It is very important that you provide all the relevant information on your UCAS application as we will review your submission and decide whether to progress your application or reject it at this stage.
While further details of the entry requirements are on the BSc (Hons) Social Work webpage, there are some general points that you should also consider:
The personal statement is a key aspect of the selection process; it gives you the opportunity to explain to us why you want to study social work, what has inspired you to be a Social Worker, and to demonstrate the skills and attributes you have which you feel are applicable to this field. The personal statement needs to be personal, and, while we would recommend that you take advice where necessary and have your statement proof read by someone else, it must be written by you. Since you are applying for a professional course you should focus on your decision to become a social worker and apply the transferable skills you posses.
Experience of 420 hours in a supervised social care setting is essential. This refers to anywhere that service users of a social service attend (including a voluntary service).
Typically we are looking for work with:
All of these fields, even if in voluntary sector, would need staff to be ‘supervised’ and trained to some level, because of the vulnerability of the client groups. We are therefore looking for you to show experience of service users and some understanding of the context of social work.
If you are re-applying because you have previously been unsuccessful we accept that the basis of your personal statement will remain the same, however, we do expect to see updated information on your experience and/or any qualifications gained since your previous application.
The decision to invite to interview, once your qualifications have been reviewed, is based on your personal statement, so this is your opportunity to introduce yourself to us, demonstrate you have the attributes we are looking for, and convince us that we should meet you in person. This is also where you need to clearly state that you have met the aforementioned 420 hours work experience in a supervised social care setting. If your referee is your current manager, they should verify this in their reference.
If you are invited to an interview, we will use some of the information in your personal statement as a basis for a number of our questions. You should therefore ensure you have re-read this before your interview.
The University’s Enquiries & Admissions Team manages all undergraduate applications. Your application is assessed against the course entry criteria stated on the website and is checked to ensure that you meet them. You should also consider the following:
Your application will be rejected if:
Once your application has been assessed by the Enquiries & Admissions Team, providing it meets the initial criteria as stated above, it will be forwarded to the Admissions Team within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education for further consideration.
At this point your personal statement is analysed to determine whether you will be invited to interview or not.
Given the large number of applications we receive for the above courses, you may encounter a delay in receiving a response to your application, however, we endeavour to complete the selection process and inform the majority of applicants on the outcome of their application by the end of March.
The majority of decisions will be made by the end of March and all decisions will be communicated via UCAS. The University is unable to enter into correspondence regarding decisions with applicants directly.
All applications received on or before 15th January are considered equally, however, due to the volume of applications received, and to ensure that all applications are given equal consideration, you may attend an interview in January but may not receive your decision until March.
If your application is successful and you are made an offer you will need to accept this (Firm or Insurance) through UCAS once you have received responses from all of the institutions to which you have applied. If you do not do this by the UCAS deadline given on your Track page your application will be declined by default and you are likely to lose your place.