Social Work - BSc (Hons)

Accredited by Social Work England, this demanding Social Work undergraduate degree will enable you to practise as a social worker. You’ll benefit from our extensive links with statutory organisations, local authorities and the voluntary sector, as well as from the experience our lecturers bring to the classroom.

Course details

Social work is a profession that has its history rooted in the principles of equality and social justice. This social work course is informed by research, evidence, current police and practice. You’ll learn in a structured and dynamic environment with considerable interaction with experienced academic staff, social care service users, as well as key partners and practitioners. Your learning will be enriched by fellow students from within health and social care sector who’ll share their experience, cultivating collaborative practice for providing service user-centred health and social care.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

Our Social Work BSc (Hons) is a professionally accredited course that is designed to provide the knowledge, skills and values required to begin a career as a social worker. Successful completion of the course will enable you to register with Social Work England. It’s been designed specifically to give you the capabilities and skills needed to qualify and practise as a social worker.

We’ve integrated the nine key frameworks for social workers into our modules, including professionalism, values and ethics, diversity, rights, knowledge, judgement, critical reflection and analysis, context and origins, and professional leadership. Knowledge, skills and values in these core areas will help you to become a reflective, resilient and effective social work practitioner.


Entry requirements

a minimum of grades BBB in A levels (or a minimum of 120 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Extended Diploma)

GCSE English Language at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent qualification, eg Functional Skills English at Level 2)

a minimum of 12 weeks’ previous experience (at the point of application) either in a paid or voluntary capacity of working directly with vulnerable people, normally within a social care or health context – employer reference/s are required to verify your work experience

an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for the Child and Adult Workforce, which is registered with the DBS Update Service. Please note that you will be required to pay for the DBS check.

What the students say

The highlight of my time at London Met so far has been using the resources made available by the University, especially the careers department, along with the skills obtained on my degree to successfully secure an intern position in my first year.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

  • Assessing, Planning and Professional Ethics (core, 30 credits)
  • Lifespan Development (core, 30 credits)
  • Readiness for Direct Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • Social Context for Social Work (core, 30 credits)
  • Law for Social Work Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • Practice learning 1 – first placement (core, 60 credits)
  • Theoretical Perspectives in Social Work (core, 15 credits)
  • Creative, critical reflective approaches to practice (option, 15 credits)
  • Resistance, Creativity and Joy in the Capital (option, 15 credits)
  • Sustainability and Environmental Justice (option, 15 credits)
  • Sustainability, Business and Responsibility (option, 15 credits)
  • Becoming Research Minded for Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • Practice learning 2 – second placement (core, 75 credits)
  • Community activism and digital campaigning (option, 15 credits)
  • Counselling in groups (option, 15 credits)
  • Diverse London (option, 15 credits)
  • Homelessness and Housing Policy (option, 15 credits)
  • Housing Issues and Housing Solutions (option, 15 credits)
  • Human Rights and Conflict (option, 15 credits)
  • International relationship-based practice for social change (option, 15 credits)