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Sheffield Hallam University

Social Work

UCAS Code: L500

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

D:15

Access to HE Diploma from a QAA recognised Access to HE course in health studies, health science, social sciences or nursing. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 15 level 3 credits should be graded at distinction level.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents* *GCSE English equivalents Level 2 Literacy Level 2 Key Skills

UCAS Tariff

120

from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels or EPQ. We accept A level General Studies. For example: BBB at A Level DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma A combination of qualifications, which may include general studies

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Social work

- 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.

**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 and work abroad with the possibility of funding.

**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.

Modules

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
Applied Theories For Social Work Practice 20
Collaboration For Individual And Community Wellbeing 20
Personal And Professional Development 20
Preparing For Social Work Practice 40
Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) -
Social Work Law Policy And Practice 20
Year 2
Compulsory modules
Assessing And Addressing Complexity 40
Evidence And Enquiry For Practice 20
Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) -
Placement One For Social Work Practice 20
Working With Adults 20
Working With Children And Families 20
Final year
Compulsory modules
Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) -
Placement Two For Social Work Practice 40
Professional Leadership 20
The Advancing Professional 40
Working With Complexity In Practice 20

Assessment methods

• Coursework
• Case studies
• Examinations
• Presentations
• Reflective portfolio of work

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£13,995
per year
International
£13,995
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
high
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
99%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
62%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Welfare professionals
20%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
9%
Nursing and midwifery professionals

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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