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Social Work (Postgraduate Entry)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

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

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

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

- 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

**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.

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

Creating Original Practice 45

Evaluating Research Methodologies 15
Foundations Of Values, Ethics And Anti-Oppressive Practice For Social Work 15
Law And Policy For Social Work 15
Professional Practice 15
Psychosocial Theories And Methods For Social Work Practice 15
Understanding Complexity In Practice 15
Final year
Compulsory modules
Evaluating Complexity In Practice 15
Professional Practice Placement 2 -
Social Work With Adults 15
Social Work With Children And Families 15

Assessment methods

Coursework
Practical

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

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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.

77%
med
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
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

84%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
E

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.

Health and social care

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

£23k

£23k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

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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