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What's Involved

The BA (Hons) Social Work is the professional qualification required to apply for registration as a Social Worker in the UK. You will join a committed and highly enthusiastic group of students and find a warm and supportive environment, learning skills, knowledge and values that will equip you for your chosen career. This specialist course is validated by the Open University and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Accreditation is being sought from the College of Social Work. This is a classroom based full time degree over 3 years.

The course covers the following compulsory modules that you will study:


  • Academic study skills;
  • Self, identity and values;
  • Theories and methods for practice;
  • Human development across the life course;
  • Law for Social Workers;
  • Skills for effective working with service users.


  • Social policy and social justice;
  • Using research and evidence in practice;
  • Practice with adult service users;
  • Practice with children and families;
  • Practice placement 1.


  • Research in action;
  • Specialist issues, innovative and leadership;
  • Practice placement 2.

Entry Requirements

  • 80 UCAS points* (MMP Extended Diploma; CDD at A level; Access course with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3);
  • GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent Level 2 qualifications;
  • A DBS check;
  • You will be invited to attend an interview.

Prospective students over the age of 21 years without formal qualifications should contact the college in the first instance to discuss your options.

*new UCAS tariff from September 2017.

If you are interested in applying for the course, please apply via: Our institution code is H14 and the course code is L500.

Where will it take me?

This qualification leads to employment as a Qualified Social Worker following successful registration onto the Health and Care Professions Council register. As it is a generic qualification, you would be able to apply for posts within both the Children and Families or Adult Community Care sectors in a range of statutory, voluntary and private agencies.

Students receiving an award other than the BA (Hons) Social Work (i.e. those exiting the programme early and receiving the Certificate or Diploma of Higher Education, Social Studies) will not be eligible to apply for registration onto the Health and Care Professions Council.

Course Assessment Method

The admissions process will include a written test, group exercise and individual interview through which an assessment will be made of your potential for the course including your proficiency in English, your knowledge and understanding of the social work role and your personal values. The written test will be completed on computers to test your IT skills. People who use services and social work practitioners will be involved in the selection process alongside academic staff from the course team.

Once enrolled assessment methods are varied and will include essays, reports, presentations and exams (in Law only). Assessments are designed to reflect specific elements of Social Work practice and will involve social work practitioners and service users, as well as academic staff. Modules in the first year have formative assessments to guide you in your development, as well as formally graded summative assessments.

All subjects are compulsory. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) will be considered if you have evidence of previous study that meets the required learning outcomes. A maximum of 50% of the course credit can be gained through APL and this can include credit for successfully completed social work practice placements. In accordance with College policy, we will not consider unaccredited experiential learning. For further information on APL please contact the course team.

For full-time students, the course is studied over a period of three years. Attendance is 4-5 days per week.

How to apply?

Applications direct to UCAS for further assistance contact Admissions.

Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
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2020-21 Course Guide

Havering College Course Guide 2020/21

BA (Hons) Social Work Programme Specification 2018 

BA Social Work Programme Specification 2013

Ofsted 2016 Report