A levels: ABB excluding general studies and critical thinking
GCSE: GCSE English and maths, 4 (C) or above
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English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
For country-specific information including entry requirements, contact details and representatives, see our website. If you need a visa to study, the University can provide all the information and advice you need.
At the University of Nottingham we have a valuable community of mature students and we appreciate their contribution to the wider student population. You can find lots of useful information in our guide for mature students.
We encourage applications from all sections of the community including applicants who may be returning to work or changing career. Mature applicants, including those on Access courses and with alternative qualifications are encouraged to apply.
Access courses: Access to HE Diploma, preferably in social work or social sciences, with 45 credits at level 3, at least 30 of which must be at Merit or Distinction plus at least 6 level 3 credits in study skills
BTEC National Diplomas: Grades DDD, and the Diploma will need to be in a subject area of direct relevance to social work (for example, the BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care)
Flexible admissions policy
In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy
. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures
for more information.
Notes for applicants
The minimum age for entry is 18 years old. Applications must be made through UCAS. No applicant will be offered a place without first participating in our two-stage candidate assessment process.
The first stage is an assessment day which includes a written test, a group exercise involving service users, and an opportunity to meet Centre for Social Work staff. Applicants who are successful at the first stage will be invited back on a subsequent occasion to the second stage which consists of an interview conducted jointly by a member of University staff and a practising social worker. Assessment days and interview days will normally take place between December and April.
Although there is no requirement for prior experience of social work, applicants who have some relevant voluntary or paid experience in a helping role, or can demonstrate that they have personal insights or understandings to reflect upon are likely to produce a better personal statement and have more to draw upon during the interview.
If invited for interview, applicants are required to make a signed declaration regarding any health condition or criminal record and then complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check once registered on the course. Although a criminal record or a health condition is not necessarily a bar to acceptance, failure to disclose relevant information may subsequently result in the offer of a place or registration, being withdrawn.
From your application and interview, we look for:
- evidence of motivation to become a social worker, shown by having a clear rationale for wanting to join the profession, and preferably some experience in a helping role
- some understanding of the roles and responsibilities of social workers
- some degree of self-awareness and empathy for others
- the capacity to succeed academically