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Coventry University

Social Work

UCAS Code: L500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


to include 14 points at Higher level.

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


in a Health based subject.

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Full-time | 2020


Social work

People study social work because they want to make a difference. They care for people in need and are determined to try to give a better life to those experiencing abuse, neglect, ill health, poverty or disability.
Educating social workers for over 50 years, Coventry was chosen by Government in 2012 as a regional partner in the Children’s Workforce Development 'Step-up to Social Work' project. All of our course tutors are qualified social workers with many years’ professional experience and many are research active. They have worked for local authorities, voluntary organisations and regulatory bodies both in the UK and abroad. Many tutors have held senior positions within these organisations either as managers or in advisory capacities, informing on legislation, governance and practice developments, ensuring you receive social work teaching that is informed by specialist and expert knowledge of both national and international social work practice.
You’ll find a course team passionate about the profession and committed to preparing the next generation of social workers with the skills, knowledge and values required in today’s complex, multicultural world. Both our staff and students, who include school leavers and mature students returning to study, come from a range of diverse social, ethnic and religious backgrounds. This mirrors the cultural diversity of wider society, bringing richness to the learning experience.We benefit from strong partnerships with local statutory agencies, including Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and
We’ll encourage you to understand the causes of social need and exclusion. For example, first year students undertake activities which help them to understand the impact of social environments on individuals and families Students also pursue their own investigation and critical enquiry through a supervised dissertation project. You’ll put theory into practice on placement in a range of social work and care settings, dealing with complex situations and learning alongside experienced practitioners. Placements in the past have included children and family placements in duty teams, long-term teams, family centres, fostering and adoption centres, child protection, adolescent mental health and children’s disability teams. Adult and community care placements have included Independent Living Teams, hospital teams, homelessness and addictions services, hospices, disability teams and mental health.

- 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS, 2018)

- Engagement with current social work practitioners, service users and carers and related disciplines through focused ‘Skills Days’ teaching.

- Opportunities to attend events with guest speakers from the UK and a range of other countries to set the context of social work internationally.

- Excellent community links with service users and carers in organisations/agencies like local mental health trusts and centres, which are integrated into many aspects of the course.

**Accreditation and Professional Recognition**
This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:
**Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)**
This programme is subject to rules and requirements of the professional body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and prepares students for critical and reflective professional practice according to the HCPC’s approval standards of education and the Professional Capabilities Framework, currently held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the HCPC to practice as a professional Social Worker. We also encourage you as students to become members of the British Association of Social Work. Additional costs may apply. Please check with the membership body for details.


For details about individual modules please visit the course page on our website.

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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.

Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

Staff make the subject interesting
Staff are good at explaining things
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
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

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

UK students
International students
Male students
Female students
2:1 or above
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)


After graduation

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What are graduates doing after six months?

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Average annual salary
Employed or in further education
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Welfare professionals
Welfare and housing associate professionals
Childcare and related personal services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

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.







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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