We offer hands-on practical skill development sessions on top of your academic modules.
These sessions prepare you for your first placement, providing structured opportunities to practice key skills and to develop your understanding of the social work role, without the immediate pressure of assessment, and without the need to be in a social worker role with service users and carers.
We also provide opportunities later in the course to develop more advanced skills.
In years two and three you will undertake two assessed practice placements in contrasting settings, one of which must include statutory tasks.
The first will run for 70 days in year one and the second for 100 days in year two.
You will need to be prepared to travel to practice placements within a 30-mile radius of the University of Bradford, and many placement providers will expect students to possess a full UK driving licence.
Learning and assessment
We recognise that students all learn in different ways and our teaching and assessment methods reflect this.
Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, and tutorials.
You will be allocated a personal academic tutor who will support you in your studies. Assessment methods include academic essays, group presentations, poster presentations and portfolios.
In addition to your academic studies, the Division of Social Work and Social Care has a strong history of supporting our students to develop their employability skills.
The JB Priestley Library has excellent resources for research. Student Central and the Richmond Atrium have cafes, bookshops and meeting spaces.
Students also have access to the Communal area of the ground floor of Pemberton building and can also book meeting rooms in the Library for collaborative learning and groupwork.
Entry requirements - work experience
Applicants need to demonstrate they have a minimum of 100 hours of relevant social care work experience. This should have been undertaken within the last two years.
Experience in a social care setting (either paid or voluntary) is essential. We also welcome experience in social work overseas, either because you lived there or because you have undertaken paid or voluntary work in another country. Relevant social care experience includes direct work with people and could include:
- Direct work with people who need practical or emotional help or support either through face-to-face work or on an individual or group basis or telephone work.
- Mentoring or counselling.
- Care work (such as working as a health care assistant).
- Youth work.
- Working with children or young people who are socially excluded or have additional emotional and/or practical support needs.
- Placements through school or college which has been undertaken within the last 2 years at the point of application.
- Personal experience of caring for a relative or friend where you have had first-hand experience of social services or social work intervention; having a parent(s) who is a foster carer.
- Personal experience as a service-user of social work intervention.
We attach importance not only to the amount of experience that you have gained but crucially to the learning that you have gained from it and are able to bring to the course and your professional development. It is helpful if you include the following information in your personal statement:
- Your roles and responsibilities.
- Reflections on the ways in which your experience has helped to prepare you for social work
As part of the selection process, we interview short-listed candidates prior to making offers.