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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 and skills days. 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 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
There are opportunities to study and work abroad with the possibility of funding.
Course leaders and tutors
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.
This course prepares you for a child 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
Total points must include 120 UCAS points from A-levels or equivalent qualifications. AS levels are not accepted. EPQ is not accepted.
Access to HE Diploma needs 45 credits at level three with at least 15 of these at distinction or above from a health studies, health science, social sciences, nursing or other relevant discipline from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course.
GCSE English Language and Maths grade C or grade 4 or above. Equivalencies - we only accept Equivalency Testing.
Please note - Maths and English level 2, as part of an access, are not accepted.
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: 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|
|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|
|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
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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