Melanie Garlick, Social Work


BA Social Work

Our range of placement opportunities and expert staff will prepare you for a career as an outstanding social work practitioner.

Key information

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Course length

3 years

Typical offer

120 points

A Level grades: BBB

UCAS code


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Course overview

Taught by experts with real-world experience, you’ll study issues like homelessness, drug and alcohol use, disability and mental health as well as social welfare policies and the safeguarding of adults and children.

Fundamentally, you'll develop the skills to work with adults, children and young people in a range of circumstances and learn how to safeguard and protect people where required.

Social workers support people when they need it most. You’ll also engage with their families and liaise with organisations like the police, the NHS and schools.

We're founder members of the Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership, giving you access to local employers of social work practitioners. And thanks to those strong relationships, you'll get a range of placement experiences from inner city to market towns and seaside resorts. This provides you with a breadth of experience that makes you highly employable after graduation.

This programme is accredited by Social Work England which means you can apply to register as a qualified social worker on graduation. It also means you could be eligible to receive support from the NHS Social Work Bursary Scheme, which could help significantly with your living and study costs.

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Six reasons to study Social Work at Hull

  1. Most UK students eligible for NHS bursaries
  2. 97% graduate employability rating§
  3. Ranked 11th Overall in the UK **
  4. Accredited by Social Work England
  5. Benefit from extended placements
  6. Strong links with main employers in the area

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

Throughout your study, you will undertake two placements of 70 and 100 days in duration. We have a wide range of statutory and voluntary placements available throughout the Humber region, which provide both stimulating and supportive opportunities to integrate theory and practice.

  • Core

    Becoming a Professional

    This integration of professional values, theoretical knowledge and practice skills will prepare you in every sense for social work practice.

    Human Development Across the Lifespan

    Study child, adolescent and adult development, focusing on attachment, separation and loss. Develop skills in observation, communication and assessment.

    Social Work and Society

    Explore sociological theories and concepts which inform our understanding of societal structures and processes. Learn about life-affecting social divisions and inequalities. 

    Social Work: Theory and Practice

    Explore the role of theory in social work practice. You'll cover topics such as power; values and anti-oppressive practice; and the social work process, to name just a few.

    Social Work and the Law

    An overview of 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.

    Becoming a Research-Minded Practitioner

    An introduction to the importance of developing a critical and continuing understanding of knowledge and research. Translate current research findings into social work practice.

Second year modules

In year two, you will complete your first 70-day placement and study.

  • Core

    Social Work with Adults

    Focusing on adults in the community, this module addresses social care for disabled people and people with long-term health needs, adult protection and the harm and abuse of adults.

    Developing Critical Approaches to Mental Health

    Study the social, political and economic contexts of mental health and distress, and the framework which governs the understanding and management of mental health problems. 

    Becoming a Professional: Risks, Rights and Responsibilities

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

    Understanding the Contexts of Service Users' Lives

    Combining theory and practice, this module runs alongside your placement. You'll refine reflective practice whilst integrating theories, methods and models with practice experiences.

    First Placement (70 days)

    Taken with a social work agency or organisation, the first 70-day placement is exciting and challenging. This experience will help you develop and refine your knowledge and skills.

Final year modules

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

  • Core

    Becoming a Professional: Decision Making and Professional Judgement

    Explore the processes of professional decision making. With a practice focus, you'll learn about the synthesis of complex information and factors that may distort decision making.

    Last Placement (100 days)

    Your 100-day placement will be in a contrasting setting to your first and will include some statutory work. There are also specialist opportunities such as palliative social work.

    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. 

    Social Work with Children and Families

    Explore issues concerning the support and protection of children in need and their families. You'll discuss the importance of engaging children, neglect and alternative care provision.

  • Choose two

    Domestic Abuse

    Understand concepts which underpin social work responses to domestic abuse. Specialist practitioners will provide perspectives exploring risk, safeguarding and gender.

    Working with Young Offenders

    Think critically about the youth justice system in relation to the welfare needs of young people. You'll understand the social work contribution to multi-professional practice.

    Social Work and Substance Misuse

    Explore the reasons people use illicit substances and how they change 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. You'll understand the processes of loss and grief, and the models that help us to understand the effects on the individual, the family and wider systems.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

If you’re enrolled on a full-time programme of study, you’ll be expected to complete about 40 hours of academic work each week.

How you’ll learn

Indicative assessment proportions

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry requirements

Typical offer

  • A level grades BBB

  • BTEC grades DDM

  • Points required 120

Work out your estimated points

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

For guidance on which alternative qualifications are acceptable please contact

Alternative qualifications

All applicants must have GCSE Maths and English Language Grade 4 or C, or equivalent

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 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.

If you require a 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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.

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Fees and funding


£9,250 per year*


£15,400 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan of up to £9,978 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

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

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Social worker
  • Drug and alcohol specialist
  • Community worker
  • Welfare rights advisor
  • Youth justice officer
  • Housing officer

As well as social work, you could pursue a range of other careers and roles. The skills learned can be applied directly in fields such as policing and charity work, or could be adapted to alternative careers with a people-focus, such as counselling.

Some students even go on to set up their own social enterprises to help meet the needs of their local communities.

Read about Clare's experiences as a Social Work student.

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§Percentage of students from this subject area in work or further study within 15 months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers, Graduate Outcomes survey for the academic year 2018/19, published by HESA July 2021.

** The Complete University Guide 2023