London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The Social Work programme at LSBU is inter'professional, collaborative and participatory. We aim to produce reflective social work practitioners who are ready to practice in the rapidly changing and developing world of social work. Our location in Southwark offers unbeatable opportunities to learn and develop social work skills in inner London. We actively promote service user and carer involvement throughout our course, and were commended for this aspect of our work in our last very successful validation. We are very proud of our student group and of our graduates, and positively welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups. The course team will work closely with you to foster your development into social workers able to operate within complex multi'disciplinary settings and work with a range of different individuals and groups. Standards are very high, the course is challenging, and students value the opportunity to develop into excellent practitioners.

Course Modules

Year 1: communication skills for social work; readiness for direct practice; human growth and development; sociology for social work; value and ethics in social work; social problems and social policy; social work theories. Year 2: social work methods; welfare, policy and the law in social work practice; advocacy, partnership and participation; practice learning opportunity 1. Year 3: social work research project; contemporary issues in social work; professional practice; practice learning opportunity 2.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Tariff 120-128
  • International Baccalaureate 26
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • CRB check required
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • OCR National Certificate (6 Units)
  • OCR National Diploma (12 Units)
  • OCR National Extended Diploma (18 Units) M1
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Certificate
  • BTEC Scottish Higher National Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate

Key Course Information

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55% Go on to work and/or study

In work 45
Studying 5
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 30
Unknown 15

17% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 17%

Total Coursework: 64%

Total Practical: 19%

£4,480 - £5,226
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,940 - £6,396
Typical cost of private accommodation