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.

Come prepared

You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and an understanding of the role of a Social Worker. We recommend you look at websites such as Social Work England (SWE), British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Point of entry to training | BASW.

When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with SWE. As you’ll be working with people accessing services 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.

You are required to watch the following video before your interview date: Half a million more UK kids drop into poverty.

The first task of your interview process will be to complete a written exercise on this video at home and submit it by 5pm the day before your online interview.

Download instructions for the written exercise

If you are applying for our Chelmsford or Cambridge campuses, please submit your completed task to [email protected].

If you are applying for our Peterborough campus, please submit your completed task to: [email protected].

On the day of your interview, you will be asked about this written exercise, so please do read through your work again to ensure it is fresh in your mind.

Teams interview day

If your initial application to study social work with us is successful, our admissions team will send you a Teams link to join on your designated interview day.

  • Your interview day will take place from 10am-3pm, with comfort breaks included. We recommend you have a notepad, pen, paper, and water bottle to hand.
  • Please join promptly at 10am.
  • 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 with a reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing the interview from a laptop rather than a mobile phone or tablet if you can.
  • Have your ID ready for verification checks. This can be a passport, driving licence, or ID badge from your current employer or college.

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.

Interview format

The day will include:

  1. A presentation about what to expect from the day
  2. A group discussion
  3. An individual panel interview with an academic, a practitioner, and a person with lived experience of social work (SUCI colleague).

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.