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International: £13,250 per year
- 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. We make sure your learning is up to date and informed by current research evidence.
Watch student Becky Wake talk about what it’s like to study this course.
How you learn
Our staff are qualified and experienced social workers. We also invite practitioners, service users and other professionals to discuss topical issues that are relevant to the profession of social work. You will have a personal tutor throughout your time on the course.
Effective social work requires close collaboration and understanding of other professions to ensure better outcomes for the people that use our services. On this course you learn with, from and about other professions in health and social care.
You learn through
- work placements
- role play
- real-life case studies
- simulated practice scenarios
- written assignments
- individual and group presentations
Course leaders and tutors
Practical work experience is at the heart of this course and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces. The department is part of the South Yorkshire teaching Partnership as of April 2018. This means you experience placements within a local authority social work team undertaking statutory work with service users.
Attendance on placements is mandatory. You complete 70 days in the second year, and 100 days in the third year. Your placement attendance, learning and practice is 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.
84% of students are in employment 6 months after leaving the course with 95% in professional or managerial jobs. This course prepares you for a career in
- children and families social care and adult social care in local authorities
- independent and third sector organisations
- national and local voluntary organisations
This social work degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the HCPC to practise as a social worker in the UK.
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
Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
You will study in a modern friendly environment on our Collegiate Campus site. The Campus has excellent facilities including our library. 97% of our students said the library had supported them well in their learning.
from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. We accept A level General Studies.
- BBB at A Level
- DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma
- A combination of qualifications, which may include general studies
- 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.
- FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care - If you are in the process of completing or have successfully completed the above programme at one of our partner colleges (Sheffield College, Barnsley College, Chesterfield College, North Lindsey College, Dearne Valley College, Manchester College, Stockport College and Doncaster College) and are looking to progress your career as a registered professional within the Health and Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS as you may be able to commence this programme in Year 2.
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.
- Maths at grade C or 4 or equivalents*
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents**
- Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course
- Maths quivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
- Level 2 Literacy
- Level 2 Key Skills
*GCSE Math's equivalents
**GCSE English equivalents
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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'.
The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19
|Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Psycho-Social Studies For Social Work Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Readiness For Social Work 1: Evidence For Studies And Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Readiness For Social Work 2: Values And Anti-Oppressive Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw)||Credits: -|
|Module: Social Work Law, Policy And Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: The People We Work With In Social Work||Credits: 20|
|Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Ethical Decision Making-Using Analysis Evidence And Values||Credits: 20|
|Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw)||Credits: -|
|Module: Social Work Practice Learning Experience One||Credits: 40|
|Module: Social Work Practice With Adults||Credits: 20|
|Module: Social Work Practice With Children, Young People And Families||Credits: 20|
|Module: Developing Critical Practice In Social Work||Credits: 20|
|Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw)||Credits: -|
|Module: Research For Social Work Practice-Informing Practice From National And Global Perspectives||Credits: 40|
|Module: Social Work Practice Learning Experience Two||Credits: 40|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.
Health and social care funding
Find out how to fund your studies by visiting our health and social care pages for more information.
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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