Everything you need to know...
- Gain important skills needed for working with young people and their families.
- Benefit from 400 hours of hands-on placement work.
- Study inter-professional modules for a diverse outlook.
- Learn in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere, with no exams.
- Take the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of our partner universities
Develop an excellent grounding for further studies or work with children, young people and families. You focus on important subjects such as safeguarding, child development and parenting alongside interdisciplinary modules and work placements. You graduate with diverse, useful skills that make a real difference.
How you learn
This course provides high-quality work placements alongside enriching, enjoyable teaching sessions. Modules are designed to introduce the core principals and techniques needed for work with children, young people and families. You spend 400 hours of your course on work-based learning placements, and the rest of your time benefiting from supportive, collaborative lessons and engrossing individual study.
You learn through
- workshop-style sessions from industry practitioners
- inter-professional modules
- case studies, presentations and assignments
- placements in a wide range of statutory, voluntary and independent settings
- one-to-one support from an academic advisor
- on-placement learning support
- technology designed to enhance your learning experience
We work collaboratively with local partner agencies to provide enriching, beneficial work placements. This provides you with hands-on experience working alongside skilled professionals, and the opportunity to apply your knowledge. You receive support from a work-based learning supervisor when on your placement.
Common placements include children's centres, schools, family support centres, multi-agency support teams and youth services. Many of our graduates have gone into a full-time position at their placement organisation.
This course prepares you for a career in
• Social care
• Early years
• The voluntary sector
Or the opportunity for further study on one of the following Sheffield Hallam University courses:
• BA(Honours) Working with Children Young People and Families – guaranteed progression route to all graduates of the foundation degree
• BA (Honours) Social Work – entry into the second year
• BA (Honours) Childhood Studies – entry into the third year
• BA (Honours) Early Childhood Studies – entry into the third year
• BA (Honours) Teaching and Learning in Primary Education (5-11) with QTS (top up)
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
On this course you work with
- state-of-the-art facilities at our Collegiate Crescent Campus, with 24 hour access
This must include at least 24 points from an A level or equivalent BTEC National qualification. For example:
- CC at A Level
- MPP in BTEC Extended Diploma
- A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies
- Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in social science, health studies, health science, nursing or another relevant course.
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 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.5 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 care course. It is important to be able to understand and explain how your experiences relate to the activities and qualities which are required of those who work with children, young people and families.
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. Interacting with people with different life experiences will help you develop a deeper level of understanding of the diversity of the population who access social care services. In your personal statement please reflect upon your learning from any of these experiences demonstrating an understanding of the role of those who work with children, young people and families and a genuine, reasoned commitment to studying a Foundation Degree in this area.
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 & 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 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
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
|Module: Child Development||Credits: 20|
|Module: Personal, Professional And Academic Development||Credits: 20|
|Module: Work-Based Learning One (Academic)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Work-Based Learning One (Practice)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Safeguarding And Assessment||Credits: 20|
|Module: Using And Evaluating Evidence To Inform Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Creative Methods||Credits: 20|
|Module: Refugees And Migrant Families||Credits: 20|
|Module: Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice||Credits: 20|
|Module: Theory And Practice Of Parenting||Credits: 20|
|Module: Work-Based Learning Two (Academic)||Credits: 20|
|Module: Work-Based Learning Two (Practice)||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting part-time undergraduate study in 2020/2021 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK/EU students starting this course in 2019/20 are £6,170 per year (based on studying 80 credits 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.
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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