Social Work (Professional Qualification), BA (Hons)

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This Social Work degree will prepare you for the role of a social worker, a protected profession that is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. It has been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrates both academic and practice work-based modules. Our social work degree attracts a diverse student group and we pride ourselves on our welcoming and supportive environment. Why choose this course?

Do you want to make a difference to people's lives? Then our Social Work degree is for you. You will gain the knowledge and skills that could really change someone's life.

We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course …

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This Social Work degree will prepare you for the role of a social worker, a protected profession that is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. It has been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrates both academic and practice work-based modules. Our social work degree attracts a diverse student group and we pride ourselves on our welcoming and supportive environment. Why choose this course?

Do you want to make a difference to people's lives? Then our Social Work degree is for you. You will gain the knowledge and skills that could really change someone's life.

We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course content retains a focus on the people entitled to use the services. It also helps to ensure that you are ready for professional practice when you qualify.

Teaching is carried out by staff from a range of professional backgrounds and is underpinned by research, providing you with a great balance between academic and applied educational experiences.

You'll complete Assessed Practice Learning Periods, which are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations.

What our students say

"By having close contact with different agencies I have been able to build my self-confidence, collect references and gain further knowledge in the area of social work."

Megan Cunningham
BA (Hons) Social Work

Learn from our experts

You will be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are qualified professionals and come from a range of professional environments in social work and the health and social care sector. They are widely published in their field and the course content is informed by their specific research interests which ensures you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience.

Please be aware that social work training is involved in a process of review and some information may change.

Social Work Bursaries

The Department of Health has recently announced new arrangements for the Social Work Bursary Scheme. To find out the latest information on these non-repayable bursaries please visit the NHS website.

Want to know more?

For more details about our BA (Hons) Social Work course you can request a course brochure. Open days are also a great way to find out more about our courses and experience NTU for yourself. Find out when our Open Days are taking place and book your place. If you can't make it in person why not take a virtual tour?

When does the course start?

Please see the academic calendar for term dates.

What will I study?

Evidence-based practice and research underpin work in the social work arena so you will explore what works in practice settings.

Year One
Core modules:

  • Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice
  • Reflective Assessment and Intervention Strategies
  • Life Course Development in Social Context.

Year Two
Core modules:

  • Developing Professional Social Work Practice
  • Legal and Statutory Responsibilities
  • Social Policy.

Year Three
Core modules:

  • Engaging in Professional Social Work Practice
  • Working with Individuals, Children and Families.

Social work training is involved in a process of review and some information may change.

Already working in a social work setting?

This course also enables experienced but unqualified candidates working within social work or social care settings to gain a social work qualification. Some of the Assessed Learning Practice periods may be taken is your current work setting and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) may also be permitted.

If you are currently working in the sector and you are interested in gaining a social work qualification please email us for further details.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework based essays, reports and presentations. You will also be assessed using formal examinations and online tests. The Assessed Practice Learning Periods form an integral part of the assessment process and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations.

In response to student feedback the university have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

How will I learn?

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem solving skills
  • group working
  • analysis
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • the ability to discuss a wide range of views effectively.
Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work.
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on.
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

During your time on the course you will also have the support of a personal learning adviser who will work with you on both academic and work-based learning throughout your degree.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You will still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Expert staff

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The course draws upon their expertise, research interests and industry experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for. Current Social Work student, Manisha Mahendra Patel is engaging with new forms of social work debate. She has become a national student ambassador for the Social Work Social Media website which shares and blogs about all things social work related. She is in touch with key figures in social work development and is a voice for student social work matters on a national stage.

Where will I study?

As a member of the School of Social Sciences’ community, you will study on our vibrant City site. You will typically be based in the Chaucer building although you will also learn in the recently regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings. All of our teaching rooms and learning resources are within a short distance of each other.

Welcoming students from all over the world

The University is proud of its multicultural community. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities that you need to help you through all the stages of being a student. Find out more about the University's dedicated services for international students.

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With ever increasing pressures of public accountability upon social workers our Social Work degree has recognised the need to ensure that you are prepared for all kinds of scrutiny in the professional environment. In conjunction with Nottingham Law School, which has had authentic court rooms based in the Chaucer building, we are now testing out our students in their court report skills as they are having to present to expert panels in the mock court rooms.

You'll also have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:

  • the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24 / 7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces
  • the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
  • our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time
  • 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points
  • a new City site Students' Union building will open in 2013 giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities.

The prime location of the City site gives you easy access to a great combination of facilities and activities including:

  • sports facilities
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafes.
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