Admissions information for Social Work Applicants
We aim to recruit between 25 and 30 undergraduate students each year.
We welcome applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds - school or college leavers, including those who want to take a year out before going to university, and mature students.
Applications for undergraduate social work are made online through UCAS.
Applications should be made between 1st September and 15th January. Later applications will be considered only at the University's discretion.
Lancaster University accepts applicants with a wide variety of qualifications including, Access courses, BTECs, Scottish Highers and A level qualifications:
A levels: ABB
General Studies: Accepted as one of the best 3 grades, if 4 A-levels are presented.
Subject Preference: None
Scottish Highers: BBBBB
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information.
International Bacc: 32 overall with 16 points from best three HL courses
BTEC: Overall grades DDM
Access to Higher Education: Typically, we require a majority of Distinction grades in Level 3 units with Merit in remaining Level 3 units.
English Language and Mathematics
Social work entrants must hold at least a GCSE grade C in English Language and Mathematics (O Level grade C, or CSE grade 1 are the equivalent). We also accept Key Skills Level Two qualifications. You will be required to declare that you have these qualifications.
For students whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 7 is required.
All applicants must show an ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email. You will be required to declare that you have such an ability.
Previous relevant experience
Applicants will be expected to have had experience in paid or voluntary work in a helping capacity, or to have personal experience of receiving care, which indicates their potential to become qualified social workers and that they are fully informed in their decision to study social work.
All members of social work courses are required to apply for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, which will reveal details of any cautions or convictions.
Information for Disabled Applicants
Under Part 6 of the Equality Act 2010 the University has a duty to ensure that disabled applicants are not disadvantaged in the admissions process and during their course of study.
Please see further information for disabled applicants .
For entry to social work courses we hold several recruitment days between November and April. The recruitment days will introduce applicants to the social work courses at Lancaster University and will give applicants the opportunity to talk informally with social work students, to take a tour of the University campus and to ask questions of the social work teaching team.
On the recruitment days applicants will have to do a:
- a written exercise
- a group-based exercise facilitated by a service user or practitioner
- an individual interview with a member of the social work teaching team.
If you are invited to a recruitment day you will be sent information about the purpose of the three activities. In brief, however, the aim of the activities is to ensure that students admitted to study social work have the potential professional capabilities to practice it on graduation and meet the entry level requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (see http://www.tcsw.org.uk/pcf.aspx). The activities, therefore, will be concerned, among other things, with assessing your:
- knowledge and understanding of social work as a professional practice
- knowledge and understanding of the value and ethical basis of social work
- ability to critically reflect and analyse
- ability to write a piece of work with a coherent structure and a visible argument
- ability to engage with others and the skills needed to do this
The activities will be assessed by social work team members from the Department of Applied Social Science, and by practitioners and service users.
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