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Year of Entry 2020/21

Social Work

Course in clearing
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.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2020. Whether you have your results or not, apply online or by calling 0330 024 6390 today.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £16,480 for the course
International: £27,810 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 2021

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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.

Graduate view
Katie Bell

‘Being able to learn on the job and go on placement is a great opportunity to meet different people from the profession, and develop a deeper understanding which you don’t get from a textbook.’

Katie Bell, MSW Social Work

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How you learn

Watch course leader Richard Martin talk about this course.

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


This course was approved by the previous social work regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council. From 2 December 2019, responsibility for the approval of courses transferred to Social Work England. This course remains approved by Social Work England. This means that people qualifying from this course can apply to become a registered social worker.

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

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

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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

All students

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Total points must include a first degree recognised in the UK at 2.2 or above. Any level three qualifications are accepted.


If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking and a minimum of 6.0 in all other skills.

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'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Evaluating Research Methodologies Credits: 15
Module: Foundations Of Values, Ethics And Anti-Oppressive Practice For Social Work Credits: 15
Module: Law And Policy For Social Work Credits: 15
Module: Professional Practice Placement 2 Credits: -
Module: Professional Practice Placement 1 Credits: -
Module: Psychosocial Theories And Methods For Social Work Practice Credits: 15
Module: Understanding Complexity In Practice Credits: 15

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Creating Original Practice Credits: 45
Module: Evaluating Complexity In Practice Credits: 15
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 15
Module: Social Work With Adults Credits: 15
Module: Social Work With Children And Families Credits: 15

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £16,480 for the course.

† 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 2020/21 is £27,810 for the course which includes placement costs.

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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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