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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 13450 per year

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About Social Work at Nottingham Trent University

This Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree will prepare you for the role of a social worker. It has been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrates both academic and practice work-based modules.

Do you want to make a difference to people's lives? Then our Social Work degree is for you. You will gain the knowledge and skills that could really change someone's life.

Why choose this course?

  • We work closely with employers in the statutory and independent sectors to ensure our course content retains a focus on the people entitled to use the services. It also helps to ensure that you are ready for professional practice when you qualify.
  • Teaching is carried out by staff from a range of professional backgrounds and is underpinned by research, providing you with a great balance between academic and applied educational experiences. Throughout the course, we provide a strong emphasis on professionalism, values and the links between social work theory and practice.
  • You'll complete assessed placements, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces.

Learn from our experts

You'll be taught by an expert team of enthusiastic staff who are qualified professionals and come from a range of professional environments in social work and the health and social care sector. They are widely published in their field and the course content is informed by their specific research interests, which ensures you have an up-to-date and relevant learning experience.

How you're taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop:

  • problem-solving skills
  • group working
  • analysis
  • debating skills
  • presentation skills
  • the ability to discuss a wide range of views effectively.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one, you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work.
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on.
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, your personal circumstances, or your university experience.

During your time on the course you will also have the support of a personal tutor, who will work with you on both academic and work-based learning throughout your degree.

Social Work at Nottingham Trent University is ranked 3rd out of 76 for the number of final year students who are satisfied with the feedback and assessment by lectures on their course, according to The Guardian's 2016 university league table.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course, the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors, and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual Learning Environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework-based essays, reports and presentations. You'll also be assessed using formal examinations and online tests. The Assessed Practice Learning Periods form an integral part of the assessment process, and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations.

In response to student feedback, the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd, and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for. Current Social Work student, Manisha Mahendra Patel is engaging with new forms of social work debate. She has become a national student ambassador for the Social Work Social Media website, which shares and blogs about all things social work-related. She is in touch with key figures in social work development, and is a voice for student social work matters on a national stage.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (66%), written (17%) and practical (17%)
  • Year 2 coursework (66%), written (17%) and practical (17%)
  • Year 3 coursework (100%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (68%) and placements (7%)
  • Year2 lectures/seminars/workshops (17%), independent study (54%) and placements (29%)
  • Year3 lectures/seminars/workshops (12%), independent study (44%) and placements (44%)

Careers and employability

Excellent work experience opportunities

You'll undertake an assessed placement, which will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience of being a full-time social worker in a range of different workplaces. These form an integral part of the assessment process, and are arranged and assessed by the University in partnership with social work organisations.

In Year One you'll complete 30 practice skills days, which are incorporated into the Preparing for Professional Social Work Practice module – including a readiness-to-practice interview and 10 practice skill days in local agencies on a shadowing or observational basis.

In Year Two you'll complete 70 placement days, and then 100 days in your final year. We will endeavour to arrange your final placement in the setting you hope to work in after you qualify.

We have well-established partnerships with local social work agencies that provide opportunities for experience in a variety of settings, primarily in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Your career development

You'll graduate with the confidence, experience and ability to make a difference to people's lives.

Social work is very demanding and carries a lot of responsibility. It's also a regulated profession. All social workers must register with the regulator and agree to abide by a code of practice. On completing the degree you may be eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and you will need to abide by a code of ethics and behaviour in relation to the profession. In addition, many employers will be offering an Assessed Year in Employment to newly qualified social workers.

Please be aware that an aegrotat award certificate allowing a student to obtain their degree despite illness etc., or any other exit award granted to students who do not complete the course, does not confer eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council register or for annotation of an individual's current registration.

The course has an excellent employability record, and many of our students enter the profession by working in services for children or adults. Opportunities may also exist in social services departments, the private and independent sector, educational welfare, services such as guidance-providing agencies, careers services, and youth justice.

The social work job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent graduates are following:*

  • Social worker
  • Community care officer
  • Child protection officer
  • Young persons team case manager
  • Independent mental capacity advocate
  • Care manager
  • Adult mental health worker
  • Community carer
  • Senior support worker

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2011-12 and 2014-15

Our Employability team

We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.


With ever-increasing pressures of public accountability upon social workers, our Social Work degree has recognised the need to ensure that you are prepared for all kinds of scrutiny in the professional environment. In conjunction with Nottingham Law School, which has authentic court rooms based in the Chaucer building, we are now testing our students in their court report skills by having them present to expert panels in the mock court rooms.

As a Social Sciences student, you will also have easy access to the fantastic facilities in the Chaucer and Taylor buildings. These include:

  • Lecture theatres and teaching classrooms
  • Open access PCs and secure wireless points
  • Study areas and social spaces
  • Chaucer café serving drinks and light snacks
  • Our brand new School of Social Sciences reception, providing you with easy access to our helpful and friendly support staff.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

The tuition fee for UK home students joining NTU in 2018/19 on a full-time undergraduate/foundation degree programme, will be £9,250.

The fee for those who have a year-long placement as part of a sandwich course, or spend a year studying or working abroad will be published here once confirmed.

The University reviews its tuition fees each year. The fees for Home (UK / EU) undergraduate students for 2018-19 are £9250. As a guide and to enable you to plan your finances the current expectation is that the University’s current fee of £9250 per annum may increase for subsequent years of study in line with inflation and as specified by the Government.

Entry requirements

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2018 entry you will need:

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

If you are working towards your GCSE English Language and / or Maths or equivalent qualification, please ensure you mention this on your application form.

In addition to the entry requirements listed above, you will also need to:

There may also be other recommendations, such as a vaccination programme, before any placements can be undertaken.

Interview dates

Interview dates may be subject to change and will be confirmed to successful applicants when they are invited to interview.

Foundation courses
If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements, please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you're already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification, please visit our foundation  courses page.

English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test, and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements, please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements, please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Important information

Social Work at NTU has a limited number of places available to ensure that you receive a good quality placement experience. In exceptional circumstances this may result in the course becoming full before you have completed the admissions process. In this situation we will offer you the opportunity to be considered for the following year's entry.

Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University, please contact our international team for advice.

University preparation courses
If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be interested in our pre-Masters or Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), which leads onto this postgraduate or undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

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