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Ulster University BSc (Hons) Social Work

Level 6
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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.

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.

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. The programme also includes underpinning learning within the Social Sciences, such as Social Policy, Psychology and Sociology.

Year One

  • Year 1
  • Research and Academic Skills for Social Work
  • Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • Sociology and Social Policy for Social Work
  • Building and Maintaining a Professional Identity
  • Introduction to Life course Psychology
  • Preparation for Practice Learning
  • Theories and Methods
  • Law
  • Year 2
  • Practice Learning Opportunity
  • Assessment and Risk Assessment in Practice Settings
  • Working in Organisations
  • Critical Perspectives and Skills for Contemporary Practice

A level

Grades BBB

Applied General Qualifications

  • QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite), award profile DDD
  • RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite), award profile DDM
  • QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2012 Suite) Award profile of DD plus A Level Grade B
  • RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite) Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade B

Irish Leaving Certificate

120 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English and Maths at H6 if studied at Higher level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

Scottish Highers

Grades BBBCC

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades CCC

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum 26 points (13 at higher level) including English and Maths

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Access Diploma NI

  • Overall profile of 65% in Level 3 modules (120 credit NI Access Course).

Access to HE Diploma (GB)

  • Overall profile of 24D 21M (60 credit GB Access Course)


  • GCSE English Grade C/4 or Essential Skills Communication Level 2 (Pass) or Communication Module (Level 2) in Access programme.
  • GCSE Maths grade C/4 or Essential Skills Numeracy Level 2 or Maths modules (Level 2) in Access programme.

English Language Requirements

  • English language requirements for international applicants:
  • Minimum of Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5
  • Trinity ISE: Pass at level III
  • Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

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Additional Entry Requirements

Qualifications other than those listed above are acceptable including:

  • Pass HND (total of 120 credits) for entry to Year 1 with overall Merit with distinctions in 60 Level 5 credits
  • Pass HNC (total of 120 credits) with an overall Distinction to include 90 Level 4 credits at Distinction.

Examples of acceptable combinations include: 2 A Levels and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: OCR National Diploma and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: 2 A Levels and Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma: A Level and BTEC National Diploma

Please check the Ulster University website:

How we select our students:

STAGE 1 - Application for must be made via by the closing date of 26 January 2023 (18:00 hours). Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. Applications for South West College's Social Work Degree is managed centrally by the Admissions Office at Ulster (Magee Campus):

Dungannon Campus, South West College (3 year degree, first two years at SWC, final year at Magee campus)

UCAS Course Code: L506, campus code X

Applicants are advised that having some experience in employment or voluntary work of a social work nature is beneficial but not essential.

STAGE 2 -A Consent & Declaration form will be sent to you by email. If you receive this from both Ulster and Queen’s you must complete both and return to the relevant institution.

STAGE 3 - Interview -you will be invited to participate in a video interview. Interviews will take place in February 2023. The interview questions will explore your motivation and understanding of social work values, self-care and diversity. It is important that you draw upon any life, academic or work experience (voluntary or paid).

NB: It is assumed that if you submit your video interview for assessment, that you were 'fit' to create this. If unwell a request should be made for an alternative date and this will be accommodated, where possible.

STAGE 4 - Offers: Applicants who pass the ‘suitability interview’ are ranked by interview score. Offers are normally issued in April. However not all applicants who are deemed suitable will receive an offer at this stage. This is due to the government quota for social work places in Northern Ireland. You should note that, if you have applied to both Ulster and QUB, it is possible to receive an offer from one institution and not the other.

Those applicants who do not receive an offer in this first round will be placed on a 'reserve list' in case places become available at a later date (this may not be until August). You should note that there is no guarantee that additional places will become available.

Please note if you are unsuccessful at any of the above stages you will be notified via UCAS.

Registration with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council

Social work students in Northern Ireland are required to register with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NI_SCC). When you enrol as a Social Work student at Ulster, you will be asked to sign a declaration that you will comply with the NI_SCC Standards of Conduct for Social work students available at the following link NI_SCC Standards of Conduct for Social Work Students

As part of the registration process you will be asked to provide information so that NI_SCC can assess your suitability to train as a social worker. This is known as, ‘Fitness to Practice’. Each case is considered separately and on its own merit. Further information can be accessed at the following link:

Department of Health Incentive Scheme

Social work students currently benefit from an incentive scheme. This bursary is valued at £4000 per year with an additional £500 to assist students with the cost of studying. The scheme remains under review. Please see full details at:

Dept Health Social Work Student Incentive Scheme

Exemptions and transferability

As this is a professional course, all modules are compulsory.

Students who do not pass the Preparation for Practice Learning module may transfer to a related academic subject within the Faculty e.g. BSc Hons Health and Social Care Policy, BSc Sociology with Options.

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

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.

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

1 Available Session

*The fees quoted are per annum and are payable for each year of the course’s duration.


Application to this programme is made via UCAS and is not directly with SWC.


Session Code

2 Year(s)


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Interview Required


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Total Full Fee £4,630.00

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