Social Work MSci

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

17 September 2018


4 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB


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Places available (subject to change)


Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472272

About the course

This integrated master’s social work degree is a professional qualifying course which is designed to equip you with the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge to succeed in a future career in social work.

The four year programme combines undergraduate and postgraduate study into a single degree which will help to prepare you to work in all social care settings including residential, field, day care, healthcare and education within statutory, voluntary and private sectors, as well as multi-disciplinary settings and work teams.

The course is managed and delivered by long-standing partnerships between the University and local social work agencies including statutory, voluntary and service user-led organisations, and aims to produce practitioners who can critically reflect on their practice. You’ll be introduced to anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice within a complex and multi-cultural society, and within the context of professional and agency standards and requirements.

Social Work can be a challenging but rewarding profession, and at Huddersfield we take pride in helping you to develop the thoughtful, considerate and professional qualities you’ll need to succeed in your chosen career in social work. You’ll be taught by experienced staff with a variety of backgrounds in social care, as well as meet practitioners, service users and their carers’.

Throughout the course you’ll also have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice through undertaking work-shadowing, and in your third and fourth years you'll undertake work placements in a social work or related setting to support and enhance your learning. This will help to increase your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry.

The course is part of the Yorkshire Urban and Rural Teaching Partnership, an accredited Social Work Teaching Partnership between local authority employers and the Universities of Huddersfield and York. The partnership develops and delivers innovative and creative approaches to social work education and training for students, ensuring Social Workers are confident and creative practitioners with the skills required for working in statutory social work. The Partnership also offers high quality student placements and a social work curriculum that is co-developed and co-delivered by Social Workers and service users. Close working with local authority partners ensures students are supported to make the transition to Social Work practitioners and aware of available employment opportunities and post-qualifying social work progression pathways.

We’re pleased to be working with the University of Huddersfield on the development and delivery of the Integrated Masters in Health and Social Care. This close working has resulted in a responsive curriculum that is reflective of the realities of current social work practice and has been co-developed with regional Social Workers and service users. We’ve also worked in partnership to develop high quality social work placement opportunities which are essential to prepare graduates for the challenges of frontline Social Work. We look forward to supporting the progress of students throughout their degree and welcoming them as our future social work workforce. 


Julie Jenkins, Head of Early Intervention & Safeguarding, Calderdale Council Chair, Yorkshire Urban and Rural Social Work Teaching Partnership

Course Detail

Core modules:

Understanding Social Work

You'll be supported to develop the key skills required for undergraduate study, professional social work development and life-long learning. You'll also have the opportunity to develop autonomy in planning, managing and evaluating your own learning through discussions and debates in seminars. This module is assessed through coursework in the form of a portfolio, which will include a Professional Development Plan, a written essay, partly based on a recorded interview with a service user or carer and a presentation. Your tutor will also complete a report on your readiness to practice.

Introduction to Law and Social Policy

The module will introduce you to relevant English legislation and social policy underpinning health and social care practice. You'll cover topics including economic and political context of law and social policy, legislation and policy that applies to health and social care practice, the criminal justice system, work with children and families (including risk and safeguarding issues), work with adults (including risk and safeguarding issues), human rights and the political impact and influence upon law and social policy. The application of law and policy to the practice context will also be explored. This module is assessed through case studies and an in-class test.

Social Science and Professional Practice

This module introduces you to sociological and psychological ideas that are used to help us to understand people’s lives and circumstances. You'll have the opportunity to develop your understanding of these approaches, and consider the ways in which these impact upon professional practice in a range of social care settings. You’ll be assessed through coursework and a classroom based exam.

Working Together with Service Users and Carers

You’ll be given the opportunity to develop an understanding of what it is like to be a service user or a carer in today’s society. Your understanding of particular groups will be supported through a series of sessions delivered by service users, service providers and carers. This module is assessed through coursework.

Moses, graduated Social Work in 2017

“There are huge benefits of doing a social work degree programme at Huddersfield. The added learning opportunity of listening to regular guest speakers from all walks of life and interacting with real service users enhanced every student’s learning experience and development. All staff are enthusiastic and approachable, and the methods and style of teaching encourages students to engage during the lessons. They worked hard in ensuring every student enjoys the experience of learning and developing to their full potential.”

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level .

120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A level or a Distinction in a BTEC Subsidary Diploma.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

  • Access to Higher Education 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit.
  • 120 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications including Maths and English GCSE grade C or equivalent (can include IELTS for the English GCSE grade C equivalency).
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or equivalent.

A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check and references are required and applicants will be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must possess basic IT skills, including word processing, internet browsing and use of email.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate the potential to become confident, reflective and safe practitioners eligible for registration with the HCPC as a social worker who is able to uphold a positive image of the social work profession.

Successful overseas applicants must meet communication and comprehension skills to International English Language Systems (IELTS) at a score of 7.0 with no lower than 6.5 in any single component.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Care Leaver Story

Author, lecturer and service user Jenny Molloy, who was in care as a child, tells her story and explains how her experience as a care leaver helps students at the University of Huddersfield.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. This is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification, and a further 120 credits at masters level for an integrated masters award. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.



During the course you will undertake a compulsory 70 day work placement in year 3 and a compulsory 100 day work placement in year 4. These are managed and assessed by experienced practice educators who provide opportunities for you to develop and apply the knowledge, value base and professional capabilities required of social workers in qualified practice.

Placements are undertaken in wide variety of settings within the voluntary and statutory sectors. For example, you may work with local authorities, national charities, housing agencies, drug and alcohol services and a wide variety of other social care and welfare services. Previous placement providers have included working across a wide range of service user groups and you may have the opportunity to work with vulnerable adults, children and families, young people, people with learning disabilities or people with mental health issues.

I had an outstanding placement within a Children with Additional and Complex Needs Team, which challenged me on a day to day basis. The University thoroughly supported and encouraged me to achieve my goal of securing a role as a social worker within my placement organisation.



Nicole Stewart, graduated Social Work in 2017, now qualified Social Worker (children and families)

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career

We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions.

*Source: Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course are available, 90% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield you'll be taught by experienced staff with a variety of backgrounds in social care and you'll be supported in your practice placements by experienced social workers. We'll work with you to develop your skills, knowledge and values to enable you to become a confident professional.

You'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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