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Social Work Courses in the UK

Gain the academic knowledge and practical skills to support people and families

A degree in social work will help graduates make a significant impact on society's most vulnerable lives. You will learn how to relate to people of all ages, races and backgrounds in order to gain trust and assist with improving their quality of life. Patience, understanding and communication are three of the key skills which will be developed over the duration of the course as you are put into a number of different situations you will be expected to face on a day-to-day basis.

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Modules in a social work degree will tackle these issues head on as you learn about social science, work processes and practice, risk protection, child care and ethics. Degrees last for three years, with placements taking place at social work agencies during year two to give you vital experience of what the role is like in a practical environment.

Careers in Social Work

Social work graduates will find employment in the charity, private and public sectors. Depending on what specialisations were undertaken whilst studying, social workers will work with adults, children, people with learning disabilities, the homeless, people with substance abuse issues and foster families.

  • Average starting professional salary: £28,000
  • Average starting non-professional salary: £17,327

Source: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Social Work UK Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 32 points.
  • Typical A-level requirements: ABB.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 7.0 overall, with no lower than 6.5 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Social Work?

To learn more about the best social work courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Social Work universities in the Guardian University Guide 2024 below:

  1. Lancaster University
  2. University of Salford
  3. Glasgow Caledonian University
  4. Queen's University Belfast
  5. Anglia Ruskin University
  6. University of Edinburgh
  7. University of Hertfordshire
  8. University of Nottingham
  9. University of Bristol
  10. University of Chester

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