Social Work

Your Social Work interview will take place online through Microsoft Teams. As your interview is online, we highly recommend visiting us at an Open Day, Taster Day or Applicant Day to get to know the University.

At the beginning of your interview, we’ll ask you to show ID to verify who you are. We won’t ask to see qualifications at this stage. Your interview will consist of a written task, questions and scenarios. We’ll be interested in your knowledge of the role of a social worker and your values.

Please note your interview may be recorded.

Below, you'll find some helpful information about your interview and some of the things we'll be discussing. Do take a look before your interview.

You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the role of a Social Worker. When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with Social Work England. As you’ll be working with service users at a very vulnerable time in their lives from early on in your degree course, and throughout your career, you're expected to be aware of and uphold the SWE’s professional values and behaviours.

There’s no need to worry, all of our interviewers are relaxed, friendly and are looking forward to seeing your potential.

Teams interview

  • You’ll be allocated a timeslot
  • We’ll send you a link to access the interview on Teams
  • This is an interview for a professional course leading to a professional qualification. Please dress and conduct yourself in a professional way.
  • Please ensure you are at a device with a camera and a microphone
  • Have your ID ready for verification checks.

Please note: A camera, a microphone and ID are required to meet our interview regulations. If you don’t have access to these, we may have to reschedule your interview.

Written exercise

Prior to your interview, we’ll send you a video to watch. The first task of the interview will be to complete a written exercise on this video. You’ll be given 5 questions and 30 minutes to complete this task on the morning of your interview.

We are looking for comprehension of the topic, clear and concise writing, and evidence that you have further read around the topic provided. In your interview we will ask you about your approach to the written exercise.

Individual interview

During the interview we would like to find out more about you. Your interview is likely to take 30 minutes, where you’ll be asked a series of questions by an academic, a Social Worker and a service user/carer. The discussion centres around you, your life and career to date, and how this would contribute to your future career as a qualified Social Worker.

We’ll also discuss such things as why you want to study Social Work, your motivations, understanding of Social Work and the requirements and responsibility of the course. This includes your commitments to travel to and from placement.

We’ll give you some scenario questions, where we are looking for your responses to encompasses the values and behaviours needed to be a good Social Worker.

At the end, you’ll be given the opportunity to ask questions.

What happens next?

You’ll be notified via UCAS of the results of your interview within three working days.

What next if I am offered a place?

  • Accept your offer via UCAS Hub
  • Arrange your accommodation
  • Notify the Admissions team of any changes to your circumstances.

What next if I am unsuccessful at interview?

  • Please consider the areas which need improvement and ask for written feedback to prepare for future interviews
  • We are happy to accept applications for next academic year
  • You may be offered a place on another course, in which case, follow the instructions above.

Above all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. Consider visiting us at an Open Day, if you haven't already. Then commit yourself to learning as much as you can before your interview day.