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 a range of social work settings.
Placements and work experience
Practical work experience is at the heart of this course. We have a 100% record of placing students in quality-audited placements. You spend 170 days putting what you’ve learned into practice in real working situations, such as • social work teams • family centres • primary care practices • hospitals • mental health settings • women's refuges and a range of family support services for vulnerable people.
These placements take place with our partners in local authority, private and voluntary agencies across South Yorkshire and the North East Midlands. Previous students have worked in statutory local authority social work teams, NHS mental health units, youth offending teams working with the police, and charities including the NSPCC, Age UK, Barnados, Mind and Women's Aid.
Your placements are supported by 30 specialist skills days. You work with experts, professionals and service users on specific topics such as how to assess risky behaviour, or interventions for safeguarding children. In your final year, we run a workshop with employers on how to apply for jobs in social work.
There are also opportunities to spend time studying abroad. Previous students have attended a summer school in Berlin, gaining new, international perspectives on social work and discovering how it is practised around the world.
During the time you spend at university, you are based at our Collegiate Crescent Campus which includes our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building, a newly built Heart of the Campus complex and a learning centre which is open 24 hours and seven days a week. You use specialist facilities including our courtroom, where you learn how to give evidence, and our virtual reality training environment which is used to practise different cases.
We are one of the most experienced providers of social work, education in the country, and we have a wide range of expertise. Social work is part of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, which enables us to apply specialist knowledge and resources from across a range of health and social care professions.
All our teaching staff are qualified and experienced social workers, or have experience in related professions. You experience a range of different ways of learning, including role play with actors, real-life case studies and virtual reality experiences alongside lectures and seminars,
Many of our lecturers are involved in research in social work and have a well-established reputation in various international projects, including
This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). After successfully completing the course you are eligible to apply to register with them to practise as a social worker.
We are in a transitional period where the work of the College of Social Work has come to an end and some functions are temporarily hosted by the British Association of Social Work.
This is a full time course that can lead to professional registration as a social worker and therefore requires extensive study.
Taught modules take place on average three days a week. but you will be required to engage in study outside of these times. A large proportion of the course is spent on placement within social care organisations – during these times you are required to attend for five days a week.
Social work programmes provide a combination of practice learning and academic modules, that build together in order to equip you with the range of knowledge and skills you need in order to meet the requirements of this challenging profession. The strategies of teaching, learning and assessment across the 24 months are progressive, so that you gradually develop the abilities to be a self-directed learner. At the beginning of each year there will be an induction period to help you orient yourself to the shape of your studies for that year, and the increasing levels of academic and professional standards expected of you.
Additionally, some of the academic modules contain skills days, which further reinforce that there are strong links between the intellectual abilities you need in order to be a social worker, and the practice skills that are also needed. The programme structure comprises five interrelated elements
Year one modules
Year two modules
You will be able to take advantage of a high demand for qualified social workers in the South Yorkshire and East Midlands regions and nationally in areas such as • social services departments • education and other local authority departments • residential care • housing associations • national and local voluntary organisations • private sector care providers.
You can work in careers alongside other professionals including • nurses • police officers • lawyers • teachers • occupational therapists • doctors • housing officers • a range of care and support staff.
You work with a range of people who require professional support such as • children and young people • parents and carers • people with mental health problems, learning difficulties or physical disabilities • older adults • refugees and asylum seekers.
Demonstrate your aptitude for legal research and develop a specialist knowledge in a specific aspect of law with this specialist research degree.
If you work in the legal profession, a masters qualification can contribute to your professional development. On this course you choose to research an area of law which means you can specialise in a field and enhance your career prospects.
If you work with, or have an interest in, law, it is likely to boost your employability in an increasingly competitive market. It is a benefit if you are looking to join the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister and want to stand out from the crowd of undergraduates.
You choose the area of research for your thesis, although we are available to provide guidance. It is ideal if you want to become a specialist in a particular area of law or to develop your interest in a specific legal topic. You develop your research skills as well as the ability to produce in-depth and persuasive academic writing.
During the course you work largely independently but you are guided by an experienced supervisor in a supportive environment. You can access legal materials in our dedicated law library in the learning centre, which is open 24-hours a day during term time. Our IT systems are set up so that most of your learning and research can be done anywhere off campus where you have access to a suitable internet connection.
The content of this course depends on the particular area of law you choose to study. It is agreed by your supervisor at the start of the course based on the pre-entry submissions you have made.
Successful completion of the course requires the submission of a 30,000 thesis and an oral or approved alternative examination.
Our staff have particular areas of expertise where they can offer supervision for study at masters level. See our staff pages for further details – https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/law-and-criminology/staff.
Assessment is via the submission of a 30,000 word thesis, and a short viva examination, on an agreed legal topic.
Following this degree you may choose to pursue a law-related career in places such as • the Crown Prosecution Service • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs • the police service • the Trading Standards Institute • youth offending teams • advice centres.
A masters qualification in law is widely respected across many professions and therefore your career options can be varied. Opportunities can be found in • academia • politics • journalism • social work • the civil service.
You may find your skills also translate well in business and commerce within national or multi-national companies.
Holding a masters degree is now a significant requirement for study at doctoral level. It provides a recognised pathway to the PhD route and a research-based masters qualification provides an opportunity for extended and in-depth study which is lost in traditional taught-based degrees.