BA (Hons) Social Work - BA (Hons)

This challenging yet rewarding career will often bring you into the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

As a student at ARU, you’ll learn how to assess people’s circumstances and needs; measure risk; and set up activities with individuals, families, groups and communities.

Working alongside other care professionals, you’ll plan, provide, review and evaluate services and interventions. You’ll become skilled in problem-solving and communication, and gain a thorough understanding of your legal powers and duties.

Course details

Social work changes lives. We know. We’ve been training social workers for more than 20 years, and our graduates continue to make a difference to the children, families and adults they work with.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

The chances are you’re naturally patient, honest and tolerant – someone with sound judgement who sees the value in people. We’ll nurture those qualities, while giving you the knowledge and skills you need to qualify as a social worker.


Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level with a minimum of 7 in each component) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Please note that the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) is not accepted for this course due to Professional Body Restrictions.

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will also be required. You will also be required to register with the Online Update Service.

A satisfactory Occupational Health clearance will also be required.

To receive an offer of a place on this course you must be successful at interview.


Our degree course is a professional qualification, approved by Social Work England.

Social workers must be registered and, once you finish this course, you’ll be able to apply to register with Social Work England.

During your time with us, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need for a career as a social worker. You’ll be skilled in case management and able to work safely within the law.


Assessments are your opportunity to show the skills and knowledge that you’re gaining. We use a number of assessment methods including assignments, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, patchwork texts (short pieces of writing, or ‘patches’, built up week-by-week), poster design and placements.

  • Standards and Skills for Social Work Practice 1
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Work
  • Safeguarding in Context
  • Applied Social Work Theories
  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Research – Evaluating Knowledge and Evidence in Practice
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Social Work with Adults
  • Standards and Skills for Social Work Practice 2
  • Sustainable Social Work
  • Understanding Professional Practice
  • Undergraduate Major Project
  • Standards and Skills for Social Work Practice 3