Social Work & Social Care

social work student

The University of South Wales offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the areas of Social Work and Social Care.

Social Work

Social Work is a very rewarding and challenging career. It involves working in a range of settings including child and family, disability, older age, youth justice, drugs and alcohol misuse and issues affecting carers.

Often poverty, lack of opportunity and injustice affect the lives of those engaged with the social worker. Sometimes there are issues of protection and care involved. Working with other professionals is central to good practice in social work and ensures that services, users and carers receive the best service possible.

During your studies you will develop the necessary knowledge and skills relevant to the profession of social work. You will be guided by the values and ethics of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers. In addition, to developing a theoretical understanding you will put this theory into practice through assessed Practice Learning Opportunities enabling you to be fully prepared and confident for your future career.

Our undergraduate BA / BSc (Hons) Social Work courses will give you the professional qualification to start your practice in Great Britain and beyond in any of the above settings. On completion, you will be eligible to register with the Care Council for Wales (or the Health and Care Professions Council for England).

After qualification there are excellent career prospects. The majority of social workers are employed by local authority social services departments although there are opportunities to work in the private, independent and voluntary sectors too.


health and social care student

Health and Social Care

A career in Health and Social Care is a demanding but rewarding choice. This degree is a gateway to a variety of roles and responsibilities in the health and social care sectors, from working with individuals to managing people.

The programme focuses on a multi-agency approach encompassing agencies such as social services, probation service, NHS, and the private sector. You will therefore benefit from placements in a wide range of settings enabling you to work with a variety of people and multi-agency environments. Our students also benefit from being taught by research-active staff who have strong partnerships with the health and social care sector.