The course combines academic study with practice to give you a challenging professional qualification in Social Work. Together with Social Services departments and Voluntary Agencies, we plan and manage your programme. We are committed to increasing the involvement of carers and people that use the services of Social Workers in the programme planning and delivery. You have the option of completing Level Four over two years, leading to an award at the end of four years.
This course is approved by the Health Care Professions Council.
Social work is a regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a social work student you will be expected to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on successful completion of the course and adhere to the standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the HCPC also regulate the performance of social work courses. For more information visit: www.hcpc-uk.org
To help inform your decision, our Student Ambassadors would be more than willing to share their experiences with you as part of the application process.
Some Modules are studied alongside students on other Higher Education courses including Community and Youth Work routes, giving you a great opportunity to share experiences. Other Modules are specifically designed to meet the needs of Social Workers and will develop your skills in: Working with children and families, people with learning and physical disabilities, older people and people with mental health issues. We are committed to helping you to develop skills in effective anti-discriminatory practice.
- Introduction to Psychology and Human Development
- Personal and Interpersonal Development
- Personal and Professional Development and Readiness for Direct Practice 1
- Social Work Theory and Practice
- The Politics of Social Policy
- Values, Law and Justice.
- Adult Social Work Practice
- Inter-Professional Working
- Law and Application to Social Work Practice
- Personal and Professional Development and Readiness for Direct Practice 2
- Professional Practice 1
- Social Work Practice with Children, Young People and Families.
- Evidence Based Practice
- Globalisation, Diversity and Cultural Difference in Social
- Mental Health and Disability
- Personal and Professional Development and Readiness for Professional Practice 3
- Professional Practice 2
- Independent Research Project.
The course aims to provide you with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience to succeed in the Social Work profession. You will develop a deep understanding of the application of Social Work theory in practice over the three years of the degree programme. You will especially be encouraged to explore your understanding of values and discrimination and will be challenged in a supportive environment to develop your skills and knowledge in these areas.
You will interact with the curriculum through involvement in student led seminars, presentations and discussions. The development of independent learning and leadership skills, including self-evaluation and conscious awareness of effective learning techniques is promoted through interactive teaching approaches such as personal tutorials, email and Moodle.
You will be supported to carry out an independent research project at Level 6.
At each Level, you will study aspects of Social Work and theory and your professional and personal development will be assessed to professional standards.
We provide excellent support for you through a variety of teaching methods including individual tutorials as well as support whilst on placement.
Blended learning through Moodle, the College's virtual learning environment, is used in all modules.
We use a range of assessment methods including:
- assessed skills days
The course includes placements of 70 days in Level 5 and 100 days in Level 6, which are designed to develop and challenge your practice skills, knowledge and understanding. Placement and college work are well integrated to support your professional development.
This qualification will allow you to specialise in mental health, children & families and adult practice.
120 UCAS tariff points. English and Mathematics GCSE at Grade C or equivalent qualification. IELTS level 7 in English for International students who are second language speakers.
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There may be opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for academic work in the last five years.
You should also provide evidence of 100 hours of paid or voluntary work experience before starting the course.
You will be required to undertake a written exercise and a group exercise and you will be interviewed as part of the selection procedure. We are looking for a commitment to social work as a career and to the values of anti-discriminatory practice and social inclusion.
Satisfactory DBS and health checks are also required.
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