Study at one of the largest and most reputable providers of social work education in the UK
Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council
Placements provided by our partner agencies provide the opportunity for experiential learning that may boost employment prospects
This degree approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) leads to registration as a social worker.
The course is delivered by our academic team of qualified social workers who are all experts in their field, users and carers - including the Citizens as Trainers Group - and colleagues from partner organisations who are practicing social workers.
This course will develop your academic and professional skills preparing you for the demanding role of a social worker.
The values based curriculum is grounded in the understanding of the diversity of people’s background, religion and culture. It will provide the knowledge, skills and expertise required of social workers in the provision of contemporary professional care.
We're very proud that Salford is the highest ranking university in the North West for Social Work in the latest Guardian league tables.
This course is designed to educate and prepare you for your future career as a registered social worker. As a qualified social worker you will be required to investigate, analyse and evaluate new methods and new philosophies, as well as be able to respond to needs in a flexible and imaginative way.
The integrated teaching style is intended as a preparation for your future career in social work. We aim to inform, encourage, support and engage students, tutors and practice teachers in collaborative learning. We all bring our individual experience, values and ideas with us and we want to share and hear them.
The course includes practice learning throughout, which allows you to put your learning into practice in real-life situations.
Full-time students will complete the modules over the three years and part-time students will complete the same modules over four years.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Open University||Open University qualifications will be considered on an individual basis|
|GCSE||5 GCSE at minimum grade C including English Language and Mathematics. Key Skills/ Functional Skills no longer accepted, applicants must hold full GCSE qualifications.|
|UCAS tariff points||112-120 points (General Studies is not accepted)|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDM|
|Scottish Highers||112-120 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112-120 points|
|International Baccalaureate||27 points|
|Access to HE||60 credits overall with at least 24 level 3 credits at distinction grade and 21 at level 3 at merit grade|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
Candidates who are selected for interview will be required to attend and complete a written test, group activity and individual interview. Service users, carers and practitioners will be involved in the assessment process.
Acceptance on the course is also subject to satisfactory health and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance.
Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below 7.0.
Due to the nature of the social work profession we aim to recruit empathic, committed people who have a passion for the welfare of others. If you can see yourself working in challenging and rewarding settings where you know you will make a difference, this will be the right choice for you.
Applicants for the full time course please apply for this course through UCAS. Applicants for the part time course please apply direct to the University. For more details contact the Admissions Tutor.
Bursaries may be available for students on years 2 and 3 of the full time programme only.
This course has an integrated approach to teaching and learning, focusing on lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as independent learning methods.
You will undertake practice placements as part of the course. These will allow you to gain practical experience of the social work role in working with service users and carers. They will also provide you with the opportunity to explore and relate theory to a practice setting.
The University makes every effort to assist students in finding a placement but is unable to guarantee that a placement opportunity will be available or that students will have access to the placement of their choice. There is a nationally recognised shortage of placements and availability is dependent upon external providers who are able to offer a limited number of placements opportunities. If you are unable to take up a placement opportunity you will need to return any funding that you receive from the Student Loan Company if you are not actively attending the programme. Further guidance is available from the Practice Education Lead, Allison Coleman.
To study on the part-time route you must already be employed in a social care setting and have the support of your employer.
Social workers can expect to work in a wide variety of settings with differing career pathways that can take them to managing small voluntary sector projects or becoming commissioning managers. There are equally exciting careers to be had in the statutory and non-statutory sectors. Social work education also offers a challenging and rewarding career.
You can specialise in either adult or children's social work, providing services which could include:
As a professionally qualified social worker, you will be eligible to work in a variety of environments such as statutory, voluntary, independent or the private sector. You could also be employed by service users and carers.
Social work has many links with a wide variety of agencies in the Greater Manchester area. We work with local authorities, not-for-profit agencies and the voluntary sector. We work with over 300 agencies and are involved in collaborative training with our local authority partners.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
This course is approved for Social Work Bursary funding. For more details on the bursary please see the NHS social work bursaries website.
Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. Health clearance is required in Year 1 of study only. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
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