Professional Social Work Practice (UCMK) BSc (Hons)

About the course

Jointly developed to meet the needs of local employers, this course enables you to gain a professional Social Work degree in two years, giving eligibility to apply for professional registration as a qualified Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council.

You will study alongside your current relevant practice and be supported by your employer allowing you to put learning into practice throughout the course.

This course aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for social work practice at qualification level with adults and children in statutory and private/voluntary/independent sectors.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • Campus Location - University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes
  • Start Dates - Feb
  • Duration - 2 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time
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Why choose this course?

  • Study though a mix of classroom, independent and work-based learning, delivered alongside your daily work over the full calendar year, enabling you to qualifying in 24 months, rather than the three years of a standard honours degree.
  • Learn practical skills and how to apply theory in your professional practice.
  • Benefit from the University of Bedfordshire’s long history of developing and delivering successful work-based learning courses with local social work employers.
  • Develop your ability to work with a range of different people, particularly those in need, together with the reflexivity, critical ethical awareness and resilience required of successful social workers.
  • Explore the professional social work role, how it relates to other areas, and the ethical challenges of balancing initiative with accountability to service-users, carers, the professional and employers.
  • Experience being taught by academic staff who have all been practising social workers, some of whom continue to practice alongside their academic work.
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What will I learn?


  • Developing Professional Capability (ASS061-1) Compulsory
  • Foundations For Understanding Social Work Practice (ASS063-1) Compulsory
  • Contexts And Organisations (ASS078-2) Compulsory
  • Issues And Contexts For Social Work Practice (ASS077-2) Compulsory
  • Research Skills For Practice (ASS079-2) Compulsory
  • Applied Literature Review (ASS055-3) Compulsory
  • Applied Professional Practice (Work Based) (ASS054-3) Compulsory
  • Social Work Interventions (ASS056-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed using a range of methods including formally assessed papers, assignments, case studies drawn from your work based experience, group and individual presentations, research based work and evidence drawn from Practice Learning in the work place including an early summative assessment and formative assessments designed to provide feedback to support academic development. These methods are designed to test students incrementally in all the areas necessary for competent practice as Newly Qualified Social Workers as well as the academic disciplines underpinning such practice. Practice Learning will be assessed over two periods of work-based learning in a variety of social work and related settings, the first located in level 5 is 70 days in length and the second is located within level 6 and is 100 days in length. Through the use of a variety of assessment methods students will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence. Additionally students will be supported through the assessment processes; study skills are embedded within the Academic Skills unit at Level 4, each unit will include an assessment guidance session, each assessment will have detailed assessment guidance located within the relevant Unit Handbook, students will receive detailed feedback outlining both their areas of strength and areas for development against the stated assessment criteria. Students are required to complete a self-evaluation pro forma to be submitted with each academic assessment. If a particular support need is identified, the student will be signposted to the relevant University support service. Practice Learning workshops are scheduled at key points within the placement to support the students to compete their portfolios.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 96 points with 80 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 96 points with Merit Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction Distinction in the BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • English GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Maths GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Health screening
  • Applicants for this route must be employed by an organisation that will provide mentoring support, opportunities for work-based learning and the final practice placement which must include the opportunity for statutory interventions.
  • Ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email (confirmed prior to interview / decision making /offer).
  • Competence in written and spoken English, i.e. successful applicants must meet communicating and comprehension skills to IELTS level 7
  • All applicants will also be required, through the selection process, to demonstrate substantial relevant experience and an aptitude to work with people in need, i.e. the appropriate personal qualities, values and skills to be a social worker, in line with the PCF at entry level. All applicants will be required to declare any previous offences (including cautions and formal warnings unless filtered) and, if selected, successful applicants will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Scheme check to ensure their suitability for working with vulnerable groups.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course has been developed with substantial input from our partner employer agencies and is therefore informed by and reflects the workforce needs therefore maximising your employability. Equally our Service Users and Carers group have contributed to the course development to ensure service user and carer perspectives are embedded in the course. Both practitioners and members of the Service user and carer group contribute to the delivery of the course to further reflect the practice reality and develop and maximise social work knowledge and skills. Themes within some of the skills days will be incrementally developed to reflect the learning outcomes at each level of the course up to and including Qualifying Social Worker Level, level 6. These include; communication, Motivational Interviewing, assessments and emotional literacy. The literature review will evidence your ability to draw upon research to inform your practice. Additionally, skills development days, some of which will be located in your workplace, will be linked to your personal development plan. The course expects high standards from you in terms of reliability, punctuality, professionalism, and tutors will work with you to support the development of your professional social work persona.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more


Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

Fees are £8,400

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

Fees are £8,400

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

International students cannot apply for this course.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.



Milton Keynes campus is the new University campus for Milton Keynes backed by the University of Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Council.

Milton Keynes campus is the newest addition to the vibrant, wider University of Bedfordshire population of 24,000 students from around the world.

The campus and facilities

The Milton Keynes campus is located in the centre of Milton Keynes close to shops, businesses and local amenities.

It's easy to get to if you live locally and Milton Keynes is very well connected, being within 35 minutes of London by fast train.

The campus is well equipped with the latest facilities including:

  • high specification teaching rooms with top-quality audio visual and ICT equipment (seating up to 50 students) ensure optimal delivery of courses
  • special purpose electronics and telecommunications laboratory provides the specialist equipment for our future engineers
  • large general purpose computer lab gives hands-on experience to IT students
  • Learning Resources Centre provides general purpose computing facilities and small group study areas and silent study provision – students can study in the ways that best suit their needs, especially if studying at home is difficult
  • student social space to meet up with friends and colleagues, as well as for important events and get-togethers

High-quality education

Committed to excellence in our teaching, learning and support:

  • many of our teaching staff have extensive experience and some have received National Teaching Fellowship Awards for their outstanding contributions to teaching
  • we provide exceptional academic and personal support for our students with award-winning tutors and online resources
  • excellence in academic standards – courses underpinned by our world-leading research


Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with excellent transport links to London and the Midlands, and internationally, as well as local connections. It is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with hundreds of businesses close at hand and near to all amenities Milton Keynes has to offer. brings a university to my doorstep.

The new campus houses an array of modern teaching facilities, a Student Information Desk and the Students' Union, so our students can prosper both academically and personally. 

Study locally and save money if you're MK-based. For example, our foundation degrees offer you part-time and flexible learning study modes, so you can continue to work full-time and live at home whilst studying for your degree.

I chose MK as I live three minutes away from the University campus.


How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student