Social Work, Childhood, Youth and Education

Make a big difference to people’s lives - take the first step to a rewarding career with our social work, childhood, youth and education courses.

  • We are currently ranked No.6 in the UK for Social Work in the Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • Gain relevant experience with our placement year option* and put theory into practice in a range of organisations at home or abroad.
  • On successful completion of the Social Work course, you’ll be eligible to apply to register as a social worker with Social Work England.
  • We have excellent relationships with relevant agencies such as schools, local authority children’s and youth services, and a broad range of charities.
  • We designed our courses to help prepare you for a range of careers, such as social, youth and community work, family support or progression to teacher training.

Our Social Work, Childhood, Youth and Education facilities

Community houses students

Community houses

The Alison Gingell Building features two full-size residential homes. Our students use these to simulate working scenarios with different client groups.



The Library entrance students walking in and out

The Library

The Lanchester Library has a team of dedicated academic liaison librarians to give you specialist help and support. You’ll also have access to subject-specific databases of journal articles related to social work, social sciences, health and education.

Academic support staff assisting student at desk

Academic support

No matter which degree you’re studying, you’ll find a lot of support on campus, including the Centre of Academic Writing and sigma, which offers mathematics and statistics support.



More than a course

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