Faculty of Health Sciences

Social Work

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: L500

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core Modules

  • Becoming a Professional

    An integration of professional values, theoretical knowledge and practice skills in order to prepare you in every sense for social work practice.

  • Human Development Across the Lifespan

    You will study child, adolescent and adult development, with a particular focus on the themes of attachment, separation and loss. There are also practice skills exercises to help you to develop skills in observation, communication and assessment.

  • Social Work and Society

    You will learn about key sociological theories and concepts which inform our understanding of societal structures and processes. You will learn about social divisions and social inequalities which affect people's lives.

  • Social Work: Theory and Practice

    Explore and critically reflect on the role of theory in social work practice. You'll cover topics such as: power, values and anti-oppressive practice, systems and context, theories of change, collaboration and partnership, communication and relationship, and the social work process, to name just a few.

  • Social Work and the Law

    The module provides an overview of the legislative frameworks in England in regard to adult social care, children’s social care and mental health, with an emphasis on human rights and values. It will provide an overview of how the law is developed, including relevant social policy and political influences.

  • Becoming a Research - Minded Practitioner

    This module introduces you to the importance of developing a critical and continuing understanding of knowledge and research, and to translate current research findings into social work practice.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

In year 2 you will complete your first placement (70 days) and study.

Core modules

  • Social Work with Adults

    This module focuses specifically on social work with adults in the community. The module will address the subject of social care for disabled people and people with long term health needs and will introduce you to adult protection and the harm and abuse of adults.

  • Developing Critical Approaches to Mental Health

  • Becoming a Professional: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities

    This module introduces you to the concepts of rights and risk and will consider this in relation to the responsibilities of both child and adult social workers.

  • Understanding the Contexts of Service Users' Lives

    This module combines theory and practice, utilising service user and practitioner input, running alongside the placement module. You will refine reflective practice whilst integrating theories, methods and models with practice experiences.

  • First Placement (70 days)

    This module represents the first social work practice placement of 70 days undertaken with a social work agency or organisation. Exciting and challenging, you will develop and refine knowledge and skills, assessed by a practising social worker.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

In your third year you will be given the opportunity to study a specialist module, alongside your second placement (100 days) and core modules.

Core modules

  • Becoming a Professional: Decision Making and Professional Judgement

    Explore the processes of professional decision making, which will encourage you to invoke curiosity and challenge. With a strong practice focus, you will learn about the synthesis of increasingly complex information, inclusive of factors that have potential to distort decision making processes.

  • Last Placement (100 days)

    You will undertake a 100 day Practice Placement, which will be in a contrasting setting to your first placement and which will include some statutory work. There are also specialist opportunities such as palliative social work. You are assessed with the same Practice Capability Framework, but need to reach the Domains at a higher level for last placement.

  • Understanding the Contexts of Social Work Practice

    Develop a critical perspective on social work practice by gaining insight into the political, social and economic context, making connections with frontline social work. Service user and practitioner input will be included to maximise the teaching experience.

  • Social Work with Children and Families

Plus two options from the following

  • Domestic Abuse

    Develop a critical appreciation of concepts, theories and knowledge which underpin social work responses to domestic abuse. With a strong practice focus, the module will draw on specialist practitioners to provide contemporary perspectives exploring risk, safeguarding and gender; prepare to be challenged!

  • Working with Young Offenders

    You will study young offenders in a manner which enables you to think critically about the youth justice system in relation to the welfare needs of young people. You'll gain an understanding of the distinctive social work contribution to multi-professional practice.

  • Social Work and Substance Misuse

    Explore the physiological, psychological, social and legal problems associated with various substances. You'll examine theories that help us to understand why people use substances and why/how they change their behaviour. You'll also develop knowledge of a range of interventions that are helpful in effective social work practice.

  • Loss, Dying and Bereavement

    Everyone experiences loss. This module will introduce you to theoretical frameworks for understanding the processes of loss and grief and the way in which models of grief can help us to understand the effects of loss and change upon the individual, the family and wider systems.

"The teaching and support was fantastic. Without their help I wouldn't be the practitioner I am now."

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"I feel really proud, really proud to be a student at Hull. And I really encourage people to come and try it. It feels like home."

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More about this course

The BA in Social Work enables you to develop a sound grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values and we are committed to training you to the highest intellectual and professional standards. This innovative and challenging three-year programme has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified social worker with the HCPC.

The programme enjoys strong relationships with service users and carers and a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. You will experience high-quality placements which offer excellent learning opportunities and support in practice. 


Teaching and Learning

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Our teaching staff

Work with leading experts and benefit from real-world experience to prepare for a career as a confident and compassionate professional.

Placements include projects dealing with drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, school inclusion and child sexual exploitation.

BA Social Work graduates are eligible to apply to register with the HCPC as qualified social workers.

Youth Work and Community Development students gain two professional qualifications – one for youth work and one for community development.

Entry requirements

  • Tariff points: 120 points from 3 A levels (or appropriate Level 3 qualifications e.g. BTEC Subsidiary Diploma)

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • GCSE Maths and English Language Grade 4 or C, or equivalent

Alternative qualifications 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Selection Day and will complete a number of assessments as part of our selection process including an interview and written test.

We offer places to applicants whose qualifications, experience, references and quality of application (including the personal statement) persuade us of their excellence.

We are required by our regulatory body, the HCPC, to check that applicants are suitable to undertake social work training. All students who are invited to a Selection Day  must complete a confidential self-declaration form outlining any and all previous convictions and cautions (including those 'spent') and any medical or health conditions that may affect their ability to undertake academic or social work practice tasks.

All declarations are considered by our Support and Suitability Panel, comprising members of academic staff, a member of the University’s student welfare service and a member from one of our partner agencies. If offered a place on the course, students must also complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 7.0 overall, with 7.0 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

We organise a Careers Fair every Easter so that social work students can meet representatives from a range of employers from the statutory and independent sectors in the region and beyond.

Whilst the most common occupation is that of social worker, our graduates are also employed as community workers, welfare rights advisers, housing officers, youth justice officers and drugs specialists. Some other graduates choose to embark upon post-graduate study in the service of enhancing their skills in therapeutic practice or research, and some have returned to the University of Hull to complete doctorates in social work.