Social work is all about people. Social workers form relationships with people and help them find solutions to their problems. As adviser, advocate, counsellor or listener, a social worker helps people to live more successfully within their local communities. Social work also involves engaging with clients' families and friends, as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, NHS, schools and probation service.
Our exciting social work degree gives you the opportunity to study the theories and research you'll need to be a successful professional. You'll complete three placements to develop your practical skills in social work and related settings, supported by a qualified practitioner. If you want a challenging and varied career with opportunities to work with people at times they most need it, social work may be for you. Bursaries are available and career opportunities are excellent.
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The Course Leader is Iain Moody.
Admissions Tutor is Ros Day. She can answer specific queries about the course, though she is frequently teaching or supervising and may not be able to respond to you immediately.
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The School of Healthcare is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health. We aim to provide high quality education and research and to develop knowledge that both informs and improves practice.
Students have access to all University of Leeds facilities - sports facilities, excellent libraries, including the Healthcare Library, an award-winning students' union and support services and the attractions of the city of Leeds.
Third year student Faisal talks about why he chose to study Social Work
This degree is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and students that successfully complete will be registered with the HCPC.
The Social Work BA offers an opportunity to achieve a degree and a professional qualification in social work. Students are required to undertake 170 days of direct placement, supported by practice teachers and assessors.
The course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge and skills, including the reflective and analytical skills, needed to become a competent social worker. On successfully completing the course you'll be able to work in a variety of social work settings.
In your first and second years you'll consider psychological, sociological and social policy perspectives on social work practice. You'll learn about the legal basis of social work and will demonstrate your competence in IT. You'll examine the impact of disability and mental health on social service users. In these two years you will complete two social work placements.
In your third year you'll study both child and family and adult social work and undertake a final year project, a 30-credit, 10,000-word dissertation. You'll complete your course by doing a final placement in a social work setting.
Placements are an integral part of your training. Read "Study abroad and work placements" tab.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
Not general studies or critical thinking.
GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths and English
Career opportunities in social work are excellent. Social workers help people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them to find solutions to their problems. As a social worker you can work in a range of different settings in the private, voluntary or statutory sectors. You can also work with a number of different service users; children and families, young people, people with a disability, people with mental health issues or older people.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
Placements are an integral part of your training. The course incorporates:
Year 1: 20 days placement
Year 2: 70 days placement
Year 3: 100 days placement
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