Course Information

Ulster University BSc (Hons) Social Work

Ulster University

Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 05 September 2022
Day: Subject to Timetable
Duration: 2 Year(s)
Number of Weeks: 30
Hours per Week: 16
Total Hours: 480
Fee: 4630
Places Available: 15
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*All applications to this course must be made through UCAS.* The BSc Honours Degree in Social Work is a professional qualification that meets the requirements of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. Training to become a social worker involves a mixture of academic study and professional practice learning opportunities for a total of 185 days during the Degree.

Additional Information

*All applications to this course must be made through UCAS.* *The fees quoted are payable for each year.

Terms & Conditions

*All applications to this course must be made through UCAS. UCAS Course Code for South West College : L506* Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/Higher Education Handbook, on-line: and on the College VLE).
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • The minimum overall pass mark of 40% is required to be achieved in all modules.
  • Course Content

    During Practice Placements (two episodes of 85 days and 100 days) students will work full time alongside social work practitioners and supported and assessed by a Practice Teacher. A range of placement opportunities are provided by a wide range of agency partners from Health and Social Care Trusts and other voluntary and statutory agencies and these providers are integral to the development and delivery of the programme.

    Core Modules

    This Honours Degree will require students to study a variety of specialist modules to develop knowledge, skills and values relevant to professional social work practice. Year 1 Modules:

  • Research and Academic Skills for Social Work
  • Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • Introduction to Service User Groups
  • Building and Maintaining a Professional Identity
  • Introduction to Life course Psychology
  • Preparation for Practice Learning
  • Theories and Methods and Law
  • Year 2 Modules:
  • Practice Learning Placement
  • Assessment and Risk Assessment in Practice Settings
  • Working in Organisations
  • Critical Perspectives and Skills for Contemporary Practice
  • The programme also includes underpinning learning within the Social Sciences, such as Social Policy, Psychology and Sociology.

    Assessment Method

    Assessment methods include assignments, individual and group presentations, logbooks, examinations, group work and individual reflections.

    Progression Opportunities

    Students will undertake the first two years of this Honours Degree at SWC, Dungannon Campus. In the third year students will transfer to Ulster University, Magee Campus. Following this, students may progress into the Social Work Profession on completion of their academic award. Students will complete a further assessed year in employment to become a fully qualified and registered social worker with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

    Entry Requirements

  • All applications to this course must be made through UCAS. UCAS Course Code for South West College : L506. Learners who successfully complete a Personal Statement will attenda regional interview.
  • A Level - The A Level requirement forthis course is BBB. Applicants may satisfy therequirement for one A Level B grade by substituting a combination of alternative qualifications to the same standard as recognized by the University.
  • Applied General Qualifications - QCF: Overall BTEC award profile DDM (to include a minimum of 9 distinctions). RQF: Overall BTEC award profile DDM.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile H3, H3, H3, H3, H3
  • Scottish Highers - The requirement for this course is BBBCC.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers - The requirement for this course is CCC.
  • International Baccalaureate - Overall profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level).
  • Access to Higher Education - (HE) Overall Access profile 65% in level 3 modules.
  • Graduates - This course is open tograduates with a minimum of a Lower Second Class Honours degree. Applicants with a Third Class Honours degree will not be considered.
  • GCSEs - Applicants must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold aGCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Essential Skills Application of Number is accepted as an equivalent to GCSE Mathematics.
  • Additional Entry Requirements - HNC: overall distinction with distinctions in 90 level 4 credits. HND: Overall merit with distinctions in 60 level 5 credits. Ulster Foundation Degree: 55% overall average in level 5 modules.
  • International Student Entry Requirements

    International students must meet the general entrance requirements for admission to a first degree. The English Language requirement for international applicants is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE – pass at Level 3 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognizes a number of other English Language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.