Sociology and social sciences

Social Work

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About the course

The BA in Social Work enables you to develop a sound grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values and we are committed to training you to the highest intellectual and professional standards. This innovative and challenging three-year programme has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC.

The programme enjoys strong relationships with service users and carers and a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. You will experience high-quality placements which offer excellent learning opportunities and support in practice. You will also have the unique opportunity to apply for a placement in the University’s own voluntary social work agency, the Family Assessment and Support Unit (FASU), which was awarded one of the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education for its innovations in practice learning.


In the first year of the full-time course you study: Human Development Across the Life Course • Social Work and Society • Becoming a Research-Minded Practitioner • Social Work and the Law • Theoretical Foundations of Practice • Practice Skills Development 1.

In year 2 you will complete your first placement (70 days) and study: Understanding the Contexts of Service Users' Lives • Practice Skills Development 2 • Mental Health and Social Work • Social Work with Adults • Social Work with Children and Families.

In your third year you will study one of these specialist options: Social Work and Substance Misuse; Social Work Loss, Dying and Bereavement; and Working with Young Offenders.

You will also complete your second placement (100 days) and study the core modules: Understanding the Contexts of Social Work Practice; and Practice Skills Development 3.

International opportunities for Social Work students
Opportunities exist for students to take part in our annual International Social Work Student Conference. This is a collaborative venture between the University of Hull, the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna (Austria), Mid Sweden University in Ostersund (Sweden), and CARITAS College of Social Work, Olomouc, (Czech Republic) which takes place every Easter. In 2016 the event will be hosted in Czech Republic. The three day conference provides an excellent opportunity for students to meet their counterparts from Europe and promote the mutual exchange of ideas and transfer of knowledge about social work between countries. For more information visit:

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points from 3 A levels.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit
  • GCSE Maths and English Grade C or above, or equivalent
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a selection day that includes an interview and written test. A Disclosure and Barring Service check is also required.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

We organise a Careers Fair every Easter so that social work students can meet representatives from a range of employers from the statutory and independent sectors in the region and beyond.

According to figures from our Careers Service, over 80% of our graduates are in employment within six months of completing their programmes, and over 90% of those are in graduate posts, mostly in local authorities. Whilst the most common occupation is that of social worker, our graduates are also employed as community workers, welfare rights advisers, housing officers, youth justice officers and drugs specialists. Some other graduates choose to embark upon post-graduate study in the service of enhancing their skills in therapeutic practice or research, and some have returned to the University of Hull to complete doctorates in social work.