Social Work, BA Hons

Social Work, BA Hons

The BA Hons Social Work degree is a professional entry qualification to be a Registered Social Worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This programme  will provide you with the theoretical knowledge, skills and practical experience to ensure that you are ready to respond to the challenges and demands of this diverse role. 

Social Work at the University of Greenwich has a strong track record of achievement and provides high quality education approved by the HCPC and endorsed by the College of Social Work. 

Our programmes are based on contemporary knowledge, are research led and have strong partnerships with local employers to ensure a good supply of high quality practice placements and potential job opportunities on successful completion of the programme. Changes in government policy, social work practice and new knowledge from research guide and focus this programme ensuring your qualification is absolutely up to date.

Innovative teaching and learning will support your personal and professional development enabling you to work with the diverse range of issues including disability, family breakdown, bereavement, discrimination, poverty and disadvantage from an anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive perspective. 

Meeting the needs of the profession and working frequently in crisis situations where adults and children may be at risk requires special individuals with a high level of commitment and resilience who are capable of making difficult decisions to support people to manage or overcome their problems and maintain control over their lives.

The Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling is a trusted provider of excellent academic degrees and vocational training. Our teaching staff are research active and are experts in their respective field.  The department is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey. We pride ourselves on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We have well-equipped facilities and laboratories to support our activities and we employ creative teaching methods and assessment techniques. All our programmes offer a wide choice of courses and we welcome and offer support to students from a range of backgrounds.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide a programme of learning that promotes a critical and evaluative approach to practice and supports students to reflect on their own development and learn from the exercise of their skills
  • To develop graduates who are critical, independent thinkers and who base their practice on the application of research knowledge and other sources of evidence about effective social work practice.

UCAS code

L500 A BA/SW


Psychology, Social Work & Counselling


Avery Hill Campus


3 years full-time
4 years part-time (available for students who are sponsored by their own employers, who must guarantee to provide placements).

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

  • 300 UCAS points from either A-levels or BTEC National Diploma PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English Language and mathematics) or their equivalent
  • OR an approved Access to HE Diploma (minimum of 60 credits, 45 at level 3 and 15 at level 2 or 3 - 30 of the level 3 credits must be at merit or distinction level PLUS a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above (including English Language and mathematics) or their equivalent
  • Applicants must have experience of caring or advocacy, supporting vulnerable people in a working or voluntary capacity. This might be combined with caring in a personal capacity.
  • If invited to a selection day you will be required to provide a current, valid passport on the day.
  • At interview applicants will be asked about their DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) status. For more information please visit
  • You will also be subject to the following: Residential regulations; Occupational health screening; Selection tests, interview and DBS criminal record disclosure.


Examinations and coursework, including essays, projects and case studies.

Career options

Graduates can find employment in social work/social care organisations in the statutory, voluntary and independent sector.


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Full time

Part time

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Social Work

Social Work is an extremely varied profession providing opportunities to work with a wide range of service user groups. Our programmes lead to nationally recognised qualifications in social work.

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"My passion to become a social worker started early. I gained a sense of achievement from supporting individuals who were disabled to overcome social and mobility problems. I also worked in a children's residential home and was fascinated by the complexities, uncertainty and risk that were intertwined in the young people's lives.

Greenwich was my first choice, as it had a reputation for high-quality teaching with research, as well as diverse statutory, voluntary and private-sector placement opportunities. From the moment I embarked on the programme, I have not been disappointed. The teaching has been innovative and the lecturers are encouraging; their extensive knowledge and range of clinical experiences facilitate the learning and enable students to link theory to practice.

The programme is highly respected by local social work agencies. It is currently seeking accreditation from the Health and Care Professions Council and endorsement by the College of Social Work. Its structure reflects changes in contemporary social work. It enables you to challenge yourself and engage in an intellectual exploration of your own values, assumptions and knowledge.

I have met some truly inspiring people and made some lifelong friendships. The academic studies and practice experience have prepared me to be an effective social worker who can make a difference to children and their families."

Mikhail Mohammed
Social Work

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