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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Social work
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
98% MED
Average graduate salary
£27k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

Must be in a relevant subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Must be in a relevant subject.

International Baccalaureate

To include a minimum of two Higher Level subjects, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).

UCAS tariff points

112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). Access courses in Health and Social Care are also acceptable. All shortlisted applicants are subject to interview. All offers are subject to Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and Occupational Health clearance.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Are you interested in working in with all types of people? It's that simple and it's that complicated. This course helps people makes positive changes in their lives. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? With over 95% of graduates going on to further employment or study, this HCPC approved course enables you to qualify as a registered social worker. With over 94% approval ratings, this high quality student rated programme will enable you to work with a diverse range of people in what will be an interesting and varied career. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE We host unique facilities, involving live court simulation exercises, an excellent range of practice placements and a dedicated staff team comprising experts in the field of social work practice. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is for those who feel they have the strength and capability to work within one of the many facets of social service. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED Over 200 days of practice placement opportunities, and 30 department of health Skills Days will enable you to work in the following fields following qualification: adult mental health, learning disability support, safeguarding vulnerable adults and children, child protection, hospital social work, the criminal justice sector, a wide range of voluntary agencies, the NHS and International Social Work opportunities. AFTER THE COURSE Potential careers are in adult, children and family services, mental health, criminal justice and a wide range of other statutory, private and voluntary organisations.


Your first year will ensure you gain the foundation knowledge, values and skills that you’ll be continuing to develop throughout the course. This will also be your initial training for your work placements in actual practice settings. In your second year you’ll build on what you have already learnt and explore how the service can be adapted to other users. Your final year will focus on professionalism and professional judgement in practice. You’ll also complete a piece of independent study on a topic of particular interest to you.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
1% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
86% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
51% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
377 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
77% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% MED
Average graduate salary £27k HIGH
Graduates who are welfare professionals


Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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