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Social Work BA (Hons)

 A fulfilling professional discipline, social work has a clear preventative role within the community and is regulated by law.


The social work degree aims to train you to be a confident, effective, resilient and safe practitioner.

Successful completion of the Social Work BA (Hons) degree will confer eligibility to apply for registration as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on graduation.

Please note, the final intake for this degree programme will be September 2017.

Following this date, Social Work teaching at De Montfort University will only be available through the Social Work MA postgraduate programme, subject to validation.

This decision will enable the university to meet the changing academic standards expected under the UK Government’s planned transformation of social work.

Any student accepted to study this programme in the September 2017 intake will be unaffected by this decision and will continue to have access to the same exceptional teaching and opportunities available to those currently studying at the university.

If you have any queries about your application, please contact the Health and Life Sciences Admissions team, at or call +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70. 

You can also find out more about our other undergraduate degree programmes on our website, or by booking your place to speak to current staff and students at one of our upcoming Open Day events.

Reasons to study Social Work at DMU:

  • Our staff have extensive experience in social work practice, multidisciplinary research and teaching ensuring your learning experience is high quality and up-to-date with all the contemporary issues, advancements and debates in the sector
  • Practical work placements with strong local partnerships take your learning beyond the classroom and enhances your experience and employability
  • Develop your transferable skills with inter-professional (IP) learning - work alongside students and practitioners from a wide range of other professions including nurses, doctors, criminal justice workers, teachers and police
  • 93% graduate employability students in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2014/15)

  • 98% of Social Work students reported that they are happy with the learning resources on offer in the 2016 National Student Survey

  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS, find out more #ichoseDMU

The social work degree is designed to help you improve the lives and well-being of people and communities experiencing poverty or social injustice; equipping you to work in a wide range of areas including child protection, with vulnerable adults, older people and in mental health.


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2017. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

Social Work Bursary
You may be eligible for a non-repayable social work student bursary of up to £4,575 (this is based on the NHS guidance 2015-2016 so may change for future years). For more information, including eligibility for students from England and Wales, and on how to apply please click here.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L502

Duration: Three years full-time
There is an attendance requirement of 70% for University based teaching and learning sessions and 100% for placement day attendance.

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L502

Duration: Three years full-time
There is an attendance requirement of 70% for University based teaching and learning sessions and 100% for placement day attendance. 

Location: De Montfort University, Leicester UK.

Fees and funding: £12,750 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English
  • We will consider applicants with Key Skills or Functional Skills in Adult Literacy/Adult Numeracy at level 2 as an alternative to GCSE Maths and English.

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 120 points from at least two A levels


  • BTEC National Diploma - Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - with Distinction/Distinction/Merit

International Baccalaureate: 30+

Access course (started before September 2014)

Pass. English and Maths GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits in each subject required.

Access to HE Diploma (started after September 2014)

Pass Access qualification with GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. 


Applicants will have an individual and a group interview. Applicants will produce a short written piece of work on the selection day, based on a case study which they are sent prior to the selection day. Demonstration of an example of emotional resilience is required during your individual interview. Professional conduct during the event will also contribute to the decision making regarding an applicant’s application.

Work experience

We require applicants to have achieved 250 hours of relevant work experience in a social care setting prior to the start of the programme. Only 50 per cent of this can be made up from work experience gained as part of college places. References are required from all placement providers.

You must complete a declaration form and enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application form before starting the course (if you are an international applicant you will also need to submit a criminal record certificate from your home country), which needs to be cleared in accordance with DMU’s admissions policy.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments




First Year

  • Preparation for Social Work Practice
  • Introduction to Law, Policy and Procedure
  • Understanding the Life Span (Human growth and development)
  • Introduction to Social Work Theories and Skills in practice

Second Year

  • Practice Placement (70 days)
  • Law for Social Work Practice
  • Research informed practice
  • Social Work Theories, Processes and Skills in Practice
  • Inter-Professional Education (IPE)

Third Year

  • Research Project
  • The Developing Professional Practitioner
  • Professional Judgement and Decision Making
  • Final Practice Placement (100 days)

Social work is a full-time programme and in the first year, you can expect to be in taught sessions on most days. In the second and third years, you will have one to two days of independent study each week.

Teaching and learning approaches include:

  • Individual and group work
  • Shadowing
  • Problem-based learning
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

While on placements, you will work during the normal hours of your placement agency. Assessment

  • To ensure students are ready to practice, they are assessed in their first year through a communication exercise with a service user or carer and a shadowing exercise where they will shadow a social worker in their practice with service users and reflect on this experience.

Each module has its own assessment. This will usually include a written assignment. Some modules are also assessed through presentations.

The Law for Social Work Practice module (year 2) is partly assessed through a ‘open book’ examination.

Students undertake a research project in their third year where they have the opportunity to undertake research into an area of interest that is related to social work practice.  

Teaching Contact Hours

Contact hours in a typical week will vary from week to week. . However, typically you will have up to 23 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 1 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) some weeks.

Medium group teaching: approx. up to 5  hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. up to 20  hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. up to 15 timetabled hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

The timetable for each week varies and each week is made up of different activities. 

Our Social Work BA (hons) programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Approval of the programme means that that on successful completion of the programme, students are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as a qualified social worker.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Students have two placements of 70 and 100 days to prepare to be effective practitioners. Placements are located in statutory, voluntary and private agencies such as hospitals, residential care, in fieldwork settings and in a wide range of voluntary sector agencies.

The range of service user groups you will potentially work alongside include children and young people, adults with mental health needs, older people and people with physical and learning disabilities.

Placements are usually based in Leicestershire or Leicester City, although exceptionally placements may be in a neighbouring area. 

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Graduate Careers

Our graduates go on to work in statutory and voluntary agencies with the range of service user groups identified above and also includes:

  • Social work with children and families
  • Child protection
  • Older people
  • People with learning disabilities
  • People who misuse substances and alcohol
  • People with mental health needs

Postgraduate opportunities allow you to continue your professional development, including;

  • Masters in Research (Social Work) MRes
  • Health/Youth and Community Development (with or without Professional Qualification) MA


International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.


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