Prepare for a career in social work with a course that is well connected with social work and social care service providers in the region. As a result of these connections, you get the benefit of supervised practical work in social work settings on this degree. **What you study** You study the theories, skills and values of social work, learning how to work with people who have problems in their lives or whose actions cause significant problems for others. You follow the Health and Care Professions Council guidelines for training. We make sure your learning is up to date so you graduate with the latest thinking on current areas of importance in the sector. We invite experts from the social work field to come in and discuss topical issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse and child sexual exploitation. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values that enhance your employment opportunities, give you a strong professional identity as well as confidence in working with different professional groups and agencies. **Placements and work experience** Practical work experience is at the heart of this course and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces. The Social Work Department at Sheffield Hallam University is due to join The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership in April 2018 and as a result we will be able to offer all our BA social work students guaranteed placements within a local authority social work team undertaking statutory with service users. During placement periods, you spend 5 days/37 hours per week putting what you’ve learned on the course into practice. Attendance on placements is mandatory. Placement providers will be offering services to children, families and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding is at the heart of the social work profession and alongside this you learn how to offer support to service users through difficult times. You maintain professional relationships with service users, often acting as a guide and advocate. Sometimes you need to use your professional judgment to make tough decisions that might not always be well received by those you are trying to help. Your placement attendance, learning and practice is assessed as part of your course. On placement, you work with other professionals, service users and carers. You develop your knowledge and skills in assessment, planning of services, social work interventions, and reviewing service users' needs. You apply the professional value base of social work. On placement, your attendance reflects the working times of the team you are placed with. This may involve shift work including weekends, evenings and nights. It will be necessary to travel to or live near the placements. There is a range of support on placement. You receive regular weekly support on your placement which includes formal supervision by your Practice Educator. The Practice Educator is a registered social worker who also needs to be further accredited to take on this role. In addition your University tutor will visit you on placement. There are planned visits at the start of placement, to undertake a learning agreement meeting with your Practice Educator, and also midway through your placement to review your progress. Your University tutor will also be on hand during your placement for any additional support you may require. There may be additional costs associated with attending placement - including travel and appropriate car insurance for business use. You need to wear appropriate dress and clothing as required by the placement setting. **Professional recognition** This social work degree is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Graduates are eligible to apply to register with them. You must be registered with the HCPC to practise as a social worker in the UK.