Course Overview

EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Swansea University Social Work students are employed in professional and managerial jobs within six months of graduating (Unistats 2016)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Starting salaries for a newly qualified social worker range between £28,000 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 104 (new tarfiff) UCAS points. GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 qualifications. At least 210 hours direct social care work or voluntary experience.

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

Key Features

Why study at Swansea?

  • The Swansea University Social Work degree is ranked in the UK top 20 by the Complete University Guide for 2018
  • 94.44% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
  • Ranked 12th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • Social Work is ranked 9th out of 80 (Times and Sunday Times 2018)
  • 94% of students are satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2017)
  • A recent Research Assessment Exercise ranked research in Social Work at Swansea University the best in Wales and 14th in the UK. 
  • 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 Social Care Wales. Graduates can apply to register with SCW as qualified social workers. This qualification is recognised by social work regulatory bodies across the UK.
  • Second year undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in a 3 week global opportunity at the University of Houston, Texas.

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.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASQ101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Social Work
ASQ102Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Social Work Services in a Diverse Society: Ethics, Values and Anti-Discriminatory Practice
ASQ103Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Undertaking and Using Social Work Research for Practice
ASQ104Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Human Growth and Development
ASQ105Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Social Work Law
ASQ106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Social Work in Practice 1
SW-100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Social Work Practice Learning 1

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASQ201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theories and Perspectives in Social Work
ASQ202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Social Work in Practice 2
ASQ204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Legal issues in Social Work and Social Care
SW-200Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Social Work Practice Learning 2

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ASQ301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Critical Practice in Child Care
ASQ302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Critical Practice in Adult Community Care
ASQ309Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Applying Knowledge to Enhance Practice
SW-300Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Social Work Practice Learning 3


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

A-levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: Minimum BCC

GCSE Grade A*- C, in maths and English/ Welsh or the equivalent Key Skills 2 qualifications.

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade. 

Alternative Requirements 

  • Access Diploma: For Distinction and Merit profile contact should contact the Admissions Tutor. Tracey Maegusuku-Hewett or Beth Pearl via
  • Irish leaving certificate: 330
  • International Baccalaureate: 33-34 points


  • Applicants are required to have undertaken at least 210 hours direct social care work or voluntary experience at the point of application. 

How To Apply

  • Applications must be made through UCAS and received by January 15th 2018. 
  • Offers will be made subject to successful registration as a student social worker with Social Care 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.

Apply via UCAS 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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

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. 

Social Care Wales 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.


Global Opportunities

Students studying Society and Wellbeing courses at the College of Human and Health Sciences have an opportunity to participate in a Homestay Scheme with the University of Houston, Texas.

Find out more here...

Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Human and Health Sciences runs a number of summer programmes for students with opportunities to visit ChinaThailand and Vietnam.