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Entry requirements

This degree course is restricted to students working or volunteering in social care in Wales.

There are two routes into this qualification, depending on whether you are being sponsored by your employer or studying independently.

For sponsored students, entry has to be made through the employing agency.

Independent students must apply via The Open University in Wales.

To study this degree you must:

  • have a qualification in Maths and Welsh or English (this must be equivalent to grade C at GCSE or above)
  • show that you can communicate clearly in spoken and written English or Welsh
  • demonstrate that you have the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be a social worker
  • take part in an interview
  • obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) with barred lists (children and adults) check and a medical check
If you are an independent student, in addition to the above, you must have successfully completed the Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales) (T34). Following selection you then enter the degree at Stage 2.

For more information on either route or how and when to apply, contact the Wales Faculty on +44 (0)2920 262728 or Email: Wales-HWSC@open.ac.uk.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner

Preparing for study with an Access module

If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:

  • a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
  • support from a dedicated team throughout your study
  • detailed written feedback.
For this qualification we recommend:
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In this section:
How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £3,012*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £6,024*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £18,072*.

*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2020. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a computer, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after you start studying.


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