Social work degree coursesSocial work degree courses

To become a social worker you will need to study a three-year undergraduate degree or a two-year postgraduate degree in social work that is approved by Social Work England. You will also need to pass background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Within Yorkshire and the Humber we’re lucky to have a wealth of courses within our universities and colleges where you can undertake your social work degree and training.

Entry requirements

For more information on routes into children’s social work and entry requirements for courses, go to The path to a career in children’s social work.

Step Up to Social Work

Step Up to Social Work is an intensive full-time, fully funded, training programme that could see you start a career as a social worker in just 14 months. Challenging yet hugely rewarding, it’s your fast track to making a real difference in people’s lives.

Find out more.  Note: The next Step Up To Social Work cohort will be accepting applications in February 2019. We will add further information as it becomes available.


As part of your social work training, you will have the opportunity to do a placement. They are an essential part of gaining a practical insight into what a social worker does. Placements will enable you to put the skills you’ve learnt into practice in the real world.

Social worker placements are supported by local authorities, as well as provided directly by your university or college. They can vary in length depending on the Higher Educational Institute, but guidelines suggest that they cover 200 days in practice.

Universities and colleges in our region

Bradford College social work courses

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Leeds Beckett University

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Sheffield Hallam University

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University of Bradford

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University of Huddersfield

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University of Hull

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University of Leeds

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University of Sheffield

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University of York

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