Taught course

Social Work

University of Leeds · School of Healthcare

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a social care related subject, where social sciences form a significant element of the curriculum.

GCSE Maths and English grade C or above or equivalent.

Applicants must provide:

  • certificated evidence of qualifications
  • evidence of recent study normally within the last five years
  • evidence of significant social care experience, usually a minimum of 500 hours equivalent. This could include experience as a carer.
  • two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference, one offering commentary on social care experience/aptitude.

In accordance with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements:

  • All applicants for social work training must demonstrate that they have a satisfactory standard of health. Applicants who are conditionally offered a place on the course are required to obtain a satisfactory health check either through the School's Occupational Health Unit.
  • All candidates are subject to Declaration and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Candidates must fill in a self-declaration and apply at entry for an enhanced DBS disclosure. Social Work as a protected profession is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This means that all cautions, convictions, spent or unspent, including motoring offences, covering the applicant’s entire lifetime must be included on the self-declaration. Continuation on the course is subject to a satisfactory DBS check.

Months of entry


Course content

Innovative, immersive learning

Our Social Work team comprises active practitioners, innovative academics and experienced professionals to create a rich and challenging degree experience. Our smaller tutor groups will enable you to have a more engaged and immersive theoretical learning relationship to create perceptive, insightful and incisive professionals.

Respected graduates, excellent employability

This respected programme has strong partnership links to the statutory, private, voluntary and independent sectors, and our graduates are highly sought after in the employment market. During the programme, you'll have excellent placement opportunities across a range of providers. Practice and theory have equal value on the programme, and they inform and develop each other.

Guaranteed placements

Our students are normally guaranteed placements within the Leeds and Wakefield local authorities and we work closely with social workers in the two authorities who play a key role in helping to teach and support our students and often provide employment routes for our graduates.

Information for international students

This programme is not open to international students as it does not meet the tier 4 study visa requirement.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Graduates of this HCPC-approved programme are eligible to apply for registration as a social worker on the HCPC Register.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 113 343 7200