Social Work BA (Hons) 2020/21 entry

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3 years full-time



Coventry University


September 2020



2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Social Work is much more than ‘helping people’. At its best it helps save lives, protect vulnerable people from harm and enhance the life chances of those in social need. The social work degree at Coventry University engages the head, the heart and the hands because theoretical knowledge, practical experience and human compassion are all considered essential requisites of an effective social worker.

For these reasons the course aims to enable you to affect positive change in the lives of service users. By doing so we hope that you will have an immensely rewarding career which makes a positive contribution to society.

This course encompasses contemporary issues in social work practice

Coventry University has been educating social workers for over 50 years. Professionally accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), on successful completion, you will be eligible to apply to the HCPC to register as a social worker.

97% overall satisfaction - National Student Survey 2019.

95% of students were in employment or further study 6 months after graduating, of which 100% were in a professional or managerial role - Unistats DHLE - data from 16/17)

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Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, and the department are current active partners on the West Midlands Teaching Partnership for Social Work.

Our partners

Close partnerships exist with employers and other higher education institutions in the Teaching Partnership, and there are particularly established links currently with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Our Facilities

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Hospital Wards

We have two fully-equipped mock hospital wards, each containing 4 beds. The wards are built to NHS standards and contain moveable beds, first aid equipment and patient monitoring tools.

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Life Sciences Research

Our facilities include a real ambulance, which students can use as part of their studies, and a purpose-built Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre. This allows for improved training quality in patient care and patient safety.

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The Alison Gingell building contains a state-of-the-art SuperLab, capable of holding up to 270 people at once. The lab's facilities include equipment for microscopy, DNA analysis and forensic testing.

Course information

This course is designed to develop your professional skills and knowledge so that you may achieve a recognised HCPC professional social work qualification. The curriculum centres on the Professional Capabilities of Social Work framework currently held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) of: professionalism; values and ethics; diversity; rights, justice and economic wellbeing; knowledge; critical reflection and analysis; intervention and skills; and contexts and organisations.

You will study a range of academic topics ranging including the law relating to social work, understanding emotion in social work and essential skills such as communication skills and relationship building , These are all designed to help you to better understand people’s needs and life journeys and should quip you with the underpinning knowledge for practice.

The course is grounded in practice so that you can experience first-hand the contemporary challenges and rapidly changing patterns of social work provision. You will undertake two separate and assessed practice placements, one of 70 days and one of 100. Supervised and supported by a qualified social worker and team members, you will explore applying theory to practice, undertake direct work with service users and evidence the capabilities required by completion of the degree. Placements potentially cover the whole life cycle from children to elders and a range of service user groups.


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Course specification
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Year One contains a series of modules introducing you to the core learning required in social work education. The suite of learning will explore baseline concepts and skills development in preparation for assessed practice in Year 2, including an innovative new module exploring emotions in social work.


  • Introduction to Social Work

  • Communication and Relationship Building Skills in Social Work

  • Legal and Policy Frameworks for Practice

  • Applied Sociological Theory for Social Work

  • Understanding Emotion in Social Work

  • Using Theories and Methods in Social Work Practiceial Work

  • Readiness for Practice


The second year designed to develop your knowledge, skills and behaviour, marked by the first practice placement. There follows a trajectory of academic study, focusing on applied work.


  • Evidence informed Practice

  • Social Work Practice 1

  • Critical Reflective Practice 1

  • Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan

  • Social Work Practice with Children, Young People and Families

  • Social Work Practice with Adults


The final year includes a longer period of assessed practice, in preparation for professional qualification, and a particular focus on employability and independent study.


  • Social Work Practice 2

  • Critical Reflective Practice 2

  • Management and Leadership for Social Care Professionals

  • Transition to Professional Practice

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


of Coventry University graduates are employed or in further study. - Undergraduate UK DLHE survey 2016-17

In more detail...

  • A staff team experienced both academically and in social care work practice.
  • 170 days of practice learning in two placements.
  • Upon successful completion of the course you will: -Have developed the knowledge, cognitive skills, ethical understanding and interpersonal skills necessary for qualified social work practice. -Be able to recognise and work with service users from a diverse range of backgrounds in ways that balances the need to be sensitive to difference, cultural and otherwise, whilst remaining committed to upholding universal social work values. -Have developed the self-efficacy, autonomy, self-awareness, reflective ability, emotional intelligence and the organisational skills to work as an effective and empathic social worker.

The broad range of knowledge and skills within the staff team is reflected in diverse teaching methods. You can expect to experience large and small-group sessions, personal development groups, individual and group tutorial and some online content.

Assessment on the programme mirrors the diverse teaching methods with an approach to meet various skills and competencies as required by the regulation of the programme. This includes formative and summative assessment, through assignment, reflective log, class test and practical skill demonstration.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply to the regulator of social workers in England to be placed on the relevant register as a professional social worker.
  • Practise effectively as a skilled and person-centred professional.
  • Recognise the impact of injustice, inequality and oppressive social structures and relations on service users’ and carers’ lives.
  • Demonstrate respect for people and for diverse organisations and communities, promoting social justice and combating processes that lead to oppression, discrimination, marginalisation, inequality and social exclusion.
  • Utilise skills to help people to gain, regain or maintain control of their own lives, choices and decisions, insofar as this is compatible with their own or others' safety, well-being and rights.
  • Engage in professional relationships with service users and carers that are characterised by openness, reciprocity, mutual accountability and explicit recognition of the powers of the social worker including statutory intervention.
  • Analyse how to make and implement difficult decisions (including restrictions on liberty) in situations that involve the potential for harm, including critical reflection on ethical principles and dilemmas.
  • Evaluate the need to deal with complex, multiple and sometimes contradictory accountabilities (for example, to different service users, carers, employing agencies, professional bodies and the public).
  • Appraise research evidence and knowledge from a range of sources (including theoretical perspectives and evidence from international contexts) to inform understanding and to underpin action, reflection and evaluation.
  • Appraise the social, political and economic challenges and demands of contemporary social welfare legislation, policy and practice. Analyse and work within ongoing contested debates about the nature, scope and purpose of social work.

During Year 1 you can expect to spend approximately 3.5 days per week at the University during term time from September to December, and January to April. In Year 2, placement between September and January will involve 'full-time’ attendance, which is also the case at the start of Year 3, from September to February.

In recent years the faculty have offered international experiences***, and recently social work students have been involved in visits to places such as Finland and the Netherlands.

***International experiences are subject to availability/change and additional fees may apply.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: HLSU117
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM in a Health subject 30 points with 14 at Higher Level Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English Language and Mathematics, or specified equivalents


Additional Information: Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of social work and learning from work and or life experience. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. All offers are subject to satisfactory health clearance, disclosure and barring service/criminal conviction checks and a successful interview.

In line with the National Health Service Constitution we use a values based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

An overall pass in the Access to Higher Education Diploma (60 credits) with 45 Level 3 credits, 30 at Distinction in Health/Social Science Modules.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Please note: International applicants will be required to attend an interview with Coventry University in the UK.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires an IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component lower than 6.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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What our students say...

Passion, expertise, sheer commitment and intellect have been demonstrated by all the members of staff. They have always been humble and patient in imparting their knowledge and able to modify their approach to suit their audience - it was never a one size fits all. Not only are they intelligent, experienced, passionate, knowledgeable and accommodating, but they are also wonderful people.

Allaa Montague, BA Social Work, former student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)

UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

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September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)

EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £13,250 (per year)

International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Previous graduates from social work qualifying programmes at Coventry University have had excellent career prospects in the caring professions, supported by our close links with local employer partners, who are actively involved in the design, delivery and assessment of the programme. There remain healthy employment rates in the local area for qualified local authority social workers, however previous graduates have also gone on to wider range of positions in the NHS and voluntary sector.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have benefited from particularly helpful working relationships with local employers who make up the West Midlands Teaching Partnership, and especially Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

Admission to this course is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and a successful interview. Find out about the application process

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