BA (Hons) Social Work (Jersey)

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BA (Hons) Social Work (Jersey)

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone wishing to become a social worker and is part of the Government of Jersey’s commitment to improve the support for children, families, young people and vulnerable adults in our community. 

Successful completion of the full honours degree will make you eligible to apply to Social Work England to become a registered social worker.


What are the entry requirements for the course?

Applications are welcome from anyone aged over 18 years and typical offers are made to people with 120+ UCAS tariff points which equates to A,B,B, or B,B,B at A Level.  Please see the UCJ prospectus for further information in relation to equivalent qualifications.

The course is also open to ‘mature’ applicants (aged 21 years and over) who may not have the required UCAS tariff points but have relevant work, voluntary and/or lived experience.  Mature applicants may be advised to complete an Access to HE course if they have not studied for a considerable period of time in order to demonstrate that they have the potential to cope with the academic demands of a degree course.  Adults on income support will be classed as key workers and may retain their benefits whilst training.

All candidates need to provide satisfactory Enhanced DBS (Police) clearance and a health declaration by the start of the course.

It is a mandatory requirement that all applicants hold a GCSE in Mathematics and English Language at Grade C/4 or above (or an equivalent qualification) to study this course.  All successful applicants will be asked to provide original certificates from the Awarding Bodies at the point of enrolment to demonstrate that they hold these qualifications.  Anyone who is unable to provide this documentary evidence, will not be able to begin the programme. *Please note that Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy are NOT acceptable as equivalent qualifications to Mathematics and English Language GCSE at Grade C/4 or above but Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English Language are acceptable equivalent qualifications

All applicants will be required to show competence in basic IT skills and personal suitability to enter the social work profession, in line with guidance provided by Social Work England.

For international applicants, an IELTS qualification with a score of 7.0 overall must be achieved, including at least 6.5 in each component.  IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date.  The score must be valid at the start of the course.  Scores cannot be combined from more than one sitting of the test.  We can consider an IELTS test from any test centre.


How long is this course?

This course is currently only offered on a 3-years, full-time basis.


What will I study on this course?

You will study a range of academic and practice modules including:

Year 1 modules are:

  • Values, Ethics and Theories
  • Introduction to Professional Learning and Development (Part 1)
  • English Social Work Law
  • Introduction to Professional Learning and Development (Part 2)
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Contexts of Social Work


Year 2 modules are:

  • Social Work with Adults, their Families and Carers
  • Social Work with Children, Young People and Families
  • Research Methods
  • Practice Learning 1 (this includes a 70-days work placement)


Year 3 modules are:

  • Understanding Organisations, Management and Interprofessional Practice
  • Research-Minded Project
  • Practice Learning 2 (this includes a 100-days work placement)


What Qualification will I gain?

BA (Hons) Social Work (Jersey).


Will I go out on work experience?

Students will undertake shadowing of a qualified social worker in their first year and will reflect on this experience via assessed work and seminar discussions.  By the end of the first year, they will need to demonstrate readiness to undertake practice placements.

In Year 2 students complete a 70-days practice placement usually in the private, voluntary, or independent sector. 

In Year 3 students complete a 100-days practice placement usually in statutory services.


How is the course assessed?

The course will be assessed by a variety of methods including essays, reports, individual and group presentations, vivas and examinations.


What does this course lead on to?

As a Social Work graduate, opportunities exist for professional training or postgraduate study.  Graduate-level employment areas includes:

  • social work practice
  • public health and wellbeing services
  • healthcare
  • health promotion and management
  • research and policy
  • criminal justice


How much will it cost?

The fee for the course is £9,250*

*You may be eligible for financial support towards this course and should contact Student Finance to determine your eligibility towards funding.  They can be reached on 01534 449450 or


How can I find out more?

For more information, please contact Rose Parkes, Course Leader at or 01534 608768.


Extra Info?

Please Note : all applications for this course will be via our online admissions process, which will go live on Friday 31st January. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 28th Feburary 2020.


Supplementary Certificates taken in addition to the University of Sussex degree

In Year 1 you will be offered the opportunity to study a 30 credits Certificate in Jersey Social Work Law validated by the Jersey Institute of Law.  

In Year 2 an additional 30 credits Certificate in Social Work in the Jersey Criminal Justice System also validated by the Jersey Institute of Law will be made available to you.

In Year 3 it is currently planned that you will study a 30 credits Certificate in Managing Conflict in Social Work which will provide you with the chance to develop your skills and knowledge in this challenging area of practice.  This Certificate is currently subject to approval and validation


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