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BSW (Hons) in Social Work University College Cork




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The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) will make you eligible to apply to be registered as a social worker with regulatory bodies in Ireland and internationally. This full-time four-year undergraduate degree is open to mature students only, and integrates university-based and agency-based learning. Successful completion leads to an academic qualification (BSW) and it is approved by the Health and Social Care Professional Council as a social work training course.

The BSW is a full-time, professional course that requires considerable commitment on the part of students. However, as the BSW is a course specifically for mature students, we have particular interest in trying to support students who may be returning to education after a lengthy absence. This is reflected in the orientation of the course and how it is run. We recognise the valuable life and professional experiences you bring to the course, and you are encouraged to critically reflect on these in order to promote the development of your social-work practice. The course also incorporates approaches to teaching and learning appropriate for adult learners. These methods include interactive teaching, group work, self-directed study, critical reflective learning, peer feedback and continuous assessment.

Skills and Careers Information

This course is approved by the Health and Social Care Professional Council (CORU) as a social work training course. Successful graduates can use their qualification to apply to CORU to be placed on the register of social workers. In Ireland, all social workers will need to be registered in order to practice.

International accreditation bodies also recognise the BSW for registration purposes. Social workers are employed in a wide variety of contexts including:

  • hospitals
  • child protection teams
  • the probation and welfare service
  • family support agencies
  • disability organisations
  • youth settings
  • community organisations

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study BSW (Hons) in Social Work.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

€15,130.00 (11,92,907) per year




University College Cork

College Road,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirement for international students

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

IELTS: 6.0 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOEFL 80: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing 17

CPE Cambridge Proficiency: 169 overall with not less than 162 in each element of the test

Pearson PTE Academic: 59 Minimum individual sections 51

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