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 a range of social work settings. **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 will meet the Health and Care Professions Council's standards of proficiency for social work through learning and teaching which includes • assessment, planning, intervention and review • skill development • a dissertation • psychosocial knowledge • professional ethics • law and policy • social work theory and practice models.. 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 which include service users and practitioners to come in and discuss topical issues such as child protection, adult safeguarding, human trafficking and child sexual exploitation. Because social workers need to work with many other professionals, you study alongside students and staff from related disciplines. For example, you practise giving evidence in court with law students, and barristers and judges visit the university to cross-examine you in our courtroom. Service users and carers are central to all aspects of the course delivery and development, including teaching, assessment and placements. The ways in which the course are assessed include essays, presentations, exams, a dissertation and practice placements. **Placements and work experience** Practical work experience is at the heart of this course. We have a 100% record of placing students in quality-audited placements. You spend 170 days putting what you’ve learned into practice in real working situations, such as • social work teams • family centres • primary care practices • hospitals • mental health settings • women's refuges and a range of family support services for vulnerable people. These placements take place with our partners in local authority, private and voluntary agencies across South Yorkshire and the North East Midlands. Previous students have worked in statutory local authority social work teams, NHS mental health units, youth offending teams working with the police, and charities including the NSPCC, Age UK, Barnados, Mind and Women's Aid. Your placements are supported by 30 specialist skills days. You work with experts, professionals and service users on specific topics such as how to assess risky behaviour, or interventions for safeguarding children. In your final year, we run a workshop with employers on how to apply for jobs in social work. There are also opportunities to spend time studying abroad. Previous students have attended a summer school in Berlin, gaining new, international perspectives on social work and discovering how it is practised around the world. **Facilities** During the time you spend at university, you are based at our Collegiate Crescent Campus which includes our £13 million purpose-built Robert Winston Building, a newly built Heart of the Campus complex and a learning centre which is open 24 hours and seven days a week. You use specialist facilities including our courtroom, where you learn how to give evidence, and our virtual reality training environment which is used to practise different cases.