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Social work is a broad-ranging career, providing assistance and support to a variety of vulnerable people in society. It involves working with those on the margins of society and across the spectrum in terms of age, gender, ethnicity and, to some extent, class. Social workers are found in a variety of settings from Hospitals, Local Authorities and voluntary organisations.

In the BA programme, there is a strong emphasis on critical reflection and problem solving with the full involvement of service users and practitioners from a variety of backgrounds and traditions. The programme prepares students for the realities of social work practice, which can be both challenging and demanding, as well as stimulating and exciting.

This course combines formal university teaching and practical experience gained from both two placements in social care settings together and 30 skills days in the university. The programme is both academic and vocational and meets the requirements of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC). Success in this course can lead to registration with HCPC as a Social Worker.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2019.

Why Social Work at LSBU?

  • The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

  • We’re No.2 in London for research quality and overall score in Social Work (Complete University Guide league table, 2018).

  • We’re the No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with a course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018) - which means happy students.

  • We’re industry relevant - and aim to produce reflective social work practitioners who are ready to practice in the rapidly changing and developing the world of social work.

  • Our staff is industry experts with real-world social work experience - we’re rated as No.1 University in London for Learning Resources (National Students Survey 2016).

  • Work experience: You will complete two placements, at suitable settings from a variety of social work sectors.

  • Strong alumni network: Become part of an 80,000-strong LSBU alumni network.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years September Southwark Campus


Our Social Work programme is inter-professional, collaborative and participatory. We aim to produce reflective social work practitioners who are ready to practice in the rapidly changing and developing the world of social work. The course covers communication skills, human growth, and development, sociology, ethics, welfare, policy and law, advocacy and partnership, professional practice.

Year 1

  • Communication skills for social work
  • Readiness for direct practice
  • Human growth and development
  • Sociology for social work
  • Value and ethics in social work
  • Social problems and social policy
  • Social work theories

Year 2

  • Social work methods
  • Welfare, policy and the law in social work practice
  • Advocacy, partnership, and participation
  • Practice learning opportunity 1

Year 3

  • Social work research project
  • Contemporary issues in social work
  • Professional practice
  • Practice learning opportunity 2


If you’re interested in social work as a career, you would normally specialize in a certain group of society, such as children. Much of the work is around helping decide the level of support or protection required, responding to requests for help and working with other agencies and professionals for the best outcomes. Most opportunities are with local authorities. However, there are also opportunities available at private care homes, charities, and NHS Trusts.

Students who have graduated from this course recently have gone on to work in a variety of settings, including local authority children and adult services departments, as well as in the voluntary sector.

You’ll need a patient, non-judgemental mindset, and be able to communicate effectively with a host of different people and gain their trust. The work demands a level of resilience and a genuine desire to help people, as some cases may be disturbing, and some people won't want your help. As a graduate of this course, you’ll also be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

We have a practice-based learning approach that’s complemented by teaching and learning at the University. The teaching includes lectures, seminars and e-learning, debates, group work, group discussion, research projects, problem-based learning, reports and presentations, videos and computer simulations and workshops.

The programme features a range of assessment methods, including essays, presentations, case studies, and exams. As part of the course you’ll also undertake a five-hour child observation at the start of the course, and two placements in Years 2 and 3.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BBB or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM or;
  • Access to HE Diploma in Nursing or similar with 24 Distinctions and 21 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 122 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

All offers are conditional and subject to satisfactory completion of a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and references. You will be expected to have gained some direct experience of working in social care, either in a paid capacity or as a volunteer.

We welcome qualifications from around the world. Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall or equivalent with not less than 7.0 in the listening and reading sections and not less than 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) at the time of application.

Foundation Year

Been out of study for a long time? Or maybe you haven’t met the entry requirements of your chosen degree? Our entry year acts as a bridge to degree-level studies.

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Last updated February 19, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
9,250 GBP
Year 1 Full-time UK/EU fee: £9250; International fee: £13125.
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