Department of Social Work and Social Care

Undergraduate study

Social work at Sussex is currently ranked 7th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2020.

90% of Social Work and Social Care undergraduates are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 2017).

Social Work is a challenging profession that draws on both academic and practice-based learning to enable practitioners to work in a meaningful way with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our society.

There is a great demand, both locally and nationally, for well-qualified social workers who are able to practise in a reflective and informed manner. 

The School has an impressive employment record with a high proportion of graduates entering graduate-level employment in a related field within six months of graduation. 

Our commitment to high-quality teaching and pedagogic innovation is evidenced through league table successes with our Department of Social Work and Social Care, and the number of academic faculty holding local and national teaching awards.

The School of Education and Social Work has excellent partnerships with local employers. Find out about placement opportunities on the Social Work BA.

Find out about the Social Work BA. The course leader is Dr Tam Cane.

Our sister Department, the Department of Education, offers a course that might also be of interest to social work students. See details of the Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA. The course leader is Dr Rachel Burr.

Browse our undergraduate courses or contact Social Work Admissions:
+44 (0)1273 872595

The School of Education and Social Work prides itself on its academic staff's expertise in the study of childhood and youth in both the Department of Education and the Department of Social Work and Social Care.

We welcome applications for our multidisciplinary BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice course from candidates who are keen to pursue a broad, challenging and rewarding degree. Local and international students are welcomed, the participatory nature of both courses providing opportunities to share and develop interests in working with children and young people in a broad range of environments and contents. Both degrees prepare graduates for a diverse range of careers, or for further study.

Watch the following video to hear a student’s experience of the placement opportunities on the BA in Childhood and Youth: Theory and practice. 

For further details, download the course leaflet, or contact:

Admissions Coordinator 
+44 (0)1273 678447