Before undertaking direct practice with service users in a practice learning setting, you must undertake 20 days of assessed practice learning through which you must demonstrate that you have the interpersonal skills and values required to be suitable and safe to work with individuals that receive social work/social care services. Study will focus on core values and skills as well as broader social, cultural and institutional processes that frame the role and task of social work.
Year Two & Three:
You will spend 180 days in assessed practice learning settings (80 days year 2 and 100 days year 3).
This will involve a minimum of two practice settings. This will provide you with a range of learning opportunities to demonstrate competence in relation to National Occupational Standards for Social Work and the Care Council for Wales' Code of Professional Practice (2015).
There will be a focus on disadvantage, oppression and deprivation; leading to an emphasis on social work intervention and the contexts within which social work is practised.
In year two there will be a focus upon the application of social work knowledge, skills and values including research findings in their practice and academically assessed work, with an emphasis upon students demonstrating their development of critical, analytical and reflective practice.
Year three subsequently offers the opportunity for students to build on the knowledge, skills and values attained in year two, with students demonstrating professional judgement, intervention and critical reflection across both their practise and within academically assessed work.
Learning & Teaching
A substantial part of the course is spent in practice settings within agencies in South Wales; therefore the ability to undertake travelling to and within practice agencies will be advantageous.
Whilst on the Social Work degree students are required to demonstrate that they are able to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) methods and techniques to support their learning and practice.
All students that enrol on the BSc (Hons) Social Work are assigned a personal tutor that will provide both group and individual tutorial support. Students are placed within Local Authority ‘Host agency’ groups for the duration of their studies, and subsequently have the opportunity to build and sustain professional working relationships with peers and professionals within their host Local Authority.
Assessment of individual areas of study will include a combination of different approaches: through practice learning, simulation exercises, essays and assignments, reports, individual and poster presentations, group presentations and examinations. In addition, portfolios will have to be produced linked to practice learning, which include observations of practice and reflective accounts based on the observations.
Employability & Careers
Graduates will be able to access a wide range of employment opportunities within social work in statutory, independent and third sector employment. Graduates are able to work with a range of individuals that use social work and social care services and address complex social issues.
Graduates will also be required to pursue Continued Professional Education and Learning within their Social Work career, or a postgraduate qualification, for example in teaching in further/higher education or a Masters or Doctorate in Social Work. There are also other graduate opportunities outside Social work.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our
Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.
Applicants should hold GCSE English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Mathematics at grade C or above (or grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England). Equivalent qualifications considered are Essential Skills Level Two in Communication and Application of Number, or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of these. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an ability to study at higher education, normally through a recognised qualification:
- 96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as a third subject
- QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit
- 96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
- A relevant NVQ Level 3 or 4 in a social work/social care related subject area
- 96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma, English and Maths related credits covered within the Access will not be accepted as GCSE equivalent
- 96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 X H2 subjects
- Other recognised qualification that provides evidence of ability to study at Higher Education Level
If you are studying combinations of the above or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.
Applicants are also expected to hold a minimum of twelve (minimum 420hrs) weeks, supervised (paid or unpaid) work experience in a social care setting. This requirement will have to be demonstrated on your UCAS application form and be completed by the time you attend an interview.
Further information on appropriate qualifications can be found at: www.qca.org.uk.
Entry onto this course is also subject to a satisfactory disclosure barring service check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/dbs.
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application where suitability is assessed based on your match to the entry requirements. All short listed applicants will be invited to an interview day. Applicant’s supported/sponsored by Local Authority Social Services Departments in the South Wales region should apply directly through your own Training Departments who will subsequently initiate the selection process.
You will be required to undertake a written test under examination conditions. The written test is based around a current issue/case study within social work, and the test lasts for 45 minutes. You will be expected to answer questions on the written task.
This process is to enable you to demonstrate the potential to work with people in need and show you have the appropriate personal qualities, skills and values to be a social worker.
Following the written test you will undergo an individual interview. The interviews are undertaken by academic members of staff from both Cardiff Metropolitan University and Bridgend College, alongside social work practitioners and individuals that use social work and social care services that are involved with the Programme.
You will then be notified through the UCAS tracking system if you are to be offered a place on the course and you will be required to formally accept the offer in writing through UCAS.
All offers made are conditional, in that all successful applicants will have to satisfy Disclosure and Barring requirements, health checks and meet the requirements of registration with the Care Council for Wales. Further information can be found at
If you are successful and offered a place, you will receive written instruction about starting on the course and the DBS/registration conditions that they need to meet prior to commencement of the course.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at