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Social Work, Youth and Community Development

Our students work with leading experts and benefit from hundreds of hours of real-world experience to prepare for careers as confident and compassionate professionals.

At Hull, Social Work is part of the School of Health and Social Work, which sits within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Youth Work and Community Development is part of the School of Education and Social Sciences, which sits within the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.


Social Work

Hull ranks among Britain's top providers of social work education. Students develop a solid grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values under our expert staff, and benefit from our close ties with local service users, carers and agencies.

Youth Work and Community Development

Youth Work and Community Development students acquire the understanding, skills and knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of young people and communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Foundation year

Gives you the skills and knowledge for entry on to a degree if you don’t quite meet the academic entry requirements.

Study abroad

We have partnerships with universities across the globe. Depending on your course, you can study for one trimester, or a full year, in another country.

Industrial placement

Work in industry as part of your degree. Depending on your course, you can spend part of your degree on placement. See your course page for specific details.

Integrated Masters

Some courses combine undergraduate and postgraduate study. The integrated Masters year is an extra year after your standard degree.


Postgraduate Taught

  • MA in Social Work

    The MA in Social Work enables students to develop an advanced understanding of social work skills, knowledge and values.

Postgraduate Research

  • Social Work research degrees

    The PhD in Social Work allows hand-selected students to carry out in-depth research within the theme of health, well-being and social inclusion.

April Hilyar Youth Work Community Development 2

"My first year placement was a real highlight. It was hands-on, practical and I really got to make a difference and felt part of the community."

April Hillyar
BA Youth Work and Community Development

Why study at Hull?

Our students don't just study theory – they change lives from the start. We go beyond the classroom, providing a wide range of placement opportunities to give students the skills and confidence to master their vocation in a supportive environment.

Students at the Goodwin Development Trust

Health and Care Professions Council registration

Graduates of the BA in Social Work programme are eligible to apply to register as qualified social workers with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

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Our strong links with employers in the region mean that we can offer you a diverse choice of professional practice placements, including drug and alcohol projects, sexual health education, homelessness projects, school inclusion, and projects to tackle child sexual exploitation.

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Career-enhancing accreditations

We offer accreditations from both the National Youth Agency with Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) recognition and the Endorsement and Quality Standards Board for Community Development Learning.


Social work graduates are employed as social workers, community workers, welfare rights advisers, housing officers, youth justice officers and drugs specialists.

Youth work and community development graduates pursue careers as youth justice officers, work with drug and alcohol projects, as community advocates and with homelessness projects.

* UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, for the academic year 2016/17 published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018

95.9%of students are in work or further study six months after graduating*



Whatever you're studying, the library is one of the best places in the country to get your work done. With over a million books, and state-of-the-art technology throughout, there's a good reason that this is one of the most visited places on campus.

Study abroad

Some of our social work students enjoy overseas placements in a variety of countries around the world including France, Sweden and Germany. Students can take part in our International Social Work Student Conference - an excellent opportunity to compare notes with their counterparts from all over Europe.

Our youth work and community development students can also apply to conduct an international professional placement in their second year.

*Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency

Study from an international perspective to boost your employability


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The best way to see if the University of Hull is right for you is to come and visit us. We hold Open Days throughout the year. Book your place now - we'd love to meet you.