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About the course

Are you looking to pursue a career in a rewarding profession? 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.

Our social work courses ranked 1st out of 85 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2019).

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.

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.

If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement

Our social work courses ranked 1st out of 85 other UK institutions for student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This BA (Hons) Social Work programme prepares students for a wide range of social work and community care roles.

Ideal candidates should aspire to work with vulnerable members of the community. Applicants typically come from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
Travel costs to your placement, these will vary depending on the location of your placement.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Grade 4 or above in GCSE Mathematics and English (previously grade C)
  • If you would like to be considered for Social Sciences Foundation Year entry, please contact Admissions either by telephone: 023 8201 5066, or email for further information.
  • DBS criminal records and health checks.
  • All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 94 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Social Sciences Foundation Year route:

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How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • The Professional Social Worker
    This module will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your readiness for direct practice and progression to the level 5 placement (second year) of the social work programme.
  • Interpersonal Skills in Social Work
    In this module you will learn about the place of interpersonal skills in social work and their key building blocks. These include reflective practice, professional boundaries, anti-oppressive practice and emotional intelligence.
  • Sociological Perspectives in Contemporary Society
    In this module you will journey through the historical changes in society which have led to the formation of social work and how it developed as a profession. This module will introduce you to a critical understanding of the historical context of social work and the changing role of politics and the State in relation to social work.
  • Legislative Frameworks for Social Work Practice
    This module introduces the general legal context and framework for social work practice in respect to working with vulnerable children, young people and adults. You will gain an understanding of key legislation and determine the associated social work duties and responsibilities.
  • Psychological Perspectives across the Life Span
    You will learn about the stages of human development throughout the lifespan with a focus on cognitive psychological development, psycho-social and emotional theories, mental health and the interaction between the environment and a person’s psychology.
  • Community and Culture
    This module builds on the knowledge acquired while studying ‘Sociological Perspectives in Contemporary Society’ in the first semester and explores the origins of community social work.

Year two

Core modules
  • Applied and Informed Practice
    This module leads to a deeper understanding of your professional identity and develops an understanding of the application of the law and social policy in relation to social work practice.
  • Social Work Assessment, Theory and Models
    It is important for social workers to identify, understand and be able to analyse and evaluate a range of different theory, models and methods used when working with people with lived experience and in need of social work. This module will introduce you to a range of different theories, models and methods of intervention that can be used in a variety of areas.
  • Working in Partnership and in Organisations
    The module explores ‘big picture’ topics, such as the role of law and wider political factors. In addition, we look at everyday practice, including teamwork and assertiveness. We will also consider working in partnership and organisations from a systemic perspective. How professionals work together is a key issue of the module.
  • Developing Professional Capabilities in Practice
    Through this module you will begin to learn the true nature of social work practice. Working alongside professional colleagues and within legislative and policy guidelines, you will engage with the needs, circumstances and lives of people with lived experiences and in need of social work, within ‘real-world’ environments.

Year three

Core modules
  • Managing Risk and Safeguarding Practices
    This module takes a multi-dimensional view of risk. It considers what constitutes risk and how we should respond to it.
  • Independent Research Study
    During this module you will learn about different research methods and methodologies in order to determine what research is robust and reliable. You will also consider research in relation to important social work themes such as ethics and values and anti-oppressive practice.
  • Extending Professional Capabilities in Practice 
    Through this module you will develop a keener insight into the true nature of social work practice. Working alongside professional colleagues and within legislative and policy guidelines, you will engage with the needs, circumstances and lives of people with lived experience and in need of social work, within ‘real-world’ environments.


  • Intervention and Critical Analysis Whilst Working with Children their Families and Carers in Social Work
    This module addresses the importance of the need to understand the requirements of children in need or at risk of significant harm (s.17 and s.47 under the Children Act 1989) in relation to developmental and environmental issues, mental health, disability and family relationships.
  • Intervention and Critical Analysis Whilst Working with Adults, their Families and Carers in Social Work
    This module addresses issues that vulnerable adults may experience such as long-term or terminal illness, mental health, disability, addiction and relationship or environmental factors.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

David Galley academic profile David Galley Course Leader View profile
Gavin Tucker academic profile Gavin Tucker Senior Lecturer View profile
Marietjie Joubert academic profile Marietjie Joubert Senior Lecturer View profile
Colin Bright academic profile Colin Bright Senior Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

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.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

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

Industry links

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.


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.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day