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Professional Social Work Practice (UCMK) BA (Hons)

Key Facts

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Start Dates: Feb
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:Pending
Campus Location: University of Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes

About the course

This degree course is your entry to qualified social worker status, giving you the skills you need in just two years of study and work practice.

It equips you with the knowledge, skills and attributes for social work practice with adults and children across statutory, private, voluntary and independent sectors. When you graduate, you can apply for professional registration as a qualified social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

On the course, you study skills and theory through a mix of classroom, independent and work-based learning, and – by working as you study – you immediately put your learning into professional practice, supported by your employer.

Why choose this course?

  • Consolidate your ability to work with a range of people, particularly those in need, while developing the self-reflection, 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
  • Benefit from the University of Bedfordshire’s new Health & Social Care Academy, run in partnership with local councils and NHS Trusts to recruit and train the next generation of health and social care workers
  • Learn from academic staff who have all been practising social workers, some of whom continue to practise alongside their academic work
  • You qualify in 24 months rather than the three years of a standard honours degree
  • The qualification opens up opportunities to work in a wide range of organisations or to continue studying at postgraduate level
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Units

  • Contexts And Organisations (ASS078-2) Compulsory
  • Issues And Contexts For Social Work Practice (ASS077-2) Compulsory
  • Research Skills For Practice (ASS079-2) Compulsory

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 Tariff Points

  • 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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with 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
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

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

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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 Tariff Points

  • 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.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with 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
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


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.

Successful students will be eligible to apply to enter the HCPC professional register and work in a wide range of organisations. You will also, following on from your assessed and supported year in employment, be able to access our post qualifying social work courses.

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 admission@beds.ac.uk

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 admission@beds.ac.uk

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 admission@beds.ac.uk

    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 admission@beds.ac.uk


      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 admission@beds.ac.uk


        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 admission@beds.ac.uk

          Extra Costs

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

          Milton Keynes campus

          Our Milton Keynes campus is located in the town centre, very close to the main shopping centre and other amenities.

          The campus has modern teaching facilities and social spaces to help our students 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. Our degrees with placements also give you the opportunity to get real work experience as part of your studies.

          Location

          The Milton Keynes campus is ideally placed with good local connections as well as excellent transport links to London, the Midlands and internationally.  By fast train you will be in London in 35 minutes. The campus is just a five-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the rail and bus stations, with all the businesses and amenities Milton Keynes has to offer close at hand.

          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 admission@beds.ac.uk 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

            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 admission@beds.ac.uk 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