Social Work (Northern Ireland) (R61) BA (Hons)
The Open University
Key Course Facts
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring a high level of motivation and commitment. The Open University's BA (Honours) Social Work (Northern Ireland) is approved by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), and successful completion entitles you to apply for registration as a social worker. As part of this work-based programme, you’ll need to have experience in either working or volunteering in a social work or social care agency. You’ll also need the support of a relevant social work/care employer throughout your degree.
Key features of the course
Continue in your employment while you study, earning while you learn
Study through work-based and distance learning
Develop the knowledge and practical skills that underpin effective practice
Improve your career progression and opportunities within social work
Below you can see course specific reviews for 82 graduates of Social Work (Northern Ireland) (R61) BA (Hons) at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Social Work.
Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.
All Social Work courses of The Open University
Salary of all UK Graduates of Social Work
|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£24467 - £31397||£16167 - £29504||£17741 - £33083|
All Social Work courses of UK
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
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Visa Requirements for International StudentsVisa requirement
All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.
International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.Permission to work while studying
The Open University is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.
Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)
After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.
Average student cost of living in UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.
Rankings of The Open University in related subject specific rankings.
Social Studies & Humanities
- Social Sciences
NTU by Subject
[Published 20 October, 2021]
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What students say about studying Social Work in the UK?
About The Open University
The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and it’s the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Social Work) MSc||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||-||-||-||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Professional Social Work Practice and Management MSc||University of Brighton||-||-||-||-||-||-||Brighton||On campus Part-time|
|Applied Social Work Practice (Leadership and Management) MA||University of Bedfordshire||-||-||-||£8250||£13275||-||Luton||On campus Part-time|
|Professional Leadership for Social Work (qualified Social Workers) MA||Goldsmiths, University of London||-||-||-||-||-||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|Social Work Practice Education PA||University of Worcester||-||-||-||-||-||-||Worcester||On campus Part-time|
|Education, Social Work and Community Education (Non-Graduating) (Research) PG||University of Dundee||-||-||-||-||-||-||Dundee||On campus Full-time|
|Social Work Practice Education PgCert||University of Suffolk||-||-||-||£944||-||-||Ipswich||On campus Part-time|
|Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PgCert||Middlesex University||-||-||-||£10500||£14000||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|Applied Social Work (Practice Education) MA||University of Bedfordshire||-||-||-||£8250||£13275||-||Luton||On campus Part-time|
|Family Support and Wellbeing FdA||Blackpool and the Fylde College||72%||0%||30%||£8750||-||-||Blackpool||On campus Full-time|