You will be able to undertake modules from across our wide range of postgraduate health and social care courses, allowing you to align your studies with your interests and ambitions. You might want to move into management and take on further responsibilities in the world of social care, supporting and safeguarding adults, young people and children. Alternatively, you might want to specialise by working in the field of substance abuse, for example.
You will learn from an experienced teaching team of qualified practitioners from across the health and social care professions, including social work and adult and mental health nursing. We also invite senior specialist practitioners from local authorities to deliver lectures that provide the latest knowledge and real-world insights from their field.
You'll take part in interactive workshops and discussion groups, deliver group projects and even experience simulated practice sessions, to develop your own unique perspectives on current approaches to social care.
Learning alongside students from a variety of health and social care roles provides an opportunity to learn best practice, share experiences, and challenge people's actions and perceptions. This could include colleagues who are in nursing and mental health roles, giving you a broader, more critical view on the topics you are both working with and studying.
We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.
Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.
Mature ApplicantsOur University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
BA (Hons) Social Work
From values and ethics to more practical things like assessing and care planning, my degree prepared me for any field of social care. I was able to hit the ground running and make confident decisions that help improve people's lives.
Teaching and learning
Develop critical reflection skills and knowledge in order to enhance your professional capability and promote ethical practice and effective partnerships.
Study leadership and management from both theoretical and practice perspectives, and critically evaluate theories, models and styles of leadership and management.
Explore concepts of vulnerability and citizenship in adult health and social care and the practitioner's role in applying legal and policy frameworks to safeguard adults.
Critically analyse and evaluate your practice as educators for social work workplace settings. Analyse and examine experiences and evaluate and transform practice from learning accordingly.
Explore different types of information about health and social care and critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.
Gain an advanced understanding of the knowledge, skills and values that underpin effective safeguarding practice with children, young people and their families.
By producing a substantial research project on your chosen topic of interest, you will demonstrate developmental learning in breadth and depth, in addition to a variety of academic and practical skills. You will be allocated a supervisor to support and guide them through this process.
Critically appraise approaches of mental health and illness drawing on historical perspectives, and analyse contemporary mental health and related policy within the UK.
Develop your professional knowledge and skills within the new legislative and ethical frameworks in order to carry out this important statutory safeguarding function and role.
Develop autonomy in your professional development in a specific area of practice, negotiating individual aims and learning outcomes which reflect professional or personal learning needs.
Develop a critical understanding of key concepts relating to leadership and management roles, as well as a reflexive understanding of practice leadership and management skills.
Understand the prevalence of substance use within contemporary society and its associated policy context. Focus on the assessment, intervention and management of complex substance users.
Our courses are taught by academics and practitioners who have specialisms across a range of health and social care subject areas, so the course designs reflect the requirements and expectations of UK health and social care professions. Students engaging in our training experience a dynamic academic environment which is borne from more than 25 years' experience in facilitating creative career development pathways.
Fees & funding
See further information on financing your studies.
Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.
It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.
Once you've decided what course to study, here is a step-by-step guide of what to do next.
Apply directly to us via our online application site *.
* Exceptions to this are:
- Teacher Training (PGCE & EYTS)
- PG Dip Legal Practice PG Dip Law
- Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR): Advanced Certificate & Advanced Diploma
- MA Social Work
- MA Art Psychotherapy
- PGCert/PGDip/MA Play Therapy
4YOUR OFFERReceive your offer - remember, the sooner you apply the sooner an offer can be made. Please note that certain courses do have set application deadlines so you should check before applying. Some courses may require you to attend an interview or submit a portfolio before an offer can be made.
5SEND US YOUR RESULTSIf we make you a conditional offer, send us your results as soon as you have these so we can confirm your place.
6ACCOMMODATIONApply for our university accommodation if you need it.
7INTERNATIONAL STUDENTSCheck visa regulations and apply for your CAS number if necessary.
8FEES & FUNDINGDiscover more about your funding options and set up your fee payments.
9ONLINE REGISTRATION & ENROLMENTReceive your online registration and enrolment information.
10WELCOME WEEKAttend Welcome Week and begin your course.