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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,P:30

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

Maths at grade C or D or 4 or equivalents* and English Language or Literature at grade C or 4 or equivalents** *GCSE Math's equivalents - Level 2 Key Skills/ Application of Number/ Grade D at GSCE Maths/ Level 2 Maths credits from an Access course -Functional Skills L2 Maths - Maths equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk **GCSE English equivalents - Level 2 Literacy - Level 2 Key Skills - Functional Skills L2

UCAS Tariff

120

This must include at least 64 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. 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 | 2020

Subject

Social work

Course summary
•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. We make sure your learning is up to date and informed by current research evidence.

Our staff are qualified and experienced social workers. We also invite practitioners, service users and other professionals to discuss topical issues that are relevant to the profession of social work. You will have a personal tutor throughout your time on the course.

Effective social work requires close collaboration and understanding of other professions to ensure better outcomes for the people that use our services. On this course you learn with, from and about other professions in health and social care.

You learn through
•work placements
•role play
•real-life case studies
•simulated practice scenarios
•written assignments
•individual and group presentations
•exams

Applied learning

Work placements

Practical work experience is at the heart of this course and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces. The department is part of the South Yorkshire teaching Partnership as of April 2018. This means you experience placements within a local authority social work team undertaking statutory work with service users.

Attendance on placements is mandatory. You complete 70 days in the second year, and 100 days in the third year. Your placement attendance, learning and practice is 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.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1
**Compulsory modules**
Foundations For Effective Collaborative Practice - 20.00
Psycho-Social Studies For Social Work Practice - 20.00
Readiness For Social Work 2: Values And Anti-Oppressive Practice - 20.00
Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) - 1.00
Social Work Law, Policy And Practice -20.00
The People We Work With In Social Work -20.00
**Year 2**
**Compulsory modules**
Developing Capability For Effective Collaborative Practice - 20.00
Ethical Decision Making-Using Analysis Evidence And Values - 20.00
Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) - 1.00
Social Work Practice Learning Experience On -40.00
Social Work Practice With Adult -20.00
Social Work Practice With Children, Young People And Familie -20.00
**Final year**
**Compulsory modules**
Developing Critical Practice In Social Work - 20.00
Enhancing Quality Of Services Through Effective Collaborative Practice - 20.00
Placement And Skills Days Attendance (Ba Sw) -1.00
Research For Social Practice-Informing Practice From National And Global Perspective -40.00
Social Work Practice Learning Experience Two - 40.00

Assessment methods

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

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
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:

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

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
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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
82%
med
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
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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 work

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

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£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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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