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Social work education in England

This page presents information on social work higher education in England, making use of data from HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) to describe and discuss the current trends in social work education. The findings are based on data as at 2017/18.


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Key findings

  • Around 4,650 students enrolled onto social work courses.
  • Postgraduate enrolments increased by 12% between 2016/17 and 2017/18, following a13% increase in 2016/17. The number of postgraduate enrolments has been consistently increasing since 2014/15.
  • In 2017/18 undergraduate enrolments were stable compared to the previous year. Undergraduate enrolments had remained at broadly the same level between 2012/13 and 2015/16 (at around 3,000 per year) but have declined slightly in recent years.
  • Around 93% of leavers from courses in 2017/18 graduated with a qualification. This amounted to around 2,570 undergraduates and 1,520 postgraduates.



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