Social Work

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code L500
  • Entry Year 2024 or 2023
  • A Level Requirements BBB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 2

    2nd for Social Work

    The Complete University Guide (2023)

  • 3

    3rd for Social Work

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • Joint #1 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Social Work), Complete University Guide (2023)

Why Lancaster?

  • Study a course accredited by Social Work England (SWE) to kick-start a rewarding career
  • Benefit from our partnerships with public, private, voluntary and independent agencies
  • Learn from a team of experts committed to improving the lives of the most vulnerable in society through their research and practice
  • Receive tailored individual support to get the most out of your time on campus and placement

Everything you need to start a career in social work is here – inspiring lecturers, support tailored to your needs and insight into the issues impacting social work today in the UK. As part of our welcoming community, you’ll always have someone to turn to for support and advice throughout your coursework and placements.

Small close-knit cohort

Our course is accredited by Social Work England (SWE), and you’ll develop the skills and experience employers in this area need. An important part of your study will be your two practice placements. You’ll get hands-on experience within different organisations such as local authorities, Barnardo's or Age Concern.

Providing individualised support is important to us. That’s why we keep our social work cohort small. It means we can get to know you. It also means we’ll try to match your placement to your area of interest, whether that’s in youth offending, children and family intervention, or another area of social work.

Shape the future of social work

Our teaching team aren’t just teachers. They’re experienced social workers, advocates and change-makers. Some of the team carry out research, while others are practising social workers working in statutory sector services and charities.

Our team of experts contribute to national policy and practice discussions around vital areas like online child sexual abuse risk, family justice and youth resilience. We aim to inspire you to follow in our footsteps and become a part of a new generation of social workers who value human rights and social justice.

Course accreditation

Social Work England logo

This programme is accredited by Social Work England.

Learn more about the Social Work England accreditation


When you successfully complete this course, you’ll be eligible to apply to join the register as a professional social worker in England.

Most of our graduates go on to positions as social workers within local councils, the NHS, the private sector, charities and voluntary agencies. Some continue with their studies and complete a postgraduate degree.

Your degree will open doors across a whole range of areas:

  • Children and their families
  • Disability
  • Older adults
  • Mental health
  • Offending and substance misuse

If you want to pursue further research instead of going into Social Work practice, you might decide to look into postgraduate degrees in Sociology, Social Policy and Research.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring that you gain a highly reputable degree. We are also dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

Each year we accept a wide range of entry qualifications including BTECs, A levels, and Access to HE Diplomas. Applicants must also meet specific English requirements, and we accept a wide range of qualifications that meet these. We also want to ensure that you have some relevant understanding before studying with us, and so your personal statement must highlight either experience of voluntary or paid work in a social service or welfare setting, personal experience with such support, or engagement with a topic related to social work that you have either studied at school or college, or have researched online. There is further information below but please contact us if you have any questions.

A Level BBB

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 24 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 21 Level 3 credits at Merit

International Baccalaureate 30 points overall with 15 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

English Requirements

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

We will accept other qualifications in English including O level grade C, CSE grade1, Functional Skills Level 2 Pass.

English language requirements (if English is not your native language)

IELTS 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages. Please check with the admissions office for the higher grade equivalents required.


Candidates with appropriate qualifications will be invited to take part in one of our interview days, where applicants can learn more about our programme, and complete assessments that inform our final decision, such as an individual interview and a written test.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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. Whilst a caution or conviction may not be a barrier to accessing the programme, some agencies may refuse to provide placements to students with convictions. If they do this, we will be unable to register you on the course. You will also be required to declare if you have ever been subject to any disciplinary action, or if you have ever been subject to an allegation involving child protection issues and/or the abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults. Failure to declare is viewed very seriously and will normally result in students being asked to withdraw from the course.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.




Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2024/25 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2023/24 were:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for 2024-entry study are not yet available, but you can use our opportunities for 2023-entry applicants as guidance.

Check our current list of scholarships and bursaries.

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