Social Work BA (Hons)

This course was approved and validated by Social Work England in June 2020.

Would you like to make a difference to society? Social workers play a key role in supporting and helping people and our degree helps train you to be a confident, effective, resilient and safe practitioner. The course covers all aspects of social work, including theories and methods, legislation, skills for practice and developing professional competency.

Taught by highly experienced staff, on this course you will learn to work with both adults and children and will be eligible to enter any area of practice upon qualification.

Course details

Social workers support in a wide range of areas, including child protection, with vulnerable adults, older people and in mental health.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

Successful completion of this degree will allow eligibility to apply for registration with Social Work England as a social worker upon graduation. Benefit from practical work placements in settings including Child protection, Adoption and fostering, Physical and/or learning disability support and Youth Justice, which will take your learning beyond the classroom and enhance your experience and employability.

Develop your transferable skills with interprofessional learning, working alongside students and practitioners from a wide range of other professions including nurses, doctors, criminal justice workers, teachers and the police.


Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English and/or English Literature
We will consider applicants with Key Skills or Functional Skills in Adult Literacy at level 2 as an alternative to GCSE qualifications.

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
T Levels

Access course (started before September 2014)

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


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


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • 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
  • Practice Placement (70 days)
  • Law for Social Work Practice
  • Research informed practice
  • Social Work Theories, Processes and Skills in Practice
  • Inter-Professional Education (IPE)
  • Research Project
  • The Developing Professional Practitioner
  • Professional Judgement and Decision Making
  • Final Practice Placement (100 days)