Why study Social Work at Swansea University?

Swansea University's Social Work BSc (Hons) and Social Work MSc degrees are based in the School of Health and Social Care, which offers social care qualifications and is Wales’ largest provider of healthcare education.

Throughout your studies you will benefit from a dynamic, social work-focussed learning environment, as well as excellent links with social services agencies, local authorities and voluntary sectors throughout south and west Wales, providing you with extensive experience and skills on which to build your social work career.

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Our Student Stories

Awel Haf Pritchard Jones
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"I have chosen to study through the medium of Welsh because I hope to work as a Welsh speaking Social Worker. Having the opportunity to work with people who speak Welsh is a great privilege for me, as the Welsh language is an important part of my identity, which supports my academic development.

On work placements, I have seen the difference that using the Welsh language makes in helping people and I have seen first hand the importance of working with people in their native language, as this enhances the individual's relationship and experience. Often, they relax more quickly into the situation and trust the professional relationship. There is a great demand for Welsh speaking employees by the Welsh Government and the Care Council for Wales."

Find out more about Awel's Student Story.

What does a Social Worker do?

Social workers make a positive difference to the lives of people and communities in vulnerable circumstances. You will work to find solutions and provide support to a range of difference client groups including children and families, the elderly, young people and adults with learning differences, foster carers and adopters, and many more.

As well as your clients and their families, you will work with other agencies including local authorities, school, the police, to ensure that adequate care and support is provided.

Much of your time will be spent working with clients, so this is an ideal career choice if you enjoy working with others and making a difference to people’s lives.

Funding opportunities

Choosing to follow your passion for healthcare could pay.

Students accepted to study onto a Social Work degree or Social Work masters are eligible to apply for the Social Care Wales Social Work Bursary to help fund their studies. More information on the application process and the bursaries available can be found here.


On graduation you will be eligible to register as a qualified social worker with regulatory bodies within the UK.

A BSc (Hons) and MSc degree in Social Work can open the door to a wide range of career opportunities and disciplines, as well as further study within the field. In addition to becoming a social worker, your degree can lead you into rewarding and exciting roles within health care, academia, government institutions, private sector and more.

Want to know more?

We have so much more we want to share with you, why not explore our Social Work course pages or book on to our next open day.

Want to find out More about Swansea

Feeling inspired to study for a degree or masters in Social Work? Take the time to explore our campus from the comfort of your own home using our virtual tour, talk to some of our current students about what it is like studying at Swansea and make sure you register for our next Open Day, where you can experience Swansea, our community and our courses in person.