Social Work

BA single honours Social Work 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

Social work is an inspiring and challenging profession that provides opportunities to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and adults.

You will be taught by experienced academics from a diverse range of practice and research backgrounds. We have excellent relationships with practitioners who also teach on the course and provide high quality placements. Our teaching strategies include a high level of tutor/student contact time and individually designed skills development days.

You will explore areas including:

  • law and policy
  • safeguarding adults and children
  • understanding human development
  • critical thinking.

The teaching of social work is long established at Canterbury Christ Church with taught sessions taking place on the main campus, centrally located in the historic, bustling city of Canterbury which has easy access to public transport.

Members of the social work teaching team are research active, have experience in research, consultancy and publishing and they come from a diverse range of settings which ensures that theory is applied and integrated with the realities of social work practice.

The social work team has strong links with varied practice settings and local service user groups who play a significant part in enhancing learning, teaching and placement experience to support your future employability.

Placement experience is designed to give you an opportunity to interact and learn in diverse settings with qualified social workers and different professionals. Our Health and Social Care courses are subject to the approval of a relevant statutory regulatory body. This allows students to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course.

You will learn how to put social work into context through regular contact and engagement with service users and carers, as well as with practitioners from different settings and experiences.

The programme is currently pending Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approval. However, it will lead to a sound understanding of social work and graduates will become eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC as a social worker in England.  

To ensure our students experience the most current and relevant health and social care education, we are excited to be offering a newly designed programme of interprofessional education from September 2017. The new programme has been designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual.

Within the new design our aim is to give you the opportunity to embrace and capture their interprofessional placement experiences and use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities, such as role play, use of discussion boards and online simulated activities. These, and other activities, will support your learning and teaching, and their assessment.

The knowledge base of the social work course is organised around several themes: human growth and development, social policy and law, values and ethics, theories underpinning assessment and intervention and core knowledge relating to mental health, disability, substance misuse and safeguarding of children and adults.

“My experience with Canterbury Christ Church University was fantastic. I had a brilliant Personal Tutor who fully supported me through the three years especially the final year with personal issues. My advice to all students would be to make the most of your placements as it really does count when the time comes to look for employment.”

Student BA Social Work

Year 1

Year one aims to support your academic, professional development and transition into higher education. You will be introduced to the basics of social work knowledge, values, skills and theories, social policy, sociology for social workers and understanding human development with an opportunity to shadow a qualified social worker. This will help you to prepare you for your readiness for direct practice in your first practice placement in year two.

Year 2

In year two, you will further develop your academic, research mindedness, professional abilities, skills and you will learn about social work theories and interventions, law, ethics and policy for social work. You will undertake a 70 day placement in year two.

Year 3

Year three further builds and consolidates your learning in specialist areas of adults, mental health, children and families, which will be useful in preparing you for the final 100 day placement. You will be required to submit a social work dissertation and will be supported in identifying your research topic.

In both university sessions and in practice you will continue to learn more on safeguarding in social work and the challenges of working in social work organisations. This will enhance your research and critical reflection skills in order to prepare for the transition to being a qualified social worker. 

There are diverse employment opportunities for registered social workers. The generic nature of the course means graduates can pursue a career in a full range of settings, such as Social Services departments of local authorities, health and social care multi-professional teams and many services in the voluntary and independent sectors providing community, day care and residential services, with further opportunities in social enterprises.

There are also opportunities for you to pursue further post-qualifying qualifications and studies offered by the University.

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time  £9,250  £11,000**
Part-time  N/A  N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

The course consists of taught modules in the University, independent study, simulated skills activities and practice placements. Whilst in practice placements you will be supported and guided by experienced practice educators.

Academic input

The vast majority of the academic teaching team are experienced practitioners registered with a relevant professional and/or statutory regulatory body. As social work educators, they are responsible for facilitating the development of your knowledge and skills in relation to the professional aspects of the course. Some have extensive experience in publishing, research in different areas and service user groups. Their previous roles in practice range from social workers to senior practitioners, team managers and independent social work practitioners.

A number of the teaching team have senior lecturer or principal lecturer status and some additionally carry the title of Dr. through completion of research in their specialist subject. Some staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. 

Surprising terms

In accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency the University must ensure that you have met its standards of proficiencies by the end of your course and have the skills, knowledge, good character and health to do your job safely and effectively. 

You will need to complete a suitability form for each year of study. This includes information concerning any criminal offences, statement of health and information relating to issues of safeguarding which may arise in connection with past history and address. Any disciplinary issues relating to conduct at work need to be disclosed within this form.

Relevant information concerning health, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and suitability aspects are shared with placement providers in order for them to decide on offer of a placement.

The University has Fitness to Practice processes to consider students who may present issues relating to suitability at the beginning of the course and during their time on the course. These processes can result in a student being withdrawn from the course and details passed to the Health and Care Professions Council.

Honesty is a core requirement for all professional courses and academic breaches such as significant or repeated plagiarism can give rise to Fitness to Practice processes. Students are therefore guided by the Health and Care Professions Council Guidance on conduct and ethics for students throughout the course.

Owing to the varied nature of placements, there may be a need for you to travel to and from placements within Kent and/or Medway and, in some cases, outside of the county.

A capped number of non-means tested Government’s Department of Health bursaries are currently available in years two and three. The availability of bursaries are subject to an ongoing review by the Government’s Department of Health, and the terms and availability may be subject to change. For the latest information visit

You will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include written assignments, exams, group and individual presentations and skills assessments.

You will be assessed in your practice placements, for example, through observation, discussion, reflective writing, written work and feedback from service users and practitioners and will be required to complete a practice portfolio of learning.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C, or above, or an acceptable equivalent, are also required.

In line with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards of proficiency, the University will need to ensure that ‘all entrants have met the proficiencies and the capabilities by the end of their training and have the skills, knowledge, good character and health to do their job safely and effectively’.

Applicants are encouraged to seek opportunities to gain pre-application experience in a social care or appropriate healthcare setting. Canterbury Christ Church University will select students through a process established with representatives of employers and service users associated with the programme and suitable applicants will be invited for an individual and/or group interview.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Our facilities include areas where role plays can take place and be filmed to enhance learning and skills development.

We work with Kent County Council and Medway Council and, as stakeholders, they offer practice placements for our students. We also have links with the voluntary, health and independent sectors to develop placement opportunities and contribute to teaching on the course.

Fact file

UCAS code

  • L500

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2018 (Canterbury)

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C, or above, or an acceptable equivalent.

    A typical offer would be BBC at A2 Level, or equivalent

    More entry requirement details.



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