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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Social Work

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years full-time

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  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    13 September 2019

Start a new career in social work. Provide people with help, support and guidance when they need it and protect vulnerable children, families and adults. 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.

  • Gain the knowledge, skills, methods and values that inform social work.
  • Work with other professionals, service users and carers in practice placements across the social care sector.
  • Experience and engage in a variety of learning activities aimed at developing you as a professional social worker.

‘Being able to learn on the job and go on placement is a great opportunity to meet different people from the profession, and develop a deeper understanding which you don’t get from a textbook.’

Katie Bell, MSW Social Work

How you learn

You split your study time between acquiring the latest knowledge and necessary skills at university, and then putting it into practice on professional work placements. You spend a total of 200 days working in professional settings and attending specialist skills days.

You engage with a range of topics which includes:

  • assessment, planning, intervention and review
  • skills development
  • psychosocial knowledge applied across the life course
  • professional ethics
  • law and policy
  • social work theory and practice models
  • research methods and evidence based practice

Applied learning

Work placements

Practical work experience is at the heart of this course and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces. Placements take place in the public sector and in private and voluntary agencies. During these placement periods you work full time putting what you've learned on the course into practice. You must complete 70 days for a first placement in your first year, and 100 days for the placement in your second year. Your placement attendance, learning and practice is assessed as part of your course.

These placements take place with our partners in local authorities, private and voluntary agencies across South Yorkshire and the North East Midlands. Previous students have worked in Child Protection teams, adult social care, NHS mental health units, Youth Offending teams,and charities including the NSPCC, Age UK, Barnados, Mind and Women's Aid.

Networking opportunities

We invite practitioners to come in and discuss topical issues that are relevant for the profession of social work. They also co-deliver some of our teaching.

Social workers are required to work with many other professionals, therefore you study alongside students and staff from related disciplines, including occupational therapy and law and criminology. Service users and carers are central to all aspects of the course delivery and development, including teaching, assessment and placements.

The course enjoys close working relationships with key local employers with an aim of enhancing the employability of students. Placements are also a key part of the way students gain employment. The knowledge, skills and experience from the two placements provide the opportunity for work experience which can be used when applying for social work posts.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in social work.

Employability for those graduating has been above the national average for social work students.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • local authorities
  • voluntary agencies
  • the private sector


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.

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

Collegiate Campus map

Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

Learn more


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19.

Compulsory modules:

  • Foundations Of Values, Ethics And Anti-Oppressive Practice For Social Work - 15 credits
  • Introduction To Social Work - 15 credits
  • Law And Policy For Social Work - 15 credits
  • MSW Social Work Practice Learning One
  • Psychosocial Theories And Methods For Social Work Practice - 15 credits
  • Readiness For Social Work Practice - 15 credits
  • Research Knowledge, Methods And Skills For Social Work - 15 credits
  • The Enhanced Social Work Practitioner - 15 credits
  • The Organisational Context Of Social Work Practice - 15 credits
  • Theories And Knowledge For Social Work Across The Life Course - 15 credits

Apply now

Apply online or by calling 0330 024 6390 today.

Visit the Social Work (MSW) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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