Social Work BA Hons - 2022 Entry

UCAS Code
L500

Entry Year
2022 (2021)

A Level Requirements
BBB see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

  • 2nd
    For Social Work The Complete University Guide (2021)
  • 3rd
    For Social Work The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2021)

Course Overview

Lancaster is 1st in the UK for Social Work in the Guardian University Guide 2019. You will be taught by the best academics in the field and our course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).? You will gain the skills and experience you need to be effective and successful in your chosen career.?

Social workers face complex and challenging situations and need to be committed to the principles of social justice. At Lancaster, you will learn with enthusiastic lecturers, practitioners, service users and carers. We emphasise research and cutting-edge knowledge to enable you to develop a critical but reflective approach to understanding social work in contemporary society.

Two practice placements form an important and integral part of this vocational degree. These are an excellent way of getting to know the role of a social worker and give you hands-on experience to back up your academic learning. This ensures that when you graduate you are prepared for work in the rapidly changing environments of social care.
The two first-year modules, Social Work Practice and Contemporary Social Problems, will give you an introduction to the nature, origins and values of social work and to the economic, organisational policy and social circumstances in which it is practised. You will set issues in the context of class, gender, race and ethnicity, and disability to start developing a critical understanding of social work.

Your first placement starts at the beginning of the September before your second year and runs through to mid-December. You then complete a series of modules that include Social Work with Children and Families, Social Work in Adult Social Care and The Research-minded Practitioner.

Your third-year modules include Mental Distress and Health and, uniquely to Lancaster, Social Work and Drug Use. In addition, all social work students write a dissertation. Your final practice placement runs from January to May of your third year.

 

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.

Interviews

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 enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau, 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 ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

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.

Year1

    Core

Year2

    Core

Year3

    Core

Careers

Careers

By graduating in social work you are eligible to register as a professional social worker in England, and many social work graduates go on to work as professional social workers in social services departments, the NHS, specialist agencies and the voluntary sector.

However, the skills, values and knowledge gained on this degree are highly valued in other careers that involve training, consultancy and research – and a large number of Lancaster graduates are now active in these areas or hold senior managerial posts.

The Social Work degree also provides a solid foundation for postgraduate study.


Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also 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 key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Fees and Funding

Fees

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2022/23 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2021 were:

UK International
£9,250 £19,930

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.

Additional course costs and information

There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.

Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.

College Fees

Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. We have nine colleges in total, and every student belongs to a college, whether you live on campus or choose to commute. All students pay a small college membership fee, which supports the running of college events and activities. Once you have been accepted into a college, you will receive confirmation and be required to pay a college membership fee.

For students starting in 2020, the fee is £40 for undergraduates and research students and £15 for students on one-year courses. Fees for students starting in 2021 have not yet been set.

Computer Equipment and Internet access

To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.

The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or Broadband support in place.

Funding

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page. You can find additional information about funding for Social Work students by following the link further down this page. 

Additional information for BA Social Work students

For social work students ordinarily resident in England, there are normally bursaries available through the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Information for your entry year, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the NHSBSA website. Further information about criteria that we use to allocate NHS bursaries is provided at interview days and upon request by emailing us.

Travel costs may be incurred in getting to Social Work placements. The amount will vary depending on the location of the placement but students may be able to claim a placement travel allowance from the NHS or a contribution from the agency offering the placement towards the cost of travel. Social Work students may need to pay for an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau check. Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.

 

Course accreditations

This programme is accredited by Social Work England.

Further details about accreditations Learn More

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Social Work and what you'll study as a Social Work student.

Contact hours

The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and other learning activities will differ from year to year and vary depending on the module options you choose. These figures are averages from the most recently available data for this course, the academic year 2018-2019, and are based on 1,200 study hours per year. The figures apply to single honours degrees. Joint honours degrees will vary from the percentages below depending on the combinations studied.

Year 1

  • 19%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 81%

    Independent study

Year 2

  • 15%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 85%

    Independent study

Year 3

  • 9%

    Scheduled contact hours

  • 91%

    Independent study

Assessment

Most of our degrees use a broad range of assessments methods. These figures are averages based on the most recently collected data for this course, and are given as a guide.

Year 1

  • 57%

    Coursework

  • 43%

    Written exams

Year 2

  • 90%

    Coursework

  • 10%

    Written exams

Year 3

  • 88%

    Coursework

  • 12%

    Written exams

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication. The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses.

In the event of a course being withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date information before you submit your application. Further legal information.

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