Social Work Students

What courses do the Partnership’s three universities offer?

Nottingham Trent University offers both BA (Hons) and MA courses in Social Work.  Both are Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degrees which will qualify and prepare you for the role of a social worker. They have been designed to enable you to progress into employment and integrate both academic and practice work-based modules.



The University of Derby offers an MA course in Social Work which is approved by the HCPC.  Your first year will give you the opportunity to develop core skills and knowledge in subjects such as Social Work Law and Policy, Critical Perspectives of Social Work and a placement of 80 days. In your second year you’ll build on the knowledge and skills acquired in year one, and you’ll continue to develop your practical and reflective skills in a 90 day placement. You’ll then engage in a research project which will encourage you to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge to research and practice.

Find out about and apply for MA Social Work at the University of Derby.

Social work at the University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham has been providing social work education for over sixty years and in the 2018 Complete University Guide was ranked as no.1 for social work.

We currently offer BA (Hons) Social Work and MA Social Work programmes.  Both of these programmes are HCPC-accredited, meaning that you will be qualified to practice as a Social Worker in England.  You will be taught by experienced and qualified social workers, who will draw on both their practice experience and their published research to deliver teaching which is intellectually challenging and practice-relevant.  We use a diverse range of assessments, including not only essays and exams but also service-user interviews, presentations, posters, observation exercises, case study analysis and portfolios.

Admissions process

Recruitment and selection of social work students follows a three-stage process:

  1. Apply via UCAS (for either BA or MA).
  2. If you meet our entry criteria (see links below for details), you will be invited to an assessment day. During the assessment day you will do a written exercise and take part in a service user-led group discussion and reflection exercise.
  3. If you are successful at the assessment day, you will be invited back for an interview day. This will involve being interviewed by a panel of two people: a current practitioner and a member of the academic team; and undertaking a communication skills exercise.

Placement opportunities

All students, whether studying on the BA or MA, undertake two placements during the course of their studies. The first placement is for 80 days and the final placement is for 90 days.  Whilst on placement, you will be supported by a qualified Practice Educator and receive visits from your university tutor. Placements are based in a wide range of social work settings, working across all D2N2 partner agencies. Placement settings include – but are not limited to – opportunities to work with children and families, young offenders, older adults, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health difficulties and many other service user groups.

To read more about our social work courses, apply to study with us, or find out more about the University of Nottingham, please follow the links below:

Find out about and apply for BA Social Work at University of Nottingham.

Find out about and apply  for MA Social Work at University of Nottingham.

Find out more about the University of Nottingham.

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