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Preparation for Social Work Professional

Take the first steps to a career as a qualified social or youth worker. The ‘Preparation for Social Work’ course provides an opportunity for non-traditional students to develop their knowledge, values and skills for higher education studies, in particular the Social Work BA (Hons).


Reasons to study Preparation for Social Work at DMU:

  • Taught by a team of knowledgeable practitioner staff; ensuring your learning is always at the forefront of developments and debates in the sector
  • You will receive full support in making contact with relevant voluntary sector organisations to enhance your practical experience and direct work with service users and carers
  • There are a number of opportunities for you to develop your skills in information technology - an essential aspect of social work practice
  • Benefit from guidance on preparation for UCAS applications and interviews
  • Extensive investment in our teaching facilities helps you to develop your practical and professional experience
  • DMU is the most-improved university in the UK, according to the 2015 Sunday Times Guide league tables
  • 98 per cent of all Health and Life Sciences graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2013/14)
  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS, find out more #ichoseDMU

During the course you will develop your academic study skills alongside practice experience and knowledge, and understand the role and function of social work in Britain.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: L50028

Duration: Teaching generally occurs across semester one and two starting in September and ending in March. Successful applicants are required to attend one half day session a week during this time

Location: De Montfort University Leicester

Fees and funding: £988 per 15 credits

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Key facts for international students

Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

There are no formal entry requirements to the Preparation for Social Work Professional module. However you are required to demonstrate a good level of literacy skill as part of the selection process.

It is designed for applicants who want to undertake social work training and who will be in a position to do so after the successful completion of the programme.

Applicants are asked to attend an information and application day where they complete an application form and a written test. The ability to complete the form and communicate information using good basic written skills is essential.

Social Work  Preparation: 15 credits


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Teaching contact hours 


The Preparation for social work course consists of one module  which is  currently designed to address the following areas:

  • Developing study skills required for academic writing and success
  • Developing an understanding of professional practice in the context of social work practice using the professional capability framework (BASW:2015)
  • Gaining the relevant experience
  • Preparation for UCAS applications and interviews

You will be taught by expert social work staff who have a background in professional practice. Learning and teaching methods typically include;

  • Face-to-face sessions
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Directed reading
  • Group discussions
  • Small group work activities
  • E-learning facilities

The programme consists of one module which takes place from September to March, one half day per week . Assessment typically consists of two compulsory assignments; a formative assignment, which will provide you with feedback on your academic writing skills, and a summative assignment.

Both are assessed at undergraduate level and once you have passed the assignments you will be awarded 15 academic credits that demonstrate your ability to study and write to undergraduate level 4 assessment requirements. 

Typically you will have up to 3 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: approx. 3  hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Personal study: approx. 12 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences 


Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.

During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.

We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



Student will be offered support to make contact with relevant voluntary sector organisations in order to meet the practice hours required for the application to the Social Work BA (Hons) degree (if needed). 


Graduate careers

This module will prepare you to apply for the Social Work BA (Hons), which could lead to a career as qualified social or youth worker.



International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.

Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.

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