BA (Hons) Social Work


Are you interested in how people develop and what influences their behaviour? Do you want to help people at risk of harm? Are you interested in legislation and social policy? This hugely popular course, one of UEL’s flagship degrees, will give you a rewarding insight into contemporary social work and train you to become a reflective, capable and effective practitioner. You’ll learn how to support, protect and speak up for people in significant personal difficulty. We’ll give you the theory and information you need through lectures and seminars, but this course is all about hands-on experience – or ‘learning by doing’, as we call it.


September 2019 Docklands Campus 30/09/2019 Day classes Monday

Entry Requirements

Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects. Extended Diploma or Diploma or Baccalaureate for EU, of final diploma when you finish high school. As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the NEW BEGINNING program.

Entry Required Documents


Personal Statement

An essay with minimal 250 words where you have to explain why you choose this course and other relevant details to support your application



A copy of passport or national ID


Baccalaureate Diploma or BTEC Extended Diploma or Diploma

Extended Diploma or Diploma or Baccalaureate for EU, of final diploma when you finish high school.


English Certificate

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent). If you don’t have you can apply for Internal English Test. If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Assessment Methods

  • Academic Interview


Year 3
  • Advanced Theory: Analysis and Application (Core)
  • Dissertation (Core)
  • Final Professional Practice Placement (Core)
  • Social Work with Adults (Option)
  • Social Work with Children and Families (Option)
Year 2
  • Initial Professional Practice Placement (Core)
  • Practice Skills Development: Substance Misuse and Mental Health (Core)
  • Research Methods for Social Work (Core)
  • Social Work Law (Core)
Year 1
  • Human Growth and Development with Communication Skills (Core)
  • Introduction to Social Work Theory (Core)
  • Professional Development: Readiness for Practice – skills module (Core)
  • Social Contexts and Social Policy (Core)

Your career

We have strong links with local social work agencies and employers, who have known and trusted us and our graduates for many years. Our students are in constant demand for newly qualified social worker posts, so choosing this course will give you a head start when it comes to finding a job in social work in east London. We’re fully accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to award professional qualifications in social work alongside academic degrees. When you complete this degree, you’ll be eligible to register with the HCPC and practice as a social worker, though you’ll still be required to continue your professional development as part of your professional registration.



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