Social Work

BA (Hons)

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023 / September 2024

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


Headington (Marston Road site)


Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


If you’re interested in becoming a social worker, our Social Work BA leads to the qualification you need. As a graduate you can apply for social work registration in England with Social Work England.

Our degree consistently delivers high quality social work education. We have been approved by and teach to Social Work England (SWE) Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers in England, and the British Association of Social Workers’ (BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

Your practice-based learning includes two work placements. You’ll work with your practice educator to develop your capabilities as part of the PCF.

Our lecturing staff base their teaching on evidence-based practice, promoting the most current social work research.

You can study full-time over three years. Or choose part-time or mixed-mode study.

We have links with Local Authority employers, local private voluntary and independent sector organisations. So it’s likely you will secure a job before qualifying.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: Grade 4 (C) in English and Maths. For English and Maths, Level 2 Functional Skills are accepted as alternatives to GCSEs.

Relevant experience (e.g. paid or voluntary work with vulnerable people) or a suitable indication of your interest in, and understanding of, the social work profession.

Entry to the course through the accreditation by Oxford Brookes University of prior certificated learning will be considered.

We welcome applications from people who already have a degree in another subject. Alternatively, you may be eligible for study at MA or PGDip level.

We also welcome applications from individuals sponsored or supported by their employer.