Social Work BA (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (4 years)

Peterborough (Guild House)

September 2018

Teaching times

Semester 1: Wednesday 9:00 - 16:00.
Semester 2: Wednesday 9:00 - 16:00.

code: L502

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Our part-time Social Work course is a flexible way to train as a Social Worker. At the end of our course of will be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and begin your career. Social work is a varied and rewarding career with its share of the unexpected and offers an opportunity to make a difference.

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Our Social Work degree is a professional qualification and is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This means that you will be able to apply to register with the HCPC once you finish our course.

During your training with us, you will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to practice as a social worker. You will be skilled in case management and able to work safely within the law.

The social work profession offers a wide range of job opportunities and increasingly involves working with colleagues from other disciplines. You could work in the private, voluntary or independent sector. Services our graduates work in include adoption, fostering, child protection, adult safeguarding and youth offenders. Places of work could be county or city councils, family centres, learning disability charities, YMCA and many more. Find out more about what our graduates do by reading our employability case studies.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Ethics, Values and the Legal Context of Social Work
    The purpose of the module is to give you a broad understanding of the centrality of ethics and values to the profession. You’ll also consider the tensions and conflicts that are linked to the legal context within which the social work profession must operate.
  • Knowledge, Evidence and Practice
    You’ll reflect on how knowledge is created and applied in the activity of social work. This module prepares you to evaluate the quality of knowledge whether as evidence, research or in the interpretation of professional practice
  • Communication Skills and Key Theories Applied to Social Work Practice
    You’ll be introduced to key theory and concepts relating to communication in its different forms. You’ll study how these might be used in practice situations.

Year two, core modules

  • Social Work in Society
    This module will help you understand how service users' lives are influenced by their social and policy context. Poverty, inequality and social exclusion are key factors shaping the lives of most of the people that social workers engage with in their practice and you’ll gain a good understanding of these topics.
  • Social Work with Adults
    This module will give you an overview of five key areas of social work with adults: mental health, disability, age, gender and culture. You’ll examine the inter-relationships between these dimensions and the notion of safeguarding of vulnerable adults.
  • Powers, Duties and Accountability in Social Work
    You’ll be required to examine and evaluate the sources of professional power, structures of accountability and their duties when making professional decisions and judgements. This module will give priority to duties relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. You’ll also undertake a placement of 70 days in a Social Work setting.

Year three, core modules

  • Social Work with Children and Families
    This module provides you with an understanding of the context of child and family intervention and how to recognise signs, symptoms and consequences of child abuse.
  • Transition into Professional Practice
    This module prepares you for transition into the Assessed and Supported Year in Social Work (ASYE) of professional social work practice. It will help you gain critically informed insights about the implications of powers, duties and responsibilities arising from both the internal and external environments.

Year four, core modules

  • Wellbeing Across the Life Course
    This module provides an opportunity for you to examine different dimensions of well-being, in particular, mental health and social inequalities in health. You will also undertake a 100 day placement in a Social Work setting.
  • Analytical Thinking and Decision Making
    This module aims to develop the understanding and skills needed to undertake effective assessments and care plans that lead to appropriate interventions. Topics explored include ‘need', 'risk', professional judgement, decision-making, and the factors that inhibit and facilitate change. You will also examine multi-complex systems that impact on service users lives, such as working with diverse communities, partnership, ethical dilemmas and the application of anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory principles. This will include the complexities of working with service users who could be resistant to intervention, the safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children and complex decision-making within these contexts.
  • 100 - Day Placement
    You will normally be placed in a statutory related setting, such as a Local Authority Social Work team, where you will work under the direct supervision of a Qualified Social Worker and undertake assessments and interventions as part of formal or statutory processes. This will include risk assessment, safeguarding and the appropriate use of authority.

Modules available in years one, two, three and four

  • Assessed Readiness for Direct Practice
    This module will prepare you for undertaking your first placement by making sure that you have experienced appropriate preparation opportunities. This includes an assessment of 'Readiness to Practice' before you start your first placement.

Modules available in years two and three

  • Practice 1: Communications Skills and Partnership Working
    This practice module helps you learn how to critically analyse and put communications and partnership skills into practice. You’ll aim to maximise the choices available to people who have faced difficulties in society, including abuse, disadvantage, discrimination, marginalisation and poverty.
  • 70-day placement
    You will normally be placed in a private, voluntary or independent sector agency where you will undertake direct work with people who are vulnerable or have particular needs. The focus will be on engagement, assessment, interpersonal skills and gaining an understanding of the core elements of the social work role.

Modules available in years three and four

  • Undergraduate Major Project
    The undergraduate major project enables you to raise and address significant questions relating to your chosen topic/issue. You'll be supported by a tutor with similar interests and research profile. This module requires autonomous study and it is your chance to demonstrate that you have met our University’s expectations and are ready to graduate.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.


We use a variety of assessment methods to track your progress on this course. These include assignments, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, built up week-by-week), poster design and placements.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year, part-time)


Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. 

We also offer our £400 Books Plus scheme, which helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.

From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree can access an £800 bursary.

There’s finance available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants. Find out more on our finance pages.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

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