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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Social work
Student score
74% MED
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£21.6k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

120 UCAS points from A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We do not accept AS levels. We accept A level General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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. As a result of these connections, you get the benefit of supervised practical work in social work settings on this degree. What you study You study the theories, skills and values of social work, learning how to work with people who have problems in their lives or whose actions cause significant problems for others. You follow the Health and Care Professions Council guidelines for training. We make sure your learning is up to date so you graduate with the latest thinking on current areas of importance in the sector. We invite experts from the social work field to come in and discuss topical issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse and child sexual exploitation. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies. Placements and work experience Practical work experience is at the heart of this course and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces. The Social Work Department at Sheffield Hallam University is due to join The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership in April 2018 and as a result we will be able to offer all our BA social work students guaranteed placements within a local authority social work team undertaking statutory with service users. During placement periods, you spend 5 days/37 hours per week putting what you’ve learned on the course into practice. Attendance on placements is mandatory. Placement providers will be offering services to children, families and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding is at the heart of the social work profession and alongside this you learn how to offer support to service users through difficult times. You maintain professional relationships with service users, often acting as a guide and advocate. Sometimes you need to use your professional judgment to make tough decisions that might not always be well received by those you are trying to help. Your placement attendance, learning and practice is assessed as part of your course. On placement, you work with other 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. On placement, your attendance reflects the working times of the team you are placed with. This may involve shift work including weekends, evenings and nights. It will be necessary to travel to or live near the placements. 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. There may be additional costs associated with attending placement - including travel and appropriate car insurance for business use. You need to wear appropriate dress and clothing as required by the placement setting. Professional recognition This social work degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the HCPC to practise as a social worker in the UK.


Over the three years of study, you complete a range of academic and practice-based modules that are closely connected. **Year one** Year 1 provides foundational learning, and is composed of the following modules • readiness for social work practice 1 - evidence for studies and practice • psycho-social studies for social work • foundations for effective collaborative practice • the people we work with in social work • social work law, policy and practice • readiness for social work practice 2 - values and anti-oppressive practice. **Year two*** Year 2 builds on the foundations laid in year 1, commencing with the first full time work placement. • social work practice learning 1 • evidence informed social work • developing capability for effective collaborative practice • social work practice with children and families • social work practice with adults **Year three** Year 3 brings your learning and skills up to the level required for you to achieve an honours degree and enter the register for social work with the Health and Care Professions Council. • enhancing the quality of services through effective collaborative practice • social work practice learning 2 • global perspectives in social work • research for social work practice • developing critical practice

Sheffield Hallam University

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Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 74% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
0% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
87% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
31% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
320 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
72% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £21.6k MED
Graduates who are welfare professionals


Graduates who are childcare and related personal services


Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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