Social Work

BA (Hons)

Full and Part Time Options

October 2017

Three Years (FT) and Four Years (PT)

Contact us: 01865 759600

If you have a strong commitment to the empowerment of individuals and communities, and the contribution that social work can make to this through anti-discriminatory practice then this is the course for you. Listening to and respecting the voices of the users of social work services and implementing the values of social work is central to what you will be taught. We are committed to ensuring that you will become a reflective practitioner who will deliver high quality and effective services in a professional and compassionate way.

The course is taught in partnership with other local social work programmes and local authority partners, in particular Oxfordshire County Council, principally via our Oxford Practice Learning Centre. Support for students is provided throughout the programme, including supervision while on placement and our Learning Development.

Year 1:

  • The Principles and Practice of Social Work

  • Social Policy

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Law and Welfare Rights for Social Workers

Year 2:

  • Research

  • The Principles and Practice of Social Work

  • Practice Learning One

Year 3:

  • Practice Learning Two

  • Dissertation

This course uses a range of teaching and learning methods such as working in small groups, presentations, role play and case studies. Full-time students will typically be expected to attend  four days a week from 10am to 4pm. If you are a part time student you will be expected to attend College one or two days per week from 10am-4pm. You will be required to submit a range of coursework each semester involving essays, presentations and case studies. There are no exams associated with this course. Assessment is through coursework, essays, presentations and case studies.

A key component of this course are the block placements in years two and three, in which students are required to adhere to the agency practice times for the duration of 70 days.  

Tutors on this course have a wide range of experience drawn from their years of practice in different social work settings and have worked in the areas of Children and Families, Mental Health (Adults and Children), Older People, Disability, Law, Welfare Rights and coordinating student placements.  

On successful completion of the course, students can apply for registration with the HCPC to be able to practice as social workers.

Tutors on this course:

Bec Buss

Des McDermott

Bridget Ngandu

Olwen Summerscales



Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company.


Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.


Funding is available from Student Finance England (link) if you live in England (, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found in our fees and funding support section.


Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library. Students will normally be reimbursed by the placement agency for travel and parking related to work undertaken as part of the placement.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

On the BA social work programme, prospective students are expected to have achieved Grade ‘C’ or above, or as from 2017 Grade '4' or above,  at GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English, at the time of applying.  In addition, they are expected to complete a literacy test focussing on writing, on the day of the interview. 

Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

All candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College Oxford:

  • You must demonstrate commitment to the ethos and vocation of Ruskin College

  • You must have the ability to benefit from study at this level

  • You must attend a selection interview for the course

  • You will do an online literacy assessment

  • You must participate in an induction week, which includes sessions on all aspects of the college

  • Possess appropriate personal qualities and aptitude to be a social worker

  • Have work, voluntary, trade union or personal experience relevant to social work

  • Demonstrate a motivation to return to study, for example, evidence of recent successful completion of an Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Non UK Applicants need to undertake the International English Language Testing Systems and  achieve an average of Level 7 over the four components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

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The majority of our graduates gain social work positions after completing the programme. Students often find that employment opportunities arise out of their final placement. We also encourage our graduates to pursue postgraduate studies, such as the Graduate Certificate Practice Educator Professional Standards, offered here at Ruskin College.