Course Overview

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Swansea University Social Work students are employed in professional and managerial jobs within six months of graduating

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Starting salaries for a newly qualified social worker range between £27,000 to £29,000. For a senior practitioner, this goes up to between £33,000 and £40,000. Senior positions include team manager which pays from £34,000 to £45,000.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BCC at A2 level. a minimum of 260 UCAS points. GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 qualifications.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION: Graduates of this course can register as qualified social workers with the Care Council for Wales. This qualification is also recognised by the social work regulatory bodies in Care Councils in other UK nations.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

Why study at Swansea?

  • The Swansea University Social Work degree was ranked in the UK top 10 by the Complete University Guide for 2017, 1st for graduate prospects and and 1st in Wales in the Complete University guide 2017.
  • Social Work at Swansea was ranked fourth for student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey results.
  • A recent Research Assessment Exercise ranked research in Social Work at Swansea University the best in Wales.
  • 100% of graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating. 
  • There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors.
  • The degree is accredited by the Care Council for Wales. Graduates can apply to register with the CCW as qualified social workers. This qualification is recognised by social work regulatory bodies across the UK.

But University isn’t just about studying. Swansea offers a great student experience in a beautiful environment. There are plenty more lifestyle reasons why you should choose Swansea.


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Social work is about encouraging change and human growth by supporting the social care and welfare needs of individuals, groups and communities. This degree is ideal for people who wish to work with individuals and families in vulnerable circumstances to help improve outcomes in their lives.

The course would appeal to students interested in sociology, applied psychology and human development, health and social care, welfare studies, social policy, criminology, gender studies, Welsh studies, childhood studies and child care, family law and legal studies, community development and youth work.

This degree has been developed to prepare students for employment as professionally qualified social workers and lays the foundation for their continuing professional development. It reflects the key themes of contemporary social work in Wales.

Social work has been an established course at Swansea for many years and combines a commitment to both academic excellence and practical learning.

There are strong links between the Department and social services agencies in south and west Wales, and in local authority and voluntary sectors. Social work placements take place in the local authorities of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum BCC at A2 level. a minimum of 260 UCAS points. GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 qualifications.

Alternative requirements:

  • Access Diploma: For Distinction and Merit profile contact should contact the Admissions Tutor. Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett  via
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma: Pass and either CC at A2 level or DM at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 330
  • International Baccalaureate: 33-34 points


How To Apply

  • Applications must be made through UCAS and received by January 15th 2017. 
  • Offers will be made subject to successful registration as a student social worker with the Care Council for Wales. This involves making a personal statement incorporating the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check) and health disclosure.
  • The selection process includes an interview and exercises designed to ensure those selected have the skills and insight to meet the required academic and occupational standards.
  • Candidates must also have at least one reference confirming they have undertaken at least 210 hours of relevant experience in a social care setting

If your first language is not English/ Welsh  then you need an IELTS score of 6.5 in all four categories to take this course.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,200

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • Students may wish to purchase some recommended books on reading lists, however we have a comprehensive library on campus that will have all the texts that you need

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students. Click to find out more about tuition fees at Swansea. 

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

The Care Council for Wales (CCW) provides funding for Wales based students studying for the social work degree in Swansea University; a £2,500 bursary for living costs and a practice learning opportunity allowance. Find out more here.

For students ordinarily resident in England, the NHS offers a social work bursary scheme. Find out more here.

Current students: You can find out more about the fees and funding for  standard undergraduate degrees here

Course Structure

This is a three-year full-time course with 33 hours of teaching contact time for each 20 credit module. Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials.  When not on placement, students will be taught at Swansea University.

Practice is an important part of the programme with 50% of the course, or 200 days,  being spent in practice with social work agencies, where students learn through observation, rehearsal and performance.

In the first year (Level 1) the emphasis is on obtaining knowledge relevant to practice followed by a short 20-day practice placement.

In years two and three (Level two and Level three) academic studies are combined with two longer periods of 80 days and 100 days each in practice in agencies supervised by suitably qualified staff.

Here is a full list of term dates.

Some modules are available to study through the medium of Welsh. Please contact Amanda Jones for further information.

ASSESSMENT: Students are assessed on written essays, oral presentations, group work tasks,  IT based exercises  and portfolio work.

Practice placements are assessed by a combination of written work and professional assessments using the National Occupational Standards for Social Work.

Careers in Social Work

Successful completion of the course provides students with a professional qualification recognised in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It opens the way to rewarding careers in the different areas of social work in the public, private and voluntary sectors with many possibilities for career progression.

UK social work qualifications are also recognised in other countries such as Australia.

People who studied Social Work at Swansea have gone into careers in: social work, consultant social work, social work education, youth work, research and social policy.

Visit our career pages to read our graduate success stories and download our career guide 

Social Work graduates are well-placed to carry out postgraduate study or research. Research at the College of Human and Health Sciences falls into eight broad themes:

  • Children and Young People’s Health and Well-Being
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • History, Health and Culture
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing and Healthcare Practices
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Law in Healthcare
  • Social Science

Students are encouraged to attend Swansea Employability Academy events and workshops are  held across campus each year. 


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.