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Social Work

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-A,B,B

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM-DDM

UCAS Tariff

104-128

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

Are you a ‘people person’? Do you possess patience and perseverance? As a social worker, you will work with some of the most vulnerable groups in society, supporting them to overcome their personal barriers in order to lead a dignified life.

This is no doubt one of the most valuable careers you can choose so, if you love the idea of helping people in a truly meaningful way, our BSc (Hons) Social Work degree could be the perfect course for you.

**Why study this subject?**
Knowing how to help someone overcome the challenges they face in life isn’t easy, but this course will give you the insight and understanding to do just that.

As a Social Worker you'll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and exclusion and you'll be passionate about working towards solutions and managing each individual's unique problems. Social Workers strive to improve quality of life for others whilst dealing with complex situations and balancing tensions between care and control.

The choice to become a Social Worker isn't a decision that should be taken lightly. We want people who are committed to their future career and determined to make a difference to the lives of others.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
Studying a BSc (Hons) Social Work degree with us will give you the insight and knowledge you need to become a valued and trusted support for the people you work with in your future career.

Knowing how to help someone overcome challenges isn’t easy. It’s important to us that we provide you with not only the theory but also the practical experience you’ll need to step into your future confidently.

Our lecturers are experts and have rich experiences to share that will make your learning come to life. They're all former practitioners themselves meaning they can provide you with a deep insight to the realities of being a social worker. It also means the theory you learn will always be linked to real-life practice.

Social work can be an intensely emotional subject to both study and practice so it’s important to have a supportive community around you. Our intimate student community and friendly teaching team makes studying at BNU a unique experience. You’ll always have someone there to talk to.

Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and work with front-line social workers who'll understand exactly what you’re going through. They can help prepare you for your career so you feel confident and resilient for whatever you choose to do beyond graduation.

Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practical experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers.

As well as group workshops, simulations, presentations and tutorials led by industry experts, you’ll also complete two placements where you’ll further develop your learning and understanding. The way we’ve designed this course means that come graduation, you’ll feel confident about stepping into your future as a social worker.

Over the course of three years, you’ll delve into lots of exciting topics like the context of social work, social policy, ethics and values, social work law and how to make change happen. You’ll also study a number of skills-focused modules to enhance your learning and employability.

Your teaching team finds placements within a 25-mile radius of the High Wycombe Campus in different kinds of organisations related to Social Work. Our placement programme will provide you with experience of relevant statutory tasks and duties and the opportunity to develop skills and competencies needed to practice as a Social Worker when you graduate.

We work with a broad range of organisations to offer interesting social work placements, including Local Authorities, Healthcare Trusts, voluntary and independent sectors.

Modules

Year One: Advanced Skills for Professional Development L4 20, Developing Social Work Skills for Practice, Ethics and Values, Lifespan Development, Preparation for Practice, Social Policy and Social Work, Society and Social Work, The Context of Social Work. Year 2: Advanced Skills for Professional Development L5 5, Practice Learning 1, Practitioner Research, Social Work Law, Social Work Theory and Processes, Working with Adults, Working with Children and Families, Working with Mental Health Service Users. Year Three: Advanced Skills for Professional Development L6 5, Dissertation, Inter-Professional Practice, Organisations, Management and Change, Practice Learning 2.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,250
per year
International
£14,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Buckinghamshire New University

Department:

School of Health Care and Social Work

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

40%
low
Social work

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
80%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

60%
Library resources
60%
IT resources
61%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Social work

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,400
med
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

80%
Welfare professionals
12%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
4%
Caring personal services

We're short of social workers - so if you want a degree that is in demand, then this could be the one for you! There's a shortage of social workers all over the UK, and graduates can specialise in specific fields such as mental health or children's social work. If you decide social work is not for you, then social work graduates also often go into management, education, youth and community work and even nursing. Starting salaries for this degree can reflect the high proportion of graduates who choose a social work career - social work graduates get paid, on average, more than graduates overall, but not all options pay as well as social work. This is also an unusual subject in that London isn't one of the more common places to find jobs - so if you want to get a job near to your home or your university this might be worth thinking about.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Health and social care

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£27k

£27k

£30k

£30k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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