The entry requirement is an upper second-class (2.1) honours degree classification or higher and a minimum of 3 months or 60 days related social care experience (related personal experience will be considered but only alongside practice-based experience). Equivalence is reviewed for international students. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification may be considered, on a case-by-case basis, if they have further related postgraduate study. We also require GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or certificated equivalent level two numeracy and literacy qualification.
If your qualifications differ from those listed here, please contact the central Admissions team for guidance.
Applicants must confirm prior to interview/offer decision making that they have the ability to use basic IT facilities, including word processing, internet browsing and the use of mail, and be asked to specify how these skills have been obtained.
Please note that work experience is not considered in lieu of meeting the academic entry requirements. You will be required to meet the practice element in addition to meeting the academic criteria.
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- Applicants must show, in the appropriate section of the application form, that they meet or intend to meet, all of the academic criteria.
- Their ability to meet the academic criteria should be confirmed in their academic reference.
- In addition to this, applicants must provide details, within their personal statement, of their related personal or social care experience and the influence this has had on their commitment to and understanding of, social work. A subsequent practice reference will be required if an offer is made.
- Their personal statement should also provide evidence of their ability to write in a clear, coherent and accessible style.
- Shortlisted applicants may be required to read a short academic text and complete a written exam on their understanding of general issues related to social work.
- Applicants completing this test may then be invited back for an interview. In some instances some applicants will attend the interview before the written exam.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Delcaration of Suitability for Social Work form before registration on the programme.
- Where an applicant has disclosed a criminal offence, they will be asked to provide further details on this offence in a letter to the department.
- A satisfactory social care practice reference will also be required.
- All students will be required to sign the Fitness to Practise Code of Conduct on entry.
- Please note that work experience is not considered in lieu of meeting the academic entry requirements. You will be required to meet the practice element in addition to meeting the academic criteria.
- Although all modules on our social work programmes are compulsory, the university APL policy allows us to give credit for learning that has been asssessed and certificated by another HEI. Any applicants wishing to apply for entry to years 2 or 3 of the BA programme, or year 2 of the MA programme, can note this on their UCAS form. Any potential applicants are invited to contact the admissions tutor to discuss their situation in further detail, as each is considered on a case by case basis.
Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) documents
Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the:
We have been welcoming international students at the University of Birmingham since its inception in 1900 and now boast one of the largest and most vibrant international student communities in the UK. Listen to what some of our international students in the School say about studying at Birmingham.
We accept a range of qualifications - our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways: