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Birmingham City University

Social Work

UCAS Code: L501

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects. Must include either Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science. Subjects excluded - General Studies and Extended Project

AS

A,A-E,E

A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with either two A-levels, two 6-unit BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma. Must include either Health & Social Care, Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Social Science or Applied Science. Subjects excluded - General Studies and Extended Project

Full Award (60 credits overall). Minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 including 24 at Merit or Distinction in a Health/Science related subject. 15 credits at Level 2. Mathematics and English Language GCSE grade 4 should be gained prior to application. Must be in a health-related pathway. GCSE science is not required for Access students GCSE equivilences only from Access Courses achieved prior to 2014, except for 2 Year Part Time Courses started within the 12/13 academic year. 12 Credits must be achieved at Level 2 + and certificate must state 'GCSE Equivalent'

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE grade 4 Maths and English Language or above Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered. Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment. Acceptable equivalents: - BTEC Level 2 Diploma - BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate - City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 in Maths and English - Key Skills level 2 - Application of Number and Communication

HNC (BTEC)

P

Health/Science related subject

HND (BTEC)

P

Health/Science related subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates if they obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects with grade 4 or above in at least one Higher Level subject from Group 4 and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A - Grade 4 or above, OR English Language Group B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Health/Science related subject Must be offered along with either two A-levels, another BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Health/Science related subject

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D*

Health/Science related subject Must be offered along with either two A-levels, another BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*

Health/Science related subject Must be offered along with either two A-levels, another BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*

In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

In Health and Social Care Society, Health and Development or Science equivalent

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).

UCAS Tariff

112
24%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Social work

The role of a social worker involves working with vulnerable people across all ages and cultures to build trusting, respectful relationships. This programme will develop you into a supportive and highly skilled social worker, ready for a challenging but rewarding career. You will combine personal skills such as listening and communication with the ability to assess, act and work in partnership with service users and other professionals. Our curriculum follows the Professional Capabilities Framework and proficiency standards for social work, building evidence for your portfolio, reviewing key issues in social work practice and incorporating challenging scenarios.

Our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - the independent regulator for England. Upon graduation, you'll be eligible to register with the HCPC to practice as a professional social worker. Our course is also endorsed by the College of Social Work and is well known for producing excellent practitioners capable of operating in local authority, voluntary or private settings.

Extracurricular opportunities exist for international visits exist outside term time through our Go Abroad scheme to enrich your experience. A few students per year also get the opportunity to attend International Social Work Week in the Netherlands.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City South Campus, Edgbaston

Department:

School of Education and Social Work

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

90%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
76%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social work

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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