Social Work

Clinical Placement
Part-time study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Social Work at Salford:

  • Qualify as a professional social worker while gaining a Masters degree
  • Integrate knowledge, theory, research and practical understanding to use in your professional practice
  • Designed collaboratively with service users, practitioners, carers, students and academic staff.

Key Information

Start Dates: September

Two years full-time

Three years part-time

Course Summary

This course has an emphasis on research and student-centred learning which aims to develop your understanding and skills in becoming a critical practitioner. You will also have the opportunity to follow a particular pathway in any aspect of social work such as mental health, children and families, older people and disability.

This course is designed to enable you to integrate knowledge, theory, research and practical understanding and use this understanding in the field of professional practice.

Please apply for this course through UCAS.

Course Details

This course comprises 50% academic study and 50% practice learning in a social work/care workplace setting.

Year 1, Semester 1

Provides you with an understanding of the location of social work within the UK welfare system and the role social workers play.
Provides you with knowledge on equality issues and the way in which identities are seen as social constructions.
Gain an understanding of how individuals internally make sense of their world.

Year 1, Semester 2

Provides a basic understanding of the major pieces of legislation which inform the conduct of social work.
Considers how social workers can intervene in the lives of those accessing services and theories underpinning those interventions.
Covers ways in which different professional groups work together to provide services for people accessing social work/care.
100 day supervised placement in a social work/care setting in which you have the opportunity to learn and develop professional skills and practice knowledge.

Year 2, Semester 1

Gives you the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of work with children and families or adults. The module enables you to consider in detail relevant legislation and policy in your chosen area and factors concerning how assessments are conducted with people accessing social work/care services.

Year 2, Semester 2

Explore and understand complexities in the knowledge base of social work and how evidence is produced.
Your second 100 day placement will give you the opportunity to further develop the practice knowledge and skills you achieved in the first placement.
This is an independent piece of work in which you select an issues relation to your area of practice and complete an article for submission to a professional academic journal.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an undergraduate honours degree normally at 2:1 or above.

GCSE: English & Mathematics at grade C or above


Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 7.0 band score with no score below 7.0. 

If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses in our School of Languages.

Applicant profile

Students applying for the course come from a myriad of backgrounds which include the police, teaching, social care, business and direct from undergraduate study.

International Students - Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

International Students are required by the Home Office and/or the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate before they begin studying their course. You may need to obtain an ATAS Certificate before you come to the UK in order for you to comply with Home Office regulations. Please refer to your offer conditions.

You can find out if your programme requires an ATAS by checking the FCO website at with your JACS code which will be on your offer letter should you choose to make an application. If you cannot find it please contact International Conversion team at If you have any queries relating directly to ATAS please contact the ATAS team on

You can apply for your ATAS Certificate via this link:


The course is delivered using an action learning approach which places the emphasis on group work and individual responsibility for researching and collaborating.


  • Assignments
  • An exam
  • Portfolio
  • Independent Project


This course provides the professional social work qualification which enables graduates to work in any area of social work practice, including the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

Career Prospects

When you qualify you would enter social work which then offers you the opportunity to undertake post-qualifying training to enable you to progress in an area of social work which interests you – such as mental health or child protection. One of the joys of having a social work qualification is that there is no typical trajectory. It allows you the scope and freedom to mould your own career path in-line with your personal motivation.

Links with Industry

Our course is operated and developed in close conjunction with local social work agencies and local authorities.

Further Study

Social work research at Salford is a vibrant activity and you may choose to return to complete a research degree.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£12,800

Fees 2015-16

Type of StudyFee
Full-time International£13,050

Scholarships and Bursaries

You may be eligible for a Social Work bursary which is funded by the Department of Health.

The Social Work bursary provides a contribution towards the tuition fee. Students in receipt of a bursary will be expected to pay the difference direct to the University.

For full details on the Social Work bursary and how to apply for one please see the NHS Business services website

At the University we offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section