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Social Work and Social Welfare

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Learn from industry professionals, passionate about their subject’

Work placements

Gain vital professional experience in the right setting for you

Forward your career

Study at undergraduate or postgraduate level

Make a difference to individuals, families, and communities lives with a qualification in social work, health and social care or social welfare law.

You'll gain the knowledge and skills to turn your passion for social justice into impact. You'll learn to work with a wide range of groups such as older people, people with disabilities, people experiencing domestic violence, or people with debt, benefit, immigration, housing, substance misuse or consumer issues. 

The Social Work BA (Hons) course prepares you for a career in the personal social services or more general health and social care welfare settings. Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), successful completion of the course enables you to apply for registration with the HCPC and use the legally protected title 'social worker'. 

The BA (Hons) Social Welfare Law, Policy and Advice Practice course equips you for a career in a wide range of settings, including Housing Associations, Local Government, Law Centres, and large voluntary and community sector organisations such as Save the Children, MIND, Shelter, Age UK or Citizens Advice. 

The BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care course will develop the knowledge relevant to a productive future in the health and social care sectors. Employability skills are embedded throughout the course, with a clear focus on how studies can be applied within the workplace.


Work experience and careers

Whatever you choose to study at Staffordshire University you will have the opportunity of a work-placement, where you’ll gain experience and connections to give you an edge in your future career. 

This work experience may be closely linked to your course, or it could be a broader experience designed to develop your employability skills. Our commitment will give students the best possible mix of knowledge and experience. 

Throughout this process students will be developing partnership working with service users and carers, and exploring how they can work effectively and creatively with them. This is a very important dimension for the Award as a whole, and we expect all our students positively to welcome, and to work in partnership with, members of our Service Users and Carers Group who are involved in the teaching on the programme. 

Our students

Debra Brown
Social Welfare Law, Policy And Advice Practice

I'm glad that I did the course, I never thought that I would achieve a degree and as I think I have already said, I think I'm a better person for it.

Our staff

Julie Tipping
Julie TippingSenior Lecturer

Julie has an extensive experience in advice work practice having worked for over 10 years in welfare rights and welfare benefit appeals. She is an experienced lecturer currently teaching on a number of modules including social welfare law & …

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Matthew Rutter
Matthew RutterCourse Director

Matt was a Youth Justice Practitioner and is researching current Youth Justice Board strategic priority; trauma informed practice with children and young people who offend. Matt also holds national and international positions with awarding bodie…

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Professor Elizabeth Boath
Professor Elizabeth BoathProfessor Of Health And Wellbeing (Tef)

Liz is a Coach and Mentor, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner and teaches Counselling, Public Health and Communication Skills. Liz's research is focussed on perinatal mental health and health and social c…

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Dr Peter Kevern
Dr Peter KevernProfessor

Peter's expertise includes dementia studies, ageing and religion and religious communities and their role in health promotion. Peter is a member of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality and is a Trustee of Age Concern (Birmingham…

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Our graduates

Mary Barnard Social Welfare Law, 2016

Mary entered into higher education later in life thanks to the flexibility of distance learning that allowed her to work and study at the same time.

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Patrick Ellis Social Work, 2014

Patrick’s experiences supporting the recovery of abused young children in a therapeutic residency inspired him to study to become a social worker.

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