Course Comparison

Course BA (Hons) Social Work BA (Hons) Counselling Studies
Award Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons) Bachelor of Arts - BA (Hons)
Duration 3 years 1 year
Course type Full-time Full-time
Placement - -
Location Plymouth Cornwall College
Provider School of Health Professions Cornwall College
Entry requirements

GCSE’S
5 GCSEs at grade C/4, including Mathematics, English and Science. Preference is given to applicants who have obtained these grades on application. Consideration may be given to Functional Skills Level 2 in Mathematics.

PLUS ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

A levels
Typical offer of 104-120 points from a minimum of 3 A Levels or level 3 qualifications - social science preferred. Excluding General Studies.

IB
27-28 points to include 5 at Higher Level. Social Science, Psychology or a Science profile preferred.

All Access courses:
Pass Access with 45 credits at level 3, 33 at merit/distinction level to include 15 level 3 credits in science/social science (psychology/sociology/criminology).

BTEC
DMM-DDM – social science preferred.

BTEC National Diploma modules
If you hold a BTEC qualification it is vital that you provide our Admissions team with details of the exact modules you have studied as part of the BTEC. Without this information we may be unable to process your application quickly and you could experience significant delays in the progress of your application to study with us. Please explicitly state the full list of modules within your qualification at the time of application.

Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Alternatively if you have any questions or concerns about meeting the entry requirements listed above we would encourage you to contact the Admissions Team on 01752 585858 or email ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk, where a member of the team can offer you further advice.

For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Extended entry requirements

  • In addition to the above, evidence of academic study within the last five years is required.
  • You must pass disclosure and barring service and occupational health checks satisfactorily in order to be able to start this course.
  • If English is not your first language and you do not have GCSE English grade C or above you will have to achieve an IELTS or equivalent qualification at the grades stated below.
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements  (if you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree course at University of Plymouth, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course)
  • Meeting the academic minimum is the first stage of an application being considered. Applicants must also submit a strong personal statement in order to be considered further.
  • English language requirements
  • We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.
Further information

Direct entry to year 2

If you have achieved certificated learning in addition to the entry criteria required for your programme of study, it may be possible to accredit this learning towards your chosen course. Full details on how to make an application are available on our open access MOODLE site (download details on how to access the site and submit your claim and supporting evidence). Your application will then be assessed and you will receive confirmation by email on the status of your claim.

Deferred entry

Unfortunately we cannot permit deferred entry. However, if you have a query please refer to an experienced admissions administrator who will be able to explain the UCAS application process in more detail ug-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.

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