Social Work - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

The course is based on the National Occupational Standards for social work practice and is a partnership with local social work agencies and service user groups. It combines and integrates professional training in social work with academic study to degree level.

Social Work involves a flexible approach to meeting the needs of individuals, groups or communities. The Programme is concerned with developing a range of competencies to meet the National Occupational Standard for Social Work. Current legislation, theory and research-based evidence in relation to social work knowledge, skills and values are related to direct practice experience and settings. This will include an understanding of the legislative provision of services and the importance of understanding social work within a Welsh context.

The Care Council for Wales Code of Practice, equality and human rights issues will be integral to learning and practice. You will be expected to comply with the Code of Practice of the Care Council for Wales.

This course is also available at Bridgend College. Please visit or contact Bridgend College directly on 01656 302 302 or for further information.

Due to a high volume of applications, unfortunately deferred applications cannot be considered.

Course Content

Year One:
Before undertaking direct practice with service users in a practice learning setting, you must undertake 20 days of assessed practice learning through which you must demonstrate that you have the basic interpersonal skills and values to be suitable and safe to work with service users. Study will focus on core values and skills as well as broader social, cultural and institutional processes that frame the role and task of social work.

Year Two & Three:
You will spend 180 days in assessed practice learning settings (80 days year 2 and 100 days year 3). 
This will involve a minimum of two practice settings. This will provide you with a range of learning opportunities to demonstrate competence in relation to National Occupational Standards for Social Work and the Care Council for Wales' Code of Practice.

There will be a focus on disadvantage, oppression and deprivation; leading to an emphasis on social work intervention and the contexts within which social work is practised.

Each year you will focus on six key roles in working with individuals, families, carers, groups and communities:

  • Role and context of social work
  • Communication & Empowerment
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Management of Risk
  • Work within organisations
  • Personal & Professional Development

Learning & Teaching

A substantial part of the course is spent in practice settings within agencies in South Wales; therefore the ability to undertake travelling to and within practice agencies will be an expectation.

Whilst on the Social Work degree students are required to demonstrate that they are able to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) methods and techniques to support their learning and practice.

All students that enrol on the BSc (Hons) Social Work are assigned a personal tutor that will provide both group and individual tutorial support.  Students are placed within Local Authority ‘Host agency’ groups for the duration of their studies, and subsequently have the opportunity to build and sustain professional working relationships with peers and professionals within their host Local Authority.


Assessment of individual areas of study will include a combination of different approaches: practice, simulation exercises essays, reports, individual presentations, group presentations and examinations.  In addition, portfolios will have to be produced linked to practice learning, which include observations of practice and reflective accounts based on the observations.

Employability & Careers

Graduates will be able to access a wide range of employment opportunities within social work in both statutory, voluntary and independent sector employment. Graduates are able to work with a range of services users and address complex social issues.

Graduates may also choose to pursue Continued Professional Education and Learning within their Social Work career, or a postgraduate qualification, for example in teaching in further/higher education or a Masters or Doctorate in Social Work. There are also other graduate opportunities outside health and social care.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold Key Skills Level Two in Numeracy / Application of Number and Communication or GCSE's (or equivalent) in Maths and English language (Grade C or above) (or Welsh), and must be able to demonstrate an ability to study at higher education, normally through a recognised qualification:

  • 240 points from at least two A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC
  • BTEC QCF Diploma / Extended Diploma 240 points
  • A relevant NVQ Level 3 or 4 in a social work/social care related subject area.
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3
  • English and Maths related credits covered within the Access will not be accepted as GCSE equivalent 
  • 240 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A Level, Core counted as third subject
  • Other recognised qualification that provides evidence of ability to study at Higher Education Level

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Applicants are also expected to hold a minimum of twelve (minimum 420hrs) weeks, supervised (paid or unpaid) work experience in a social care setting. This requirement will have to be demonstrated on your UCAS application form and be completed at the time of applying.

Further information on appropriate qualifications can be found at:

Entry onto this course is also subject to a satisfactory disclosure barring service check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application where suitability is assessed based on your match to the entry requirements. All short listed applicants will be invited to an interview day. Applicant’s supported/sponsored by Local Authority Social Services Departments in the South Wales region should apply directly through your own Training Departments who will subsequently initiate the selection process.

Interview Process:
You will be required to undertake a written test under examination conditions. The written test is based around a current issue/case study within social work, and the test lasts for one hour. You will be expected to answer questions on the written task.

This process is to enable you to demonstrate the potential to work with people in need and show you have the appropriate personal qualities, skills and values to be a social worker.

Following the written test you will undergo an individual interview. The interviews are undertaken by academic members of staff from both Cardiff Metropolitan University and Bridgend College, alongside social work practitioners and service users/carers that are involved with the Programme.

You will then be notified in writing if you are to be offered a place on the course. You will be required to formally accept the offer in writing to UCAS and the Allocation, Selection and Access Co-ordinator at the university.

All offers made are conditional, in that all successful applicants will have to satisfy Criminal Record Bureau regulations, health checks and meet the requirements of registration with the Care Council for Wales.

If you are successful and offered a place, you will receive written instruction about starting on the course and the DBS/registration conditions that they need to meet prior to commencement of the course.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s):

L501 (Cardiff Met) / L501B (Bridgend)

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences
Llandaff Campus (and Franchised at Bridgend College)

Course Length: Three years full-time

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Student Recruitment Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the programme leader, Sarah Thomas:
Tel: 029 2041 6843

This course is also available at Bridgend College. Please visit: or contact Bridgend College directly on 01656 302 302 or for further information.

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website
Bridgend College Website

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