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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Social Work

Course full
Full-time Social work

Make a real difference to people and communities on a course with 97% student satisfaction.

This course is now full for 2019

Sorry, there are no places left on this course starting in 2019.

Please see our other undergraduate courses with places available.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What are the entry requirements? 120 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? L500
When do I start? September 2019

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

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 abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

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.

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


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

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Entry requirements

All students

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

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 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 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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