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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: £12,750 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

Course summary

  • Study the knowledge, 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.

Student view

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

How you learn

Watch course leader Brendan Wood talk about this course.

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
  • exams

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. The department is due to join The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership in 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.

Future careers

Employment prospects are excellent, with over 90% of our students gaining employment after graduation. 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.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

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Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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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.

Entry requirements

UK students

You must have some experience of delivering care in a professional or voluntary capacity and have a reference from a current or recent employer or educational institution.

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above, including English language or literature and mathematics, plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. We accept A level 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.

• Access - Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences, nursing or other relevant course. Normally we require 15 credits at Level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 30 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

• FdSc Professional Practice in Health & 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 & Social Care sector, we would welcome an application from you via UCAS, to commence this programme from year 2 onwards.

GCSE equivalent for English and maths

equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

You need to demonstrate an ability to

• study academic subjects at degree level

• debate topics and issues

• draw on conclusions from written material

• study independently as well as a member of a group

• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods

• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

You must be able to show an understanding of some of the challenges of working in social care and social work. This will be through direct experience of working with carers and service users in a paid or voluntary capacity.

If you already have a first degree you may be able to apply for our MSW Social Work.

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.

International and European Union entry qualifications

If you are an international or EU student, please visit our international qualifications web page to see the country specific academic qualifications we accept.


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. Please note that the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) require IELTS 7.0 with no element below 6.5 for registration.

Care experience

Before you apply for health courses, we require you to have gained some practical experience relating to your subject area. Download our applicant experience guidelines for information about the kinds of experience we expect you to have and the best places to gain it. Evidence of the experience gained, understanding of the profession and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a professional course must be explicit in your personal statement to be selected for interview.

You can find out more about how to apply to university, and your personal statement here. For social work courses your personal statement should

• Demonstrate some understanding of what social work is and that you are aware of the complex demanding nature of it. Include in your statement evidence of social work values and the legal and safeguarding aspects of social work practice.

• Evidence that you have done some reading and thinking about social work.Try to provide evidence that you are aware of current research and policy initiatives relating to social work. If possible provide examples of how these relate to your own experiences.

• Reflect upon relevant work experiences, drawing out your own skills and knowledge and what you have learned about the experiences that service users have. Try not to list the types of work you have undertaken.This is your opportunity to relate your own experiences to social work practice and values. Download our applicant experience guidelines for more details.

• In preparing your application you should review the Professional Capabilities Framework for social work, which contains information about the expectations for anyone wishing to pursue a career in social work.

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 during the admissions process any

• 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

In addition

• you must attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course

• 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.

• where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the professional issues team within five working days of receipt of the certificate.

• your full enrolment on your course will not be confirmed until the professional issues team have confirmed that your DBS Enhanced Disclosure indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable people.

• 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. This will be provided by the University free of charge

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.

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

As social work can involve psychologically and emotionally taxing work, we recommend that you come along to a University open day to learn more about the general expectations of the course.


For more details on how to apply, download our guide (.DOCX, 16KB)

EU and 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.


Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Psycho-Social Studies For Social Work Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Readiness For Social Work 1: Evidence For Studies And Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Readiness For Social Work 2: Values And Anti-Oppressive Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Social Work Law, Policy And Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The People We Work With In Social Work Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Ethical Decision Making-Using Analysis Evidence And Values Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Social Work Practice Learning Experience One Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Social Work Practice With Adults Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Social Work Practice With Children, Young People And Families Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Critical Practice In Social Work Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice Credits: 20.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research For Social Practice-Informing Practice From National And Global Perspectives Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Social Work Practice Learning Experience Two Credits: 40.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 is £9,250 per year.

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. 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 2018/19 is £12,750 per year.

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

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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)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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