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Professinal Education fo Social Work, recognised by Northern Irealand Social Care Council.


Study Social Work (5 year part-time course) at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

The degree in Social Work was introduced in 2004 to meet the requirements of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, which, along with other Councils, agreed that all social work training would be offered at Honours degree level. One of the main features is the introduction of a pre-registration year. This means that when you complete the degree, you will then have to successfully undertake an assessed year in employment before being eligible for full registration as a Social Worker with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

Important Note

Please note that this course, 6484 BSc (Hons) Social Work PT-Magee is currnetly under review and may not proceed in September 2016, subject to the outcome of this review.

The programme is for those who intend to work as professional social workers, and includes a substantial element of practice learning. You will undertake two contrasting practice placements - one of 85 days duration in year 3, and one of 100 days duration in year 5. The programme is recognised by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council for purposes of registration as a social worker.

Although the programme includes underpinning learning in the social sciences, such as social policy, psychology, sociology and law, the focus of the programme is on the development of skills, values and knowledge required for practice. You must successfully complete a preparation for practice module prior to undertaking supervised practice learning on placement.

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About this course

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Important Note

Please note that this course, 6484 BSc (Hons) Social Work PT-Magee is currnetly under review and may not proceed in September 2016, subject to the outcome of this review..

The part-time pathway will be delivered over 5 years. It has the same content and standing as the full-time 3 year programme, and students will normally attend class with the full-time undergraduate students. During the teaching semesters and placements, students will be expected to be present for between 1-3 days per week. There are different demands depending on the particular year of the course, so students will need to carefully plan ahead in terms of organising their time. Prospective students should note that days for attendance may vary.


Part-time over 5 years. Exact days of attendance vary from Semester to Semester, ranging from 1 - 3 days.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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A level

The A Level requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points (to include grades BB).


Overall BTEC award profile DDM (to include 9 distinctions).

Irish Leaving Certificate

Overall Irish Leaving Certificate profile 300 UCAS tariff points (to include grades BBBBB). English and Maths may be at Ordinary Level Grade C or higher.

Scottish Highers

The Scottish Highers requirement for this course is 300 UCAS tariff points (to include grades AABCC).

Scottish Advanced Highers

The Scottish Advanced Highers requirement for this course is BBB.

International Baccalaureate

Overall International Baccalaureate profile minimum of 25 points (13 of which must be at higher level).

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall Access profile 70%.


You must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass in English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Please note that we do not accept Essential Skills Application of Number as equivalent to GCSE Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Apart from academic qualifications (see below), the part-time pathway also requires:

A minimum of 3 years sustained paid or voluntary work experience in social care or a related field (education, health, community or youth work) within the last 5 year period (sustained work experience should normally constitute the equivalent of at least 36 hours experience per month)

Applicants who are claiming social care experience based on their caring responsibilities must be involved in caring for:

Their child who is under the age of 18 and has a disability, or,

An adult to whom they are married or are in (civil) partnership with, or,

Other adult relatives (including those related by adoption) or,

Adults living at the same address

The care provided must be regular and sustained and applicants should outline how their caring fits these terms (evidenced by receipt of carers' allowance or a letter from a designated authority such as GP, Care Manager, etc.).

Applicants should note that, as they will be engaged in ‘regulated activity’ involving children or vulnerable adults as part of their course, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI or other relevant authority. More information on Enhanced Disclosures may be accessed at (for NI) or (for GB).

Successful applicants to this course will have to be registered with the Northern Irealnd Social Care Council as a Student Social Worker.

Additionally, please note that our post application-form selection and recruitment processes are under review.

Teaching and learning assessment

Students engage in a ariety of learning and teaching strategies, including;

  • student-focussed approaches which encourage actie pwrticipation
  • staged, progressive learning throughout the degree, gradually assisting students in understanding and intergrating the complexitries of the social work role
  • independent learning
  • lectures. role plays,indiidual and group case presentations, small group learning, simulations, Video assisted skils learning, seminars
  • Serice user/carer teaching
  • use of IT systems for accessing data, literature, etc;
  • online studies guidance

Most assessment assessmets take the form of written assignments, but a wide range fo aother methods is also usede, including;

  • Oral presnetations
  • poster presentations
  • caes studeis
  • reflectie reports
  • recorded skills role play
  • student projects
  • direct observation of practice, during placements and during skills practice in class

Exemptions and transferability

As this is a professional course, all modules are compulsory.

Students who do not pass the Preparation for Practice Learning module may transfer to a related academic subject within the Faculty e.g. BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care Policy, BSc Sociology with Options.

Stuednts who are unble to successfully complete the entire course may be awarded, dpending on their academic progress, either a Certificate in Highre Education, or an Associate Bachelor's Degree.

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

A social work career can lead to jobs in a wide range of areas, such as;

  • family and childcare
  • physical disability and learning disability
  • drug and alcohol abuse
  • mental health
  • homelessness
  • older people

Some social workers follow careers in the criminal justice system, education welfare or in adoption and fostering

Work placement / study abroad

There are two Practice Learning Opportunities (Placements). The frist is undertaken for the duration of year 3, consisting of the part-time equialent of 85 days; the second is undertaken for the duration of year five, cosisting of the part-time equivalent of 100 days.

Placemnets can take place anywhere in Nortern Irealnd.

Pleae note that should either of your placements take place in certain clinical settings, then you will be required to undertake, and pay for, an Occupational Health Assessment.

Professional recognition

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

Accredited by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC).

Academic profile

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council c recognises that Ulster University in partnership with Further Education Colleges) continues to provide social work eductaion to a high stsndard. This has been confirmed by their approval of our proposalds for revalidation of our social work courses in March 2015.

Ulster is in the top 30 in a range fo leages tables outlining quality provision in social work education and training throughout the UK.

Course design fosters the integration of theory and practice and the application of learning into practice. Thsi is achieced by involving practitioners abd service users/carers in course design and teaching.Additionaly, skills development is continued by the practice teacher during practice learning placements).

Spocia Work staff continue to engage in high quality research and scholarship, and have achieved or are working towards, relevant Higher Level teaching arards and.qualifications.


Please apply at by 15 January.

Once your application is received at Ulster, it will be screened for short-listing. The first stage of this process is whereby applicants will be asked to complete a 600 personal statement on a given topic. You must clearly outline any relevant experience and knowledge you have of social work, express your motivations for applying to the course and your general interest in the field.

Successful applicants from stage one will be invited to attend for interview. The interview panel will comprise of a member of academic staff plus a social work practitioner.

Applicants who are successful at interview, will be given either an Unconditional or Conditional offer based on their academic qualifications.

Please note that this course, 6484 BSc (Hons) Social Work PT-Magee is currnetly under review and may not proceed in September 2016, subject to the outcome of this review. Additionally, our post-application selection and recruitment processes are currently under review.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Northern Ireland & EU:

Additional mandatory costs

Please note that, should either of your placements take place in certain clinlcal settings, then you will be required to undertake, and pay for, an Occupational Health Assessment.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


Course Director: Vincent McCauley

T: +44 (0) 28 7167 5357