Social Work BA (Hons)

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Overview

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Degree

UCAS code: L501 120 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Social Work, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Social Work, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 per year

What makes this course different

  • Top

    We have been ranked 1st in London and 7th in the UK. (Guardian league tables 2019)

  • 100%

    Our overall student satisfaction scores (NSS, 2019).

  • 95%

    Percentage of our graduates who go on to work and/or study (Unistats, 2017).

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

We have more than 1,000 applicants for places on this course every year and limited places. To be accepted onto our programme is a massive achievement, and you'll be well on your way to a rewarding career in social work. We're the principal social work training provider in east London, so you'll be in safe hands when it comes to finding a job after graduating. We're fully accredited by Social Work England to award professional qualifications in social work alongside academic degrees.
When you complete this degree, you'll be eligible to register with Social Work England and practice as a social worker. You'll still be required to continue your professional development as part of your professional registration.
You'll do this through what's known as your 'Assessed and Supported Year in Employment', and you'll have the option of gaining further qualifications, including a master's degree. Through these courses, you can continue to develop academically and professionally in line with the framework agreed by The College of Social Work - social work's professional body.

Industry links

We have strong links with local social work agencies and employers, who have known and trusted us and our graduates for many years. Our graduates 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. 

Graduate employers

Our graduates are now employed as social workers in local authorities such as Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Essex, and Southend-on-Sea.

Job roles

Typical roles which our graduates have gone on to are early career teacher, social worker, refuge caseworker and qualified children's practitioner.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

We offer a masters in social work, should you choose to continue your study at postgraduate level. This course is linked with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

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Those three years were really crucial to me working in the youth setting because to this day I still use these theories, these practices, that I learnt, literally a decade ago."
Nahim Ahmed

Graduate

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business 
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

Our staff have relevant experience and practice to help you learn from real-life experience and research. We encourage an educational experience that is active, social, collaborative, engaging, and student-owned. You will have access to a variety of resources so your learning experience goes beyond the classroom.

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled lectures you will learn independently through self-study. This will typically involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, Microsoft Teams, and Moodle.

    Academic support

    We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library, and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. 

    Students are supported with any academic or subject-related queries by an Academic Adviser, module leaders, and former and current UEL students. If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths, or statistics, our Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. 

    You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater to your every need. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces, and a dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    UEL provides also support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs). Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor-led sessions, individual learning, and practical activities. 

    Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, who will support you throughout your time at UEL, and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.

    Workload

    We assess all modules through different forms of coursework. Assessment methods include group work, exams, and individual work including essays. 

    In addition to writing traditional essays, you'll be required to write reports, policy reviews and give presentations. This is to ensure you gain skills that are relevant to and can be transferred to the workplace. In your final year, you'll write a research dissertation. 

    All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

    Class sizes

    Lectures are made of larger groups in the first year, bringing together students doing degrees in similar subjects. Students are then divided into smaller seminar groups to better encourage student interest, teamwork ability, and retention of knowledge and skills.

How you'll be assessed

We assess all modules through different forms of coursework. Assessment methods include group work, exams, and individual work including essays. In addition to writing traditional essays, you'll be required to write reports, policy reviews and give presentations. This is to ensure you gain skills that are relevant to and can be transferred to the workplace.

In your final year, you'll write a research dissertation. 

All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. 

Feedback is provided within 15 working days in line with UEL's assessment and feedback policy.

Campus and facilities

Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

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What our students and staff say

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The lecturers at UEL have been supportive. They respond to emails quickly and have helped me in areas where I have struggled. My placements have been great and I've learned a lot. I continued volunteering at my last placement so that I could see through the work that I had begun.

I've also enjoyed improving my public speaking skills and doing presentations. I've built up my confidence and am no longer nervous to present to a big group."

Ismail Batanda

BA (Hons) Social Work

Social Sciences Students
Social work at UEL is unique because it draws heavily on psychoanalytic concepts that allow you to understand issues not just on the surface, but also to see beneath the surface."

Muibat Alli

MA Social Work