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Why choose us?

Why choose us?

Humber Social Work Teaching Partnership offers a different way of learning. The study programme has been developed by both academics and practitioners, providing students with a more holistic experience. We see your education as a journey of learning, practical experience and finally employment, and one which we will fully support you on.

With a high percentage of employment across the region within six months, our approach aims to support graduates to be confident, competent that are ‘work-ready’ and highly attractive to prospective employers.

Traditional social work courses tend to be classroom-based, typically with high numbers of undergraduates, so students don’t get access to the same levels of support or intensive training and mentoring available through the University of Hull.

The teaching programme has been developed by the partners who will also help deliver this, whilst academics will be coming back into practice to keep up to date with latest practices and procedures. Each local authority has a lead social worker who will be involved in delivery whilst service users and carers sit on the board of the Partnership and help shape what students are studying.

But this is not just about cutting edge academic learning. Students will also get two statutory placements as part of the course so that they graduate “work-ready” and are guaranteed an interview with partners upon graduation.

And this is a great place to live, study and work. With a choice of stunning rural, exciting urban and beautiful coastal locations, there is something here for everybody, whilst living costs are amongst the most competitive in the UK. The different environments also provide a unique opportunity to gain experience in the breadth of social work challenges faced by people living in these different communities.

The location

The course

The MA in Social Work at The University of Hull enables you to develop a sound grounding in social work skills, knowledge and values and we are committed to training you to the highest intellectual and professional standards. This innovative and challenging two-year programme has been validated by the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). Those who successfully complete the programme will be eligible to apply to register as a qualified Social Worker with the HCPC.

Input from Social Work practitioners and people with lived experience in the delivery or co-delivery of lectures, workshops and seminars, creates an enriched learning environment for students. This close relationship with practice throughout the course of the programme will ensure that students are equipped to deliver compassionate social work practice that makes a positive difference to people’s lives.

The HSWTP provides high-quality statutory placements, which offer excellent learning opportunities and support in practice leading graduates seamlessly to the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).

What makes us unique?


All students will undertake 2 statutory placements to prepare them for practice in a statutory Social Work setting. Placements can be undertaken across the Humber region in a range of organisations providing the statutory Social Work function including Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and Community Interest Companies. With a number of service delivery models in operation across the region, students have access to experiences of different approaches to Social Work Practice.

Here in the Humber region, we also have a thriving Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) Sector in which Social Work makes a valuable contribution to the work undertaken with individuals and communities. To enhance students learning and development and provide a range of practice experiences relating to the 6 key themes of knowledge and understanding for effective Social Work; Domestic Abuse and Violence; Substance Misuse; Loss, Disability; Social Exclusion; Mental Health; students can undertake integrated placement opportunities within a specialist service. During an integrated placement, the student will be supported by a Practice Educator in a Statutory Social Work Team and will spend an agreed amount of time undertaking work in a PVI Sector organisation supported by a Specialist Mentor.

Professional Learning Teams

Professional Learning Teams (PLT’s) bring students, academics and practitioners together to consolidate learning in the pursuit of developing professionally confident, resilient, independent thinking Social Work graduates.

PLT’s are a safe environment in which students can explore the realities of the Social Work profession, the challenges facing Social Workers in practice and the ways in which we overcome them individually and as a team. A place to develop openness, creativity and emotional intelligence, PLT’s provide the underpinning connectedness between academia and practice.

Lead by an Academic Lecturer and a Senior Social Work Practitioner PLT’s enable students to develop professional identity, gain experience of the application of legislation and statutory process and build confidence and skills in evidence based decision making. This approach contributes to preparing newly qualified social workers to enter the workforce with a commitment to best practice and the knowledge and skills to provide empathetic, rights based, person centred Social Work to our communities.

The student experience?

The University of Hull is committed to the ultimate in student experience. With our luxury on-campus accommodation, The Lawns Student village and student properties in the vibrant avenues of the Newland Ward and Cottingham, student living really is at its best. Our award-winning Student Union ensures Students are provided with a range of support services and representation across all areas of the University including access to over 100 societies and sports clubs. Alongside this are state of the art sports and fitness facilities that are currently undergoing exciting improvements, our own bar and nightclub complex and a plethora of fabulous and varied food outlets. There is so much on offer – why go anywhere else

The lifestyle

Living, studying and working in East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire really does offer the best of all worlds.

Within the space of an hour you can go from a bustling, vibrant city to walking on the Wolds to-strolling on a golden sandy beach.

Low commute to work times help achieve work-life balance, competitive house prices, a fantastic choice of schools and areas of unrivalled natural beauty – whatever a great quality of life means to you, we’re pretty sure you’ll find it here.

But this isn’t some sleepy backwater. The area is home to the 2017 City of Culture with a vibrant waterfront, museums quarter and booming bar and restaurant scene.

And the area has seen billions of pounds worth of private sector investment across multiple thriving industries and has become a world leader in the renewables energy sector. Public sector improvements such as multi-million pound leisure and cultural facilities, retail and historical realm works are also being made across all four local authorities – enhancing the area’s vibrancy and helping establish a legacy for future generations to come.

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