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BA (Hons) in Social Work England

Disabled woman with carer

Study at The Open University

If you are new to studying with The Open University, useful information is available on our What it's like to study page.

The OU offers a work-based route to the BA (Hons) degree in social work. Successful graduates are eligible to apply to register with the regulatory body for social work in England, the Health and Care Professions Council. If accepted onto the register you’ll be able to practice as a qualified social worker.

This programme is available only to staff who are working in social care agencies and are supported by their employer, including students employed on traineeship contracts. If you don't work in social care currently, you will need to consider other options which may include studying for a Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care for which you don’t need to be sponsored.

Find out more

Opening Doors (pdf)

STOP PRESS Opening Doors supplementary information (pdf)

Social work prospectus 2017/18 (download the pdf, or request a printed copy using the link on the right)

Funding options (pdf) – ways to pay for your study

Social Work contacts in England (pdf)

What's it like to be a social worker?

Spend a day in the life of a social worker and hear from service users and carers.

Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF)

PCF entry level capabilities

What will I study?

Find out what you’ll study on the degree programme

OU Selection Days

Please refer to the section 'Forms' for detials of our forthcoming Selection Days.

Selection day information (pdf)

Sample written test (pdf)

David Jennings

The Open University changed my life

“It’s easy to sum up the value of my Open University degree – I wouldn’t be in my post without it. In that respect the OU changed my life!"

David Jennings, Operations manager for the Over 18s Support Intervention Team at Brighton & Hove City Council

One of the benefits of the OU programme is that it offers a degree of flexibility to both employees and employers not available through more traditional academic institutions. This benefits both by providing the opportunity for adult learners to continue working while studying. The training material is always well thought out and presented and the support from tutors complement this. Personally, I have always found the advice of the regional office to be friendly, helpful and informative with a genuine willingness to work in partnership with our organisation; being responsive to suggestions for changes and seeking solutions to any difficulties.

Susie McLagan, Social Work Qualifying Lead Development Officer, Shropshire Council