Social Work BA (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
BBB
Contextual A-level offer:
BBC-BCC
UCAS code:
L500
Start date:
September 2024

How do you tell a child the reason they’ve been removed from their family without causing more trauma? How do you support a couple living with HIV to adopt or foster? Would you like to develop the skills to support older people who face barriers accessing services?

Social Work at Sussex combines theory with practical experience. This enables you to improve the quality of people’s lives and make a difference to families, individuals and communities. Our teaching methods draw on our research expertise and cutting-edge knowledge. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the realities and complexity of practice in a supportive and caring environment.

As a core part of your qualification, you’ll undertake practice learning placements. You’ll benefit from the partnerships we’ve developed over years of collaboration with local organisations. You’ll be trained to uphold high-quality professional standards and develop emerging professional leadership skills. 

The BA in Social Work is a generic social work qualification. This means you’ll gain knowledge in a wide range of areas, ready to work in practice contexts that support, among others:

  • vulnerable children, young people and families
  • adults and older people
  • people experiencing mental health, disability, substance use or homelessness challenges
  • asylum seekers and refugees.

When you graduate, you’ll have the skills to work with other professionals and agencies such as the police, schools, healthcare providers, probation services, care home facilities and community centres.

Accreditation

  • Approved by Social Work England (SWE) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with SWE as a social worker in England. Find out more

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to government or regulatory requirements, or unanticipated staff changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

There is so much support and encouragement from tutors – this course has changed my life.”Denise Plumstead
Social Work BA

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Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

BBB

Contextual offer

BBC-BCC

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass Diploma with at least 39 level 3 credits at Merit or above including 21 credits at Distinction

Subjects

The Access course should be in the humanities or social sciences.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

 

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes)

Typical offer

M2 M2 M2

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect you to have grade B at A-level and, M2 and M2 in two Pre-Us. 

If you have two A-levels and a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would normally expect you to have grades BB at A-level and M2 in Pre-U.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

You will need to demonstrate evidence of suitable ability in both Mathematics and English, basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession, in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

GCSEs

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Additional requirements

You will need to demonstrate evidence of suitable ability in both Mathematics and English, basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession, in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

 

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education ( Early Years Educator)

Typical offer

Grade A

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level

Typical offer

Grade B in A-level and Distinction, Merit in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

Contextual offer

Grade B in A-level and Distinction, Merit (or Merit, Merit) in Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

Grades BB in A-levels and Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

Contextual offer

Grades BC in A-levels and Distinction (or Merit) in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDM

Contextual offer

DMM

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma should be in Health and Social Care.

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

 

 

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

ABBBB  

GCSEs

You will need Scottish National 5 in Mathematics and English at grade C

Additional requirements

You will need to demonstrate evidence of suitable ability in both Mathematics and English, basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession, in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

T Level

Typical offer

Pass T-Level with an overall grade of Distinction including grade B in the Core Component

 

Contextual offer

Merit overall with a grade B in Core Component

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade 4 (or grade C). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

BBB from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

GCSEs

You must have GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics and English, both with at least grade C (grade 4). We also accept Level 2 Functional skills in English and Mathematics.

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs A*-C (9-4), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Additional requirements

You will need to show evidence of basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

GCSEs

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Additional requirements

You will need to demonstrate evidence of suitable ability in both Mathematics and English, basic IT competence and your personal suitability to enter the social work profession, in line with national guidance provided by the relevant professional body and regulator.

 

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 75%

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 5 or better.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses.

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation BBBBB from 5 grade 12 courses.

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

If you have the Goakao, we will consider applications for direct entry to first year. You would normally need an overall average of 75%, including required subjects.

We are also pleased to consider applications if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year or you have one or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution.

The Senior High School Graduation alone would not be sufficient for entry to our undergraduate degrees, but you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of 4.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of 18 /20.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or Studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Pass Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result of at least MMMM

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with overall final result of at least 12/20.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.2 or better.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 4,4,4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average of at least 55544.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

75% - 80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)
80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
80% HSC higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Additional requirements

You must have at least O4 in Mathematics and English

Israel

Typical offer

For first year entry at least 80% (or 8/10) in at least 6 subjects, including one 5 unit subject, in one sitting of the Bagrut.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 78/100.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Typical offer

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Pass the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires with 43 points overall.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of BBB, Matriculation with a least a grade of 3 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (75%).

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of 4.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC). You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects in the 75th percentile.

 

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of 16/20.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.0.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Typical offer

Applicants who have good grades in the Attestat o Srednem Obrazovami (Certificate of Secondary Education) and who have successfully completed the first year of a Russian University degree, with a minimum GPA of 4.0, will be considered for admission to the first year of our bachelor’s degree courses.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Pass Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Maturita)  with an average grade of 2.0 from 4 subjects

 

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 7.5

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and/or ACT grades  We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see three good AP scores.

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of between 5,4,4 to 4,4,4 in three subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

 

 

Additional requirements

You must also have GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Mathematics with at least grade 4 in each (or grade C).

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing. 

Check your TOEFL qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Disclosure and barring service check

Yes. All candidates offered a place on the course will be required to satisfactorily complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, including a check of all cautions and warnings as well as convictions, before their place on the course is confirmed. International students will additionally be required to obtain a recent criminal record certificate from their home country. A list of admissible certificates can be found on the UK Government website: Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

Health check requiredYes
Interview

Yes. Find out more about preparing for a Social Work university interview.

Specific application procedures

Yes. Find out more about specific entry procedures for this course.

Transfers into Year 2

No

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

Modules

This is a single-honours course, allowing you to focus in depth on your core subject.

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    Autumn teaching
    Spring and summer teaching

    Practice learning

    There is currently a minimum of 200 days of learning practice:

    • 170 days will be as part of a placement (70 days in Year 2 and 100 days in Year 3)
    • 30 days will be practice skills workshops (across all your years of study).

    In the workshops, you’ll be taught by qualified Social Work practitioners who work locally and teach on topics related to their area of specialism. You’ll:

    • get to apply what you’ve learned to your practice
    • have the opportunity to reflect on your approaches and experiences in a supportive environment.
    We plan our workshops in partnership with local employers, service users and carers. This ensures that what you learn helps you progress through your studies and into your first job in adults’ and children’s services social work.
     

    Find out more about placements and practice learning at Sussex

    We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

    We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

    Check back in January 2024 for the modules running in the academic year 2024/25.

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

      All year
      Autumn teaching

      Practice learning

      There is currently a minimum of 200 days of learning practice:

      • 170 days will be as part of a placement (70 days in Year 2 and 100 days in Year 3)
      • 30 days will be practice skills workshops (across all your years of study).

      In the workshops, you’ll be taught by qualified Social Work practitioners who work locally and teach on topics related to their area of specialism. You’ll:

      • get to apply what you’ve learned to your practice
      • have the opportunity to reflect on your approaches and experiences in a supportive environment.
      We plan our workshops in partnership with local employers, service users and carers. This ensures that what you learn helps you progress through your studies and into your first job in adults’ and children’s services social work.
       

      Find out more about placements and practice learning at Sussex

      We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

      We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

      Check back in January 2024 for the modules running in the academic year 2024/25.

      Study abroad (optional)

      Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

      If your application to study abroad is successful, you’ll have to meet the academic requirements at Sussex and also at the partner university. Find out more about studying abroad as a Sussex student

      Practice learning

      There is currently a minimum of 200 days of learning practice:

      • 170 days will be as part of a placement (70 days in Year 2 and 100 days in Year 3)
      • 30 days will be practice skills workshops (across all your years of study).

      In the workshops, you’ll be taught by qualified Social Work practitioners who work locally and teach on topics related to their area of specialism. You’ll:

      • get to apply what you’ve learned to your practice
      • have the opportunity to reflect on your approaches and experiences in a supportive environment.
      We plan our workshops in partnership with local employers, service users and carers. This ensures that what you learn helps you progress through your studies and into your first job in adults’ and children’s services social work.
       

      Find out more about placements and practice learning at Sussex

      Support from the Department, talks from service users and placement experiences have fully prepared me for my current job.”Apryl Golding
      Social Worker, Brighton & Hove Council 

      Please note that if you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of your course with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA if the number of credits for the placement/internship exceeds 25% of the total credits for your course. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

      Core modules

      Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

        All year
        Autumn and spring teaching

        Practice learning

        There is currently a minimum of 200 days of learning practice:

        • 170 days will be as part of a placement (70 days in Year 2 and 100 days in Year 3)
        • 30 days will be practice skills workshops (across all your years of study).

        In the workshops, you’ll be taught by qualified Social Work practitioners who work locally and teach on topics related to their area of specialism. You’ll:

        • get to apply what you’ve learned to your practice
        • have the opportunity to reflect on your approaches and experiences in a supportive environment.
        We plan our workshops in partnership with local employers, service users and carers. This ensures that what you learn helps you progress through your studies and into your first job in adults’ and children’s services social work.
         

        Find out more about placements and practice learning at Sussex

        We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

        We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

        Check back in January 2024 for the modules running in the academic year 2024/25.

        Our staff

        My own research focuses on the history of social work and social workers, and I share all of my research with my students in my teaching.”Dr Russell Whiting
        Lecturer in Social Work and Social Care

        Learning environment – Dr Russell Whiting, Social Work BA

        Fees

        Home students:
        £9,250 per year
        Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
        £9,250 per year
        International students:
        £25,000 per year
        Study abroad:
        Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad
        Placement:
        Find out about tuition fees for placements

        Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis. Find details on our tuition fees page.

        Additional costs

        Note about additional costs

        Please note that all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Activities may be subject to unavoidable change in response to Government advice. We’ll let you know at the earliest opportunity. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out how to budget for student life.

        DBS check

        The University subsidises the mandatory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), with no cost to the student.

        Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

        Find out about our terms and conditions

        Scholarships

        Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2024/25.

        Careers

        Supporting people to make significant life choices as well as promoting human rights, wellbeing and social change is a special position to be in. The role of a social worker is varied and rewarding.

        During your course, you’ll be taught by:

        • social work academics with specialist research interests and practice expertise
        • experienced social work practitioners
        • members of our experts by experience network.

        This enables you to gain knowledge and skills that will make you highly employable.

        Graduate destinations

        There continues to be a demand for social workers locally and nationally. Some of our Social Work graduates have even gone on to work in Canada, the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

        Recent Social Work graduates who completed placements in children and family settings have started jobs in:

        • child protection teams
        • adoption and fostering teams
        • youth offending services
        • disability services.

        Recent Social Work graduates who completed placements in adults settings have started jobs in:

        • hospital social work
        • mental health social work
        • drugs and alcohol social work.

        (Department of Social Work and Social Care careers database)

        Find out more about a career in social work at BBC Bitesize: How to become a social worker: Omar’s story

        Working while you study

        Our Careers and Entrepreneurship team can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

        I enjoyed the teaching and research-based lectures. I’ve really taken my learning from university into my current practice.”OLIVER TOBUTT
        Social Worker, Duty and Assessment Team, East Sussex County Council

        Graduate prospects – Dr Russell Whiting, Social Work BA

        You will be required to have a satisfactory Health Check.

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