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BA (Honours)

Social Work

Full-time Social work

Prepare for a career in social work through supervised practical experience in local social work settings.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? L500
When do I start? September 2020

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Student satisfaction

This course scored 97% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Study the theories, skills, methods and values that inform social work.
  • Learn how to work with children, families and vulnerable adults who experience problems in their lives or whose actions cause problems for others.
  • Apply your learning and experience in practice placements.
  • Benefit from supervised practical work in a range of social work settings delivered through placements in relevant workplaces.

Train for a rewarding career in social work. This course consists of teaching and learning at University as well as on practice placements and skills days. We make sure your learning is up to date and informed by current research evidence.


Student view

Watch student Becky Wake talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Your lecturer's view
Watch senior lecturer Jane Foggin talk about this course.

Our staff are qualified and experienced social workers. We also invite practitioners, service users and other professionals to discuss issues that are relevant to the profession of social work. You will be allocated a personal tutor to assist with your learning and academic progress.

Uniquely you will learn with, from and about students studying on other courses.

This intellectually rewarding course allows you to engage with the world beyond the University. You'll apply research-based knowledge to make a positive impact on the real world of social care —  including service users, future employers and other health and social care practitioners.

  You learn through

  • work placements
  • role play
  • real-life case studies
  • simulated practice scenarios
  • written assignments
  • individual and group presentations
  • exams

There are opportunities to study and work abroad with the possibility of funding.

Course leaders and tutors

Brendan Wood
Brendan Wood
Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer and mainly teach Social Work students at Sheffield Hallam. I commenced this role in 2013 following 30 years in social care practice in a varie … Read more

Applied learning

 Work placements

Practical work experience is at the heart of this course and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces.

You will complete a short 10 day experiential placement in Year 1.

The department is part of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership. This means you experience placements after the first year within a local authority social work team undertaking statutory work with service users. Placements are 70 days in the second year, and 100 days in the third year.

Your placement attendance, learning and practice are assessed as part of your course.

On placement, you work with professionals, service users and carers. You develop your knowledge and skills in assessment, planning of services, social work interventions, and reviewing service users' needs. You apply the professional value base of social work and apply theory to practice.

There is a range of support on placement. You receive regular weekly support on your placement which includes formal supervision by your practice educator. The practice educator is a registered social worker who also needs to be further accredited to take on this role. In addition your University tutor will visit you on placement. There are planned visits at the start of placement, to undertake a learning agreement meeting with your practice educator, and also midway through your placement to review your progress. Your university tutor will also be on hand during your placement for any additional support you may require.

Attendance on placements is mandatory as well as the 30 social work skills days.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a child and adult social care in

  • local authorities
  • independent and third sector organisations
  • national and local voluntary organisations

Accreditation

This course was approved by the previous social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council. From 2 December 2019, responsibility for the approval of courses transferred to Social Work England. This course remains approved by Social Work England. This means that people qualifying from this course can apply to become a registered social worker.

Student success story

Up to 30 students on the University's social work, social care and community studies courses put everything they learned into practice when they travelled to Calais and Dunkirk to help displaced migrants.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

120

from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. We accept A level General Studies.

For example:

  • BBB at A Level
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

Or

  • Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.
  • If you are in the process of completing the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care at one of our partner colleges and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional, we would welcome an application from you. Please note the different application routes below:
    • Completing the level 4 Certificate of Higher Education in Professional Practice in Health and Social Care means you can apply via UCAS to be considered for entry at Year 1 of your chosen professional degree
    • Completing the full two year FdSc to level 5 means you can apply to be considered for entry in to Year 2 of this professional degree. This is a direct application process in accordance with the partnership arrangement between Sheffield Hallam University and your college, not via UCAS. Please note that places to commence this course in Year 2 are limited.

If you already hold a first degree with an upper second class honours (2:1) or above, you may be eligible to study our Masters in Social Work.

Other equivalent qualifications are considered individually.

And

GCSE's in

  • Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
  • English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
  • *GCSE Math's equivalents

    • Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
    • Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

    **GCSE English equivalents

    • Level 2 Literacy
    • Level 2 Key Skills

IELTS

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.


Helping your application succeed

Experience

Experience of interacting with members of the public from a range of backgrounds in different settings is essential when applying to a social work course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of social workers. Values are key to our social work course. For further information on the values required of students undertaking a social work course please look at the Health and Care professions code of conduct and ethics and the British Association of Social Work Code of Ethics.

There are many ways you can gain experience - this might be as part of a programme of study or in a paid or voluntary capacity, and doesn't always need to be within a care setting. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who social workers interact with. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the professional role of social workers and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a social work course.

You will be invited to attend an interview if these key elements are included in your personal statement.

Learn more at our health and social care application support sessions

Reference

You must provide a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution with your UCAS application.

The selection event

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.

View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process.

Course enrolment - professional requirements

Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

  • Unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • Involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • Involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
  • Enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

In addition

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • You must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining this check can be found here
  • Where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

Occupational Health Screening

You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Immunisations

You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

Pre-course Day

After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicant to the health and social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

Other professional suitability information

Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.

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 5637 or emailing HWB-Professional-Issues@shu.ac.uk.

Disability support

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions, learning difficulty or disability you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the HCPC standards of proficiency and take part without disadvantage both in University and on placement.

The Disability Disclosure booklet provides information for students on health and social care courses and will help you understand the importance of disclosing your disability at the earliest possible stage. This is so you can be assessed for the support you may require to succeed on the course. You can contact our disability co-ordinator for social work and social care on 0114 225 5769 to discuss any queries you may have or you can contact our university disabled student support team on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom).

Open day

Our open days give you an opportunity to come and talk to our teaching staff and current students on the course you are considering. You can explore the campus, view our facilities and ask any questions you may have in a relaxed environment. To book a visit please follow this link: University open days

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Applied Theories For Social Work Practice Credits: 20
Module: Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing Credits: 20
Module: Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20
Module: Preparing For Social Work Practice Credits: 40
Module: Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) Credits: -
Module: Social Work Law Policy And Practice Credits: 20

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Assessing And Addressing Complexity Credits: 40
Module: Evidence And Enquiry For Practice Credits: 20
Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) Credits: -
Module: Placement One For Social Work Practice Credits: 20
Module: Working With Adults Credits: 20
Module: Working With Children And Families Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) Credits: -
Module: Placement Two For Social Work Practice Credits: 40
Module: Professional Leadership Credits: 20
Module: The Advancing Professional Credits: 40
Module: Working With Complexity In Practice Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year.

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Health and social care funding

Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Social work courses (PDF)

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