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Course Overview: BA Social Work

This is a three year, full time course that meets the current requirements to enable graduates to register as a Social Worker:

The first year of the course contains the foundations to prepare students for practice placement. This includes  studies in psychology, sociology, social work related law, values and anti-oppressive practice, the fundamentals of practice with different service user groups, interprofessional collaboration, the experience of shadowing a social worker, and a test that meets Dept of Health requirements that the readiness of each student to begin practice has been assessed as satisfactory.

The second year commences with the first 70 day placement. The second half of that academic year is full time academic study, for modules on Social work practice both in UK and internationally, and two more interprofessional modules on evidence based practice and developing interprofessional collaboration.

In the final year of the programme, the first semester is spent on further academic studies in law and ethics, collaborative practice and on generating and using evidence for the evaluation of practice. The second placement is 100 days and starts in Semester Two.

BA Social Work Course Overview (PDF, 34.9KB)

Course Overview: Masters in Social Work (MSW)

The MSW is a postgraduate pre-registration programme leading to qualification as a social worker. The course aims to enable students to become effective social work practitioners, capable of working within a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations. Commencing in January each year, the course is full time. Practice teaching is over 170 days. There are 4 taught modules in Year 1 of the course and 3 in Year 2, together with a dissertation for students wishing to attain the Master's award in addition to the professional qualification. Service users and carers are closely involved in all aspects of the course, from selection through teaching and learning to assessment. Ethics and values are integrated throughout the teaching, along with all other elements conforming to the benchmark requirements of the subject.

The Masters in Social Work award has the potential to produce enhanced social work practitioners, as a consequence of their higher-level qualifications. Graduates from the programme will be able to offer a range of skills: in applied research and evidence based practice, combined with personal leadership and enhanced analytical skills.

Masters in Social Work Course Overview (PDF, 766.6KB)

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Skills Days

Students attend 30 Social Work Skills Days during the programme. These are under continual review in order to ensure that the content of the Skills Days reflects contemporary Social Work practice priorities. In each of the three academic years 10 skills days are interwoven with the students' Practice Learning Experiences.