Social Work (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

Our Social Work (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) is an alternative route into social work studies if you don’t meet the necessary requirements to enter the standard undergraduate degree.

Course details

Our social work bachelor’s degree with a foundation year will provide you with knowledge, skills and experience to enter or progress your career within the health and social care sector.
  • 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

The foundation year will equip you with valuable transferable skills that will help you succeed in any workplace – you’ll learn how to manage your workload, critically analyse information and improve your academic writing skills. You’ll also complete a taster module in social work, so that you can prepare for more in-depth study of the subject in the subsequent three years of your course.

Your foundation year will be shared with students from other specialisms studying a foundation year in the School of Social Professions. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn about other disciplines and exchange different perspectives on the topics you study.


Entry requirements

at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)

English Language at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2)

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.

completed 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 OR be willing to complete 12 weeks’ experience during your foundation year

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.

  • Critical Thinking (core, 15 credits)
  • Interventions for Change (core, 15 credits)
  • Media, Crime and ‘Race’ (core, 15 credits)
  • Reflecting on Self and Society (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Discrimination (core, 15 credits)
  • Researching Inequality (core, 15 credits)
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay (core, 15 credits)
  • Understanding Social Work (core, 15 credits)
  • 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)
  • Disability and Inclusion (option, 15 credits)
  • Resistance, Creativity and Joy in the Capital (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)
  • International relationship-based practice for social change (option, 15 credits)