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You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.
You must normally
• hold at least a first degree of 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, which includes psychology, sociology, social policy and public administration
• hold a professional qualification at degree level in areas such as teaching, nursing, occupational therapy, youth work or allied health/education professions
You also need to complete a personal statement to support your application. You do not need to confirm your research interests at this stage.
You must meet the requirements for social work training, where you must
• have the appropriate personal and intellectual qualities to be a social worker
• mathematics and English at grade C or an equivalent qualification, such as Key Skills level 2 in English and Application of Number
• be able to make use of written materials and communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written English. Non-native English speakers need to be proficient in English, typically shown by an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no single element less than 6.0 and 6.5 in the spoken element.
If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
If you do not have a suitable qualification in mathematics, Learn Direct offer on-line tests and support packages to assist with gaining a level 2 qualification in numeracy.
Course enrolment - professional requirements
Before enrolling, you must fully declare during the admissions process any
• unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on convictions that must be declared see the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website.
• disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or educational establishments
• involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
You also need to complete
• a DBS Enhanced Disclosure, and provide us with a copy of your DBS Enhanced Disclosure Certificate if requested. Enrolment also depends on the DBS check being deemed suitable for professional training.
• occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course and an approved programme of immunisation, as recommended by the Department of Health. Health screening and immunisation are provided by the University.
If you have a criminal record, it does not necessarily prevent you from taking this course. All applicants must be clear of any convictions or statutory supervision linked to a sentence of the court for two years by August 31 on the year of enrolment. Download our procedure for applicants with criminal convictions for more information.
If you are an overseas student, you must have been granted permanent leave to remain in the UK. If you have spent time abroad, you must provide a certificate of conduct, which must cover the years not spent in the UK. This is necessary when you apply for the enhanced disclosure required to work in the health and social care sector.
Students on this course are not normally tested for immunity and infection. However, some high risk placements may require you to complete immunisation as specified by the placement provider.
If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements – from when you apply to the end of your course – you must tell the Professional Issues Team immediately by calling 0114 225 3995 or 0114 225 5786.
You must demonstrate in your application, and at interview, an understanding of some of the challenges facing you as a social worker. This may include issues in social care or other areas including • education • health • criminal justice • childcare • community or youth work. You also need to demonstrate a commitment to valuing the culture and diversity of others.
You must have at least six months recent experience of working with service users and carers. This can be paid or voluntary work and we ask you to bring a reference to your interview.
If you have relevant life experience as a service user or carer this can be used to support your application. You should discuss this reflectively as part of your application form. Personal experience alone would not be sufficient for entry to the programme.
Accredited prior learning
Previous study or work experience can sometimes count towards your qualification. Successfully completing all or part of a higher education course may allow you on to the second or third year of a course. A smaller amount of credit, at higher education level, may count towards your qualification. We call this accreditation of prior credited learning.
We may also consider relevant work experience, provided it is at an appropriate level for your course. This is called accreditation of prior experiential learning.
You apply directly to UCAS for this course using the UCAS code L508.
Full-time – 26 months
Taught modules take place, on average, two days a week.
You must be available for and complete one day of self-directed learning for each taught University study day you attend.
Periods of practice learning require you to attend for five days week.
Starts January (this is subject to change depending on the course revalidation)
You apply directly to UCAS using the UCAS code L508.
2013/14 academic year
Full-time typically £9,000 a year
If you are a home or EU resident, you can normally apply for a NHS-funded bursary.
To qualify as a home student, you must have been living in the UK for over three years and have indefinite leave to remain or refugee status.
For information about the social work bursary scheme visit the NHS Social Work Bursaries website.
2014/15 academic year
Full-time – typically £9,000 a year
Part-time – typically £4,500 a year
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees and funding see www.shu.ac.uk/funding
2013/14 academic year
Typically £12,060 per year
2014/15 academic year
Typically £12,150 per year
The course fee may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information on fees, scholarships and bursaries see www.shu.ac.uk/international/fees
Includes • essays • examinations • practice-learning portfolios • group presentations • report writing.
You put together a number of portfolios as evidence of your personal and professional development. You can use them to demonstrate your specialist ability when you go on to post-qualifying study.
We involve service users and carers in teaching and assessment, including service user-led workshops.
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This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
After successfully completing the course you are eligible to apply to register with them to practise as a social worker.
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MSW Social Work, final year
Why did you choose to study here?
'I studied my undergraduate degree here and really enjoyed it, so returning was an easy decision. Plus I live in Sheffield and have a family, so being able to study here is perfect for me.'
Can you tell us the best things about your course?
'Well it’s very challenging, but really rewarding. It helps you to critically evaluate yourself, helping you to help others. And there’s plenty of opportunity for group work and presentations, which has developed my team working and professional skills.'
Does the course include placements?
'Yes, I’m actually on a placement at the moment. I’mworking at an adult mental health facility with people with learning disabilities and mental health problems. It’s really helped me to learn how to communicate in a different way and to be more considerate. And it’s helped me to deal with mental health issues and to think about how mental health is viewed in society.'
Finance is obviously a hot topic – how have you been managing yours?
'One of the great things about this course is you get your tuition fees paid and you get a means tested bursary. But I’ve also taken out a career development loan and I sometimes do social care agency work to supplement it. It’s a good idea to spend time researching the different funding options because there are so many out there.'
MSW Social Work, final year
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