Social Work Studies
BA (Hons)

2014-15 entry

Industrial Placement
NHS Funding available
Work placement opportunity
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Social Work Studies at Salford:

  • Study at one of largest providers of social work education in the UK
  • Validated by the appropriate professional bodies
  • Excellent partnerships with agencies

Key Information

Course Code: L500 Full-time
Start Dates: September

Three years full-time

Course Summary

If you wish to pursue a career as a social worker, then this professional degree is the nationally recognised qualification, validated by the General Social Care Council (GSCC). This course also involves input from service users and carers, including the Citizens as Trainers (CATS) group and external social work practitioners.

Social work is a demanding job which involves developing a range of academic and professional skills. In addition, the importance of holding appropriate values is essential as social work deals with people from a variety of backgrounds, religion and cultures. Hence it is important that you understand and respect different cultures and ways of life.

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Course Details

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.

Year 1

This will introduce you to the role and responsibilities of social workers, the concepts of professionalism and developments in the social work profession.
Introduces you to key debates about ethics in society as they relate to the caring professions. This will enable you to develop a critical approach to social work and issues of power and oppression.
Identify and appreciate the key law and social policy issues in relation to social work. Consider the impact of New Labour, the coalition government and international developments in terms of law.
Develop critical analysis and examination of the ‘multiplicity of factors’ involved in understanding the complexity of individual development and change. This module seeks to make explicit the relevance of rigorous theoretical engagement and application within the practice and professional of social work.
Introduces a range of methods and interventions used in social work practice and the theoretical base that underpins them.
A 30-day placement in a social care setting which introduces you to the key skills and contexts of social work.

Year 2

Further explores the key skills and knowledge required for practice. Locating practice in a theoretical framework underpinned by critiques of power and privilege.
Introduces different ways of defining research problems with an understanding of the key theoretical principles of research.
You will have the opportunity to choose one from three discreet practice areas to explore in depth. The areas covered are children, families and young people, mental health and working with adults.
Demonstrates awareness of the value of working with other agencies, carers, service users and citizens. This module explores the challenges and benefits to multiagency working.
A 70-day placement in a social care setting which is linked to the National Occupational Standards.

Year 3

Presentation of a well structured literature review in your chosen area. It will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the literature in that chosen area and its application to social work practice.
A continuation of the year 2 modules with particular emphasis on the application for practice.
Provides the opportunity for you to study the historical political, social and economic basis of welfare and social care from European and international perspectives.
A 100-day placement in your chosen module pathway.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Open University Open University qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
GCSE All applicants must have English and Maths of at least Grade C, or Level 2 equivalents e.g. Key Skills L2 Literacy and/or Numeracy
UCAS tariff points 300 points
Scottish Highers 300 points
Irish Leaving Certificate 300 points
International Baccalaureate 27 points

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have the traditional entry requirements may be able to apply through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University.

Please note that the GCSE requirements remain in place for candidates going through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme onto this course.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 with no score below 7.0.

Applicant profile

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.

Acceptance on the course is also subject to satisfactory health and Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) clearance.


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, which are organised by the University. 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.

To study on the part-time route you must already be employed in a social care setting and have the support of your employer


  • Written assignments (80%)
  • Poster (5%)
  • One ‘open book’ exam (15%)


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:

  • Working with people with mental health problems, learning difficulties or physical difficulties
  • Providing assistance and advice that helps families stay together
  • Providing support to younger people leaving care who are at risk or in trouble with the law
  • Supporting older people to maintain their independence and wellbeing

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.

Links with Industry

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.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2014-15

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9,000 - This course is approved for Social Work Bursary funding. For more details on the bursary please see the NHS social work bursaries website
Full-time International£12,800

Scholarships and Bursaries

This course is approved for Social Work Bursary funding. For more details on the bursary please see the NHS social work bursaries website.

Additional Costs

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.