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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 Years

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About Social Work at Manchester Metropolitan University

Year of entry



3 years full-time

UCAS code(s)


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

Optional Estimate: £600

How are these costs calculated?

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Compulsory Estimate: 2 to 12 a day whilst on placement (costs will vary considerably)

How are these costs calculated?

You will need to budget for travel costs to your placement which could be up to 80 kilometres from the University. Travel costs to placement will vary considerably depending on where you live, the location of your placement and how you choose to travel. Information on public transport costs within Greater Manchester can be found at You should budget for car parking whilst on placement.

Professional Costs

Compulsory Estimate: 0 to 135 depending on your status. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details - /

Optional Estimate: 0 - this may change pending a review of the social work regulatory body

How are these costs calculated?

DBS Checks - Before starting on your course, you must undergo a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced Disclosure). At the time of going to press, you do not have to pay for your first DBS check. If you cannot attend a DBS session at the University before the start of the course, you can use the UK Post Office Document Certification Service, which costs approximately £10. If you are not a UK citizen, or if you have lived in one country outside the UK for six or more months in the last five years, you must where this is possible obtain a police clearance certificate from the country in which you resided, in addition to the Disclosure and Barring Service check. You must supply a certified translation if the certificate does not automatically include this. Costs vary and can include fingerprint and translation fees where required. Returning students, who have already had a DBS certificate from Manchester Met and who need a second DBS certificate, for example, due to a suspension of study, are required to pay the DBS fee. Please go to our DBS webpage for more details and for current DBS fees: /At the time of going to press there are no costs related to professional membership. This may change pending a review of the social work regulatory body.


Manchester Campus


Department of Social Care and Social Work

Social Work involves working with individuals, families and communities to empower and bring about change within society. Whether you are interested in working with children and families or with adults. Our degree programme has been designed and develop to produce graduates who are professionally respected, skilled and highly employable.

This course offers students the opportunity to gain a professional qualification in Social Work, entitling them to apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council .

You will be supported and guided through both your studies and professional practice placements by experienced and industry respected professionals. Our academic staff are research active, using their own professional networks and knowledge to inform their teaching and deliver a relevant, modern and practical skills base on which to develop your career.

This programme works with service users and the wider community to help design the curriculum and ensure that the units studied are appropriate in meeting the required skills and experience for professional practice.

The Social Work team at Manchester Met work closely with major local employers who also contribute and influence the content of our degree programme, providing placement opportunities across a range of sectors which ensure that our graduates complete the programme with the skills and abilities that employers are looking for.

Your career prospects after the course

The choice of possible career routes is diverse and after graduation there are opportunities for work within Statutory Services, the Independdent and Voluntary Sector, the National Health Service, in the private sector, or overseas.

There are also a range of opportunities for postgraduate study and research.

Some of our degree programmes provide a range of practitioner options, and the nature of the units available can contribute to current personal and professional development.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

Study options for this course

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  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required


112-120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBC-BBB) or acceptable alternatives e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma, Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DMM)

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills Level 2 in English & Mathematics and Key Skills) may be considered. 

We do not accept Adult Numeracy or Literacy.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with at least 45 credits at Level 3 to include a minimum of 15 credits at Distinction and 30 in a Merit or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate points

29 IB Diploma Points

IELTS score required for international students

7.0 with no element less than 6.5

There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

Additional Requirements

Applications which meet our academic entry requirements will be assessed by the following criteria on the Personal Statement:

- The ability to demonstrate a coherent statement of relevant experience.

- Awareness of discrimination as a factor that influences experiences.

- The ability to demonstrate an understanding of what Social Workers do.

An interview is part of the application process.

Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and health assessment will be required prior to enrolment.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be asked to provide a second reference. The second reference must be a work reference, from a referee who can comment on the applicant's suitability for the social work profession (for example, work in the voluntary or charitable sector).

Further information

Competence in written and spoken English

Successful applicants must meet communicating and comprehension skills to International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) at level7. 

Don't meet the entry requirements?

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