Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: L500
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


Social Workers support individuals and families to achieve positive change in their lives. This degree prepares you for a profession with human rights and social justice at its core.

Regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), our degree course will prepare you for a career in social work in a diverse range of social welfare settings. The content of your studies will equip you for employment in both children’s and adults’ social work, in areas such as safeguarding, community and therapeutic services.

A total of 170 days of assessed practice learning, through highly rewarding vocational placements in the community, will also help ensure you are well prepared for life as a Social Worker following graduation.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Social Work

Professional body accreditation

Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for the purpose of providing eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as a social worker in England.

Part-time study

The degree is also available on a part-time basis. Part-time students are mainly taught at the Lichfield campus, though some sessions are delivered at Stoke.  Face to face teaching takes place on Fridays and students are also required to commit to an additional day of independent learning, which can be taken flexibly.  Year one and two are university based, and during these two years, students will complete their 30 days of skills based work. In year three, students will undertake their first 70-day placement and will then complete their 100-day placement over year 4 and, depending on the basis in which it is taken (3,4, or 5 days per week), potentially into a fifth academic year.  As with the full-time route, placements are organised by the university.

Course content

Level 4 begins with a period of skills development. You will then cover issues such as Rights, Justice and Equality, Readiness for Practice and Relationship-based Social Work, followed by an Introduction to Social Work Theories, Study Skills, and Values, Ethics and Multi-dimensional Diversity.

At Level 5, your knowledge will be extended to cover key issues such as Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk, and Lifespan and Human Growth and Development. The year will also include a 70-day assessed placement.

Level 6 will let you explore Social Work Research Mindedness, Inter-professional Practice and Contemporary Themes in Social Work. There will also be a second period of assessed practice lasting 100 days.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Owing to of the professional nature of this award all modules are compulsory and all modules must be passed each academic year in order for the student to progress to the next Level of study. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
30 Days Skills Development Compulsory
Rights, Justice and Equality Compulsory
Readiness for Practice Compulsory
Relationship-based Social Work Compulsory
Introduction to Social Work Theories Compulsory
Introduction to Study Skills for Social Work and Social Care Compulsory
Values, Ethics and Multi-dimensional Diversity Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Compulsory
Lifespan and Human Growth and Development Compulsory
Vocational Placement (70 days) Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Social Work Research Mindedness Compulsory
Inter-professional Practice Compulsory
Contemporary Themes in Social Work Compulsory
Vocational placement (100 days) Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with specialist practice experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.