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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14200 per year

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About Social Work at Swansea University

Course Overview

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Swansea University Social Work students are employed in professional and managerial jobs within six months of graduating (Unistats 2016)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Starting salaries for a newly qualified social worker range between £28,000 to £29,000. For a senior practitioner, this goes up to between £33,000 and £40,000. Senior positions include team manager which pays from £34,000 to £45,000.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BCC at A2 level. a minimum of 104 (new tarfiff) UCAS points. GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 qualifications. At least 210 hours direct social care work or voluntary experience.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION: Graduates of this course can register as qualified social workers with Social Care Wales. This qualification is also recognised by the social work regulatory bodies in Care Councils in other UK nations.

Key features

Why study at Swansea?

  • The Swansea University Social Work degree was ranked in the UK top 20 by the Complete University Guide for 2018, 1st for graduate prospects and and 1st in Wales in the Complete University guide 2017.
  • Ranked 12th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Social Work at Swansea was ranked fourth for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey results.
  • A recent Research Assessment Exercise ranked research in Social Work at Swansea University the best in Wales and 14th in the UK. 
  • 100% of graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating. (Unistats 2016)
  • 93% of students say that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2016)
  • 96% of students say that staff have made the subject interesting (Unistats 2016)
  • Graduate starting salary of £28k on average (Unistats 2016)
  • Social Work is ranked 19th out of 80 (Times and Sunday Times 2017)
  • There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.
  • The degree is accredited by Social Care Wales. Graduates can apply to register with SCW as qualified social workers. This qualification is recognised by social work regulatory bodies across the UK.

But University isn't just about studying. Swansea offers a great student experience in a beautiful environment. There are plenty more lifestyle reasons why you should choose Swansea.

Course description

Social work is about encouraging change and human growth by supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and communities. This degree is ideal for people who wish to work with individuals and families in vulnerable circumstances to help improve outcomes in their lives.

The course would appeal to students interested in sociology, applied psychology and human development, health and social care, welfare studies, social policy, criminology, gender studies, Welsh studies, childhood studies and child care, family law and legal studies, community development and youth work.

This degree has been developed to prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers and lays the foundation for their continuing professional development. It reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.

Social work has been an established course at Swansea for many years and combines a commitment to both academic excellence and practical learning.

There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors. Social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,200

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

A-levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: Minimum BCC

GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 qualifications.

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade. 

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