This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree will prepare you for the role of a social worker. It has been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrates both academic and practice work-based modules.

Do you want to make a difference to people's lives? Then our Social Work degree is for you. You will gain the knowledge and skills that could really change someone's life.

Why choose this course?

  • We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course content retains a focus on the people entitled to use the services. It also helps to ensure that you are ready for professional practice when you qualify.
  • Teaching is carried out by staff from a range of professional backgrounds and is underpinned by research, providing you with a great balance between academic and applied educational experiences. Throughout the course, we provide a strong emphasis on professionalism, values and the links between social work theory and practice.
  • You'll complete assessed placements, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces.

Learn from our experts

You'll be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are qualified professionals and come from a range of professional environments in social work and the health and social care sector. They are widely published in their field and the course content is informed by their specific research interests, which ensures you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience.

What you'll study

This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree will prepare you for the role of a social worker. It has been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrates both academic and practice work-based modules.

You'll undertake an assessed placement which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces. These form an integral part of the assessment process and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations. Evidence-based practice and research underpin work in the social work arena, so you will explore what works in practice settings.

Careers and employability

Excellent work experience opportunities

You'll undertake an assessed placement, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces. These form an integral part of the assessment process, and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations.

In Year One you'll complete 30 practice skills days, which are incorporated into the Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice module – including a readiness-to-practice interview and 10 practice skill days in local agencies on a shadowing or observational basis.

In Year Two you'll complete 70 placement days, and then 100 days in your final year. We will endeavour to arrange your final placement in the setting you hope to work in after you qualify.

We have well-established partnerships with local social work agencies that provide opportunities for experience in a variety of settings, primarily in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Your career development

You'll graduate with the confidence, experience and ability to make a difference to people's lives.

Social work is very demanding and carries a lot of responsibility. It's also a regulated profession. All social workers must register with the regulator and agree to abide by a code of practice. On completing the degree you may be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and you will need to abide by a code of ethics and behaviour in relation to the profession. In addition, many employers will be offering an Assessed Year in Employment to newly qualified social workers.

Please be aware that an aegrotat award certificate allowing a student to obtain their degree despite illness etc., or any other exit award granted to students who do not complete the course, does not confer eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council register or for annotation of an individual’s current registration.

The course has an excellent employability record, and many of our students enter the profession by working in services for children or adults. Opportunities may also exist in social services departments, the private and independent sector, educational welfare, services such as guidance-providing agencies, careers services, and youth justice.

The social work job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent graduates are following:*

  • Social worker
  • Community care officer
  • Child protection officer
  • Young persons team case manager
  • Independent mental capacity advocate
  • Care manager
  • Adult mental health worker
  • Community carer
  • Senior support worker

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15

Entry requirements

UK

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

If you are working towards your GCSE English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will need to submit a personal statement demonstrating:

  • an understanding of the role of a social worker and current social work issues
  • an insight into the statutory and regulatory aspects of social work and social work training
  • your social care work experience (paid or unpaid), and how this relates to social work
  • the length of time spent gaining relevant experience, and how this makes you suitable for social work training.

You will also need to:

  • undertake an interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user, a written test, and a group exercise
  • complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • declare any personal involvement with Children's and / or Adult Services by completing a Character Conduct form
  • confirm the ability to use a range of IT facilities including email, internet, and word processing.

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

International

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBB; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

If you are working towards your GCSE English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will also need to:

  • demonstrate in your application your motivation to do the course
  • outline the length of time spent gaining relevant social care experience and the type of social care experience you have in your application, either paid or voluntary, that specifically demonstrates your suitability to practise Social Work
  • demonstrate an understanding of the role of a social worker and current social work issues
  • take part in an interview with a lecturer and practitioner or service user, and complete a written test and a group exercise
  • be familiar with the Professional Capability Framework's entry level requirements
  • to complete an enhanced-level Disclosure and Barring Service check (formally known as a Criminal Records Bureau disclosure)
  • provide a satisfactory health declaration
  • declare whether you have had any personal involvement with Children's and / or Adult Services by completing a Character Conduct form
  • confirm the ability to use a range of IT facilities including email, internet and word processing.

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test, and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Program taught in:
English

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Sep 2019
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3 years
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