Studying Social Work and Integrated Practice at Salford

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So you’ve applied to study Social Work or Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work (Integrated Practice), we've made you an offer, but you’re still deciding or have further questions? 
We want to make sure you have all the information you need as you get ready to study at Salford. We hope the information below helps you in your decision making. If you have any further questions, simply get in touch with us here.

Why should you study Social Work or Integrated Practice at the University of Salford?


You will get the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a real-world setting via placements.


Our programmes are approved by Social Work England and the NMC and you can therefore be registered as a nurse (learning disabilities) and a social worker (generic).


We are one of the largest and most reputable providers of Social Work education in the UK so you will benefit from our excellent links with agencies, providers and partners through guest lectures and placement opportunities.

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What Our Students Say:

"The lecturers and other students were so supportive. I had six placements and each one helped to shape me into the professional I am today. I couldn't be happier; now I see the difference I make on a day-to-day basis."

Student Support

We want you to enjoy your time studying here, but we understand that there may be times when you need a little extra support. Whether you need support with mental health and counselling, living costsaccommodation or just want a chat with our friendly Wellbeing Team, we are here to help. Find out more about all of the student services we offer here.

Offer Holder Days: Experience Life at Salford

If you haven't already, make sure you secure a place at one of our upcoming Offer Holder Days. On a visit day, you will have the opportunity to experience life as a Salford student on your chosen course - you'll meet your teaching team, hear from current students and connect with other applicants.

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When can we expect our timetables?

Personalised timetables are sent to students when they register in September.

What will my timetable look like for Social Work?

In the first year, teaching will likely be on two or three days. You will be university based during your first year with placements in the second and third year.

What will my timetable look like for Integrated Practice?

The first semester will be four days a week full time. You will have two 50 day placements in the first year, the first will start in in January and the second in the June.

Do we need to provide our own DBS check?

DBS checks are completed at the University during the registration period. Information about DBS checks will be sent to you at this time.

Where will my placement be located?

The locations of the placements can vary but tend to be within the reach of the Greater Manchester area. We take your preferences into account whenever possible, along with many other factors such as where you live, what type of transport you use, your previous placement, work and life experience.

How will I find a placement?

We have an amazing placement team who have relationships with hundreds of fantastic providers. As part of the process you will fill in an application form and the team will match your preferences with an opportunity. You will then meet the placement provider and decide if you both think it is the right match.

When will we have a break from teaching?

You will have seven weeks annual leave per year. We will communicate the dates for these when you start with us in September.

Are there any books you would recommended to help me prepare for the course?

A good general text is Developing Skills and Knowledge for Social Work Practice. This very practical guide will teach you everything you need to know to be able to successfully apply theory, methods and approaches in real-life practice. It will assist in developing and honing your skills to make the best start to your practice placement and beyond as a newly qualified practitioner. I would also recommend becoming familiar with the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), this is the overarching framework of social work education and professional development in England.


Go back on our Offer Holder Hub and find out more about accommodation, finance, and wellbeing and support.