will also be required to attend a selection day and take an online test.

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.


2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year)    
Home    £9,250 
International    N/A 

Fees information International fees
Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.


Accommodation costs
Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.

Funding your study
There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

Other costs
Further costs may include (but are not limited to):


Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies (estimate, £100 per year)
Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs (£4.55/month).

Will I have a work placement?
Our relationship with our partner agencies and social welfare organisations was commended by the HCPC. Our degree has strong work placement arrangements with local authorities as well as the private and voluntary sectors.


What sort of careers do graduates pursue?
We offer you the chance to enhance your personal growth and develop further into a profession with competitive skills.This degree will prepare you to practice as a social worker, once registered with HCPC.


Do you provide employability services?
Our Employability & Careers Service (ECS) is committed to supporting our students and recent graduates in their transition towards a rewarding graduate destination. We aim to empower our students to achieve their potential, with support including:

  • CV and cover letter checks
  • Application support
  • One-to-one careers advice
  • Interview tips and support
  • Careers fairs
  • Internships
  • Graduate jobs.
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