Taught course

Social Work

University of Sheffield · Department of Sociological Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree. We can accept a 2:2 if you have a lot of relevant work experience, which can include voluntary work.

Months of entry


Course content

Course description

This degree makes you eligible to apply for HCPC registration as a qualified social worker in the UK. 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.

Course content

Taught modules can include:

  • Readiness for Practice Placement
  • Law and Policy for Social Work
  • Social Work Practice – Context
  • Value and Skills
  • Human Growth and Development Through the Life Course for Social Workers
  • Safeguarding in Social Work Practice
  • Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Professional Development

You’ll go on two placements with local agencies, each one lasting 100 days.

Teaching and assessment

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.

Course duration

2 years full-time

Information for international students

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 6402