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BA (Hons) Social Work

Make a difference, every day – start a career in social work.

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Are you looking to pursue a career in a rewarding profession? Southampton Solent’s social work degree will help you develop a thorough grounding in social work theory, as well as the skills, values and first-hand experience key to making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people.

  • Southampton Solent University’s social work degree is ranked 15 out of 77 for graduate prospects in The Complete University Guide 2016.
  • The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Students are taught the most up to date best practice, coupled with a strong emphasis on practical learning through two significant work placements.
  • The course team has long standing relationships with professionals working within the industry, helping to support students with opportunities to attend guest lectures, gain placements, and receive advice.
  • Students are given the opportunity to specialise in either adults or children and families in their final year.
  • The qualification gained is recognised in Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA.

The industry

Social workers are becoming more sought after and the industry is looking for committed individuals who can enable change in a child or vulnerable adult which will help them achieve a new lease of life and positive possibilities for the future.

This course provides up-to-the-minute training that incorporates the latest developments in social care and teaches students the underpinning values and ethics needed to become a qualified social worker. 

The programme

The first two years of this degree concentrate on learning the basis of social work theory as well as looking at subjects such as law and sociology. For their final year, students can choose to specialise in adults or children and families to help focus their career path upon graduation.

An important element of the course is the approval gained from industry regulator the Health and Care Professions Council. As a result, students are eligible to register as a qualified social worker once they have graduated. The qualification is also valid for practice in Europe, Canada, Australia and the USA, widening the career opportunities for graduates wishing to travel after their degree.

The course team’s strong links with local employers, service users and carers within the industry have allowed previous students the opportunity to practice the theory they’ve learnt in work placements, enabling them to build their skills and confidence as a social worker and develop their professional network.

These established links with the industry have also allowed past students to attend regular guest lectures where they have benefitted from talks delivered by social work professionals giving valuable insight into the industry and the career opportunities available.

The course team ensure they are up to date with the latest research and theory and are committed to preparing students to have the knowledge and skills to be confident post degree, and to enable them to act effectively and professionally. This is evident in that in 2013, six months after graduation, 97% of graduates from the social work degree were either employed in social work-related fields or in further study.

Next steps

Think a career as a social worker is for you? With a dedicated course team and practical focus, coupled with its high regard within the industry and excellent graduate employment prospects, Southampton Solent’s social work degree will help to prepare you to take your first step in this rewarding career.

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UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry L501

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points



Year one:


Core units

  • Developing Critical and Applied Social Work 
  • Readiness for Direct Practice 
  • Sociology, Society and Social Work 1
  • Sociology, Society and Social Work 2
  • Introduction to Communication 
  • Human Growth and Development for Social Work 

Year two:


Core units

  • Interprofessional Working in Social Work, Social Care and Health 
  • Social Work Methods and Interventions
  • Developing Legal Perspectives
  • Developing Professional Capabilities in Practice 

Year three:


Core units

  • Extending Professional Capability in Practice 
  • Research and Social Work
  • Risk, Responsibility and Resolution.


  • Social Work with Adults, their Families and Carers 
  • Social Work with Children, Young People, their Families and Carers 

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is delivered through lectures and a large number of interactive seminars, workshops, skills-based sessions and opportunities to practise.

Work experience
You’ll complete two significant periods of work experience in either local authorities or voluntary, private and independent organisations in the region.

We have partnership arrangements for practice learning placements with four local authorities (Southampton City, Hampshire, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight), as well as many other social care organisations.

Essays, presentations, case studies, projects and portfolios are used to test all elements of the course.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

Our teaching team includes experienced practitioners and academics whose specialisms include children and families, relationships, reflective practice and supervision, diversity and ethnicity, as well as law and social work methods.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry L501

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Social workers have opportunities to work with other professionals such as the police and doctors, to plan support and offer services to those in need of care and support.

If a social worker is successful in enabling change, it can mean that a child or vulnerable adult may achieve a new lease of life and positive possibilities for the future.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Professional social work
  • Therapeutic practice
  • Youth offending work
  • Health and education.

Links with industry

The course is designed, taught and assessed in partnership with social work practitioners, service users and carers, ensuring you’re up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. You’ll also be taught and assessed in practice placements by trained, experienced professionals.

Transferable skills

Throughout the course you’ll develop your skills in interpersonal communication, management and leadership, as well as teamwork and presentation skills.

Further study

Continuing professional development (CPD) is crucial to good social work practice, and Solent offers a number of short CPD courses covering areas such as mentoring and reflective supervision.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

In 2013, six months after graduation 97% of our graduates were either employed in social work-related fields or in further study.

Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics, or equivalent.
  • DBS criminal records and health checks.
  • All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • The regulatory body (HCPC) requires that entrant are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry to training.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

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Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry L501


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