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Social Work

Full-time Social work

Start a new career in social work. Provide people with help, support and guidance when they need it and protect vulnerable children, families and adults.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £16,100 for the course †
International: £26,500 for the course
How long will I study? 2 Years
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
What is the UCAS code? L508
When do I start? March

Course summary

  • Gain the knowledge, skills, methods and values that inform social work.
  • Work with other professionals, service users and carers in practice placements across the social care sector.
  • Experience and engage in a variety of learning activities aimed at developing you as a professional social worker.

Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region.


How you learn

You split your study time between acquiring the latest knowledge and necessary skills at university, and then putting it into practice on professional work placements. You spend a total of 200 days working in professional settings and attending specialist skills days.

You engage with a range of topics which includes

  • assessment, planning, intervention and review
  • skills development
  • psychosocial knowledge applied across the life course
  • professional ethics
  • law and policy
  • social work theory and practice models
  • research methods and evidence based practice

Course leaders and tutors

Richard Martin
Richard Martin
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Masters in Social Work

Richard became the Course Leader and Assessment Officer for the Masters in Social Work in 2015

Applied learning

Work placements

Practical work experience is at the heart of this course and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces. Placements take place in the public sector and in private and voluntary agencies. During these placement periods you work full time putting what you've learned on the course into practice. You must complete 70 days for a first placement in your first year, and 100 days for the placement in your second year. Your placement attendance, learning and practice is assessed as part of your course.

These placements take place with our partners in local authorities, private and voluntary agencies across South Yorkshire and the North East Midlands. Previous students have worked in Child Protection teams, adult social care, NHS mental health units, Youth Offending teams,and charities including the NSPCC, Age UK, Barnados, Mind and Women's Aid.

Networking opportunities

We invite practitioners to come in and discuss topical issues that are relevant for the profession of social work. They also co-deliver some of our teaching.

Social workers are required to work with many other professionals, therefore you study alongside students and staff from related disciplines, including occupational therapy and law and criminology. Service users and carers are central to all aspects of the course delivery and development, including teaching, assessment and placements.

The course enjoys close working relationships with key local employers with an aim of enhancing the employability of students. Placements are also a key part of the way students gain employment. The knowledge, skills and experience from the two placements provide the opportunity for work experience which can be used when applying for social work posts.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • social work

Employability for those graduating has been above the national average for social work students.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • local authorities
  • voluntary agencies
  • the private sector

Accreditation

This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). After successfully completing the course you are eligible to apply to register with them to practise as a social worker.

We are in a transitional period where the work of the College of Social Work has come to an end and some functions are temporarily hosted by the British Association of Social Work.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate campus

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

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you are based at our Collegiate Crescent campus which includes

  • the £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building
  • specialist facilities including a courtroom
  • a virtual reality training environment
  • a library and learning centre, open 24 hours

Entry requirements

UK students

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or above, including mathematics, English language or literature or equivalent*, plus

• an honours degree recognised in the UK at 2.2 or above in any subject, together with relevant personal or professional experience of social care

You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

GCSE English and maths equivalents are

equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

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.

IELTS

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.

Applying

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.

You apply directly to UCAS for this course using the UCAS code L508.

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.


Modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Foundations Of Values, Ethics And Anti-Oppressive Practice For Social Work Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Introduction To Social Work Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Law And Policy For Social Work Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Exam:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Psychosocial Theories And Methods For Social Work Practice Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Readiness For Social Work Practice Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Knowledge, Methods And Skills For Social Work Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Enhanced Social Work Practitioner Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: The Organisational Context Of Social Work Practice Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Theories And Knowledge For Social Work Across The Life Course Credits: 15.00 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 £16,100 for the course.

† 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 £29,500 for the course which includes placement costs.

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

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Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.

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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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