Department of Social Work and Social Care

Undergraduate study

Social Work at Sussex

Social Work is a challenging profession that draws on both academic and practice-based learning to enable practitioners to work in a meaningful way with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our society.

There is a great demand, both locally and nationally, for well-qualified social workers who are able to practise in a reflective and informed manner. 

The School has an impressive employment record with a high proportion of graduates entering graduate-level employment in a related field within six months of graduation. 

Our commitment to high-quality teaching and pedagogic innovation is evidenced through league table successes with our Department of Social Work and Social Care, and the number of academic faculty holding local and national teaching awards.

How to become a social worker in the UK

The School of Education and Social Work has excellent partnerships with local employers. Find out about placement opportunities on the Social Work BA. The course leader is Dr Tam Cane.

You may also be interested in the Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA, officially offered by the Department of Education but with teaching delivered by faculty from various disciplines, including Social Work and Social Care. The course leader is Dr Rachel Burr.

Childhood and Youth Studies

The School of Education and Social Work prides itself on its academic staff's expertise in the study of childhood and youth.

We welcome applications for our multidisciplinary Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice BA course from candidates who are keen to pursue a broad, challenging and rewarding degree. Local and international students are welcomed

The participatory nature of both courses provides opportunities to share and develop interests in working with children and young people in a broad range of environments and contexts. Both degrees prepare graduates for a diverse range of careers, or for further study.

In the video below, two Childhood and Youth: Theory and Practice students, Roza and Mae, share their experiences of being on placement.

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