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Are you looking for a rewarding career that impacts the lives of individuals, families and communities? On successful completion of the Social Work course at Brunel, you’ll be eligible to apply for Social Work England registration which is mandatory to practise social work.
Through a combination of academic expertise and high-quality practice placements you’ll be prepared for your career in social work, where 95% of our graduates are in employment after completing their studies. Brunel is located in London, home to a diverse landscape of social work settings. Our academics have strong connections within the sector and you’ll benefit from excellent work placement experience.
This Social Work England accredited course will equip you with the skills to tackle the challenges faced in social work today including problems such as county lines, cyber bullying, discrimination and extremism. You’ll learn about law, psychology, social policy and sociology, giving you a comprehensive understanding of various approaches. You’ll develop the skills to identify, understand and critically appraise evidence and research which can inform social work practice.
You may be entitled to a Social Work Bursary provided by the NHS. You can find out if you’re eligible and how to apply here. The NHS are advising all NHS Social Work students to send their applications to them by 31 July to ensure they can process them in time for the start of the September academic year.
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The curriculum provides teaching in both academic and practice elements. Your learning outcomes will enable you to demonstrate progression in professional knowledge, skills and values through your two years of study. Year one consists of compulsory modules. In year two you'll have the opportunity to choose your pathway to either work with children and families or vulnerable adults. You'll study either Social Work with Children and Families or Social Work with Adults based on your chosen pathway.
This course can be studied 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time, starting in September.
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Please note that all modules are subject to change.
The programme specification is in the process of being updated and may not be an accurate reflection of the programme.
UK entry requirements
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- A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a related subject (e.g. Education, Sociology, Social Policy, Politics, Psychology, Law, Health and/or Social Care).
- A 2:1 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in a non-related subject with the appropriate experience will be considered.
Applicants must demonstrate how their previous experience in paid employment, or structured voluntary work, with a relevant organisation has prepared them for a career in social work. While there is no formal requirement for a set amount of time spent getting work experience we normally expect at least a year’s full-time (or part-time equivalent) experience. Applicants should also demonstrate what they have learnt from their own life/educational/work/voluntary experiences as appropriate to their life stage and how these have prepared them for a career in social work. Each application will be considered on an individual basis.
- All applicants must hold a GCSE Grade C (or grade 4) in English Language or an acceptable equivalent at application stage, and must possess basic IT skills prior to the start of the programme.
An ability to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written English and the ability to think critically and analytically.
Applicants will need to provide an academic reference from their first degree. If the academic experience is 5 years old a character/employment reference would suffice.
Applicants will be invited to attend an Interview. Interviews for 2021 will be held online.
Please be aware that to apply for this course you will need to submit an application through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
EU and International entry requirements
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 7 (min 6.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 64 (59 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 68% (63% in all areas)
- TOEFL: 98 (min 23 in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.