2019 start

Social Work

Department of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Develop your understanding of the theories surrounding social work, as well as their practical implications, to become a professionally competent, reflective and analytical social work practitioner.
Sociology MA Digital Media and Society student

Course description

This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Councils (HCPC) meaning you will be eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a qualified social worker in the UK upon graduation.

The academic side of the course is rigorous and challenging. You’ll develop a clear understanding of the theory. Through work placements, you’ll become a confident, skilled practitioner.

We’re working in collaboration with the four local authorities in South Yorkshire to lead the way for social work education and are part of one of only four early-adopter national teaching partnerships. This means that you’ll benefit from a social work curriculum that is enhanced by increased collaboration with placement providers and employment agencies.

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Core modules

Year 1

  • Readiness for Practice Placement 1
  • Law and Policy for Social Work
  • Social Work Practice - Context, Values and Skills
  • Human Growth and Development through the Life Course for Social Workers

Year 2

  • Safeguarding in Social Work Practice
  • Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Professional Development
  • Dissertation

You’ll also go on a 100-day work placement in each year with local agencies.


You’ll learn through lectures, small-group work, individual and group projects, supervised dissertation.


You will be assessed on essays, group project work, peer assessment, group and individual presentations, examination and dissertation.


2 years full-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a minimum of 3 months or 60 days' social care experience within a relevant organisation, for example a local authority or voluntary/public sector. This experience can be gained through paid employment or volunteering.

We can also accept a 2:2 honours degree if you have a minimum of 1 year full-time social care experience within a relevant organisation as detailed above. Again, this can be through paid employment or volunteering.

Before joining the course, students will be expected to have basic IT skills, including being able to use the internet, word processing software and email.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

NHS bursaries may be available for this course

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


You'll need to apply through UCAS for this course:

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.