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Social Work (Postgraduate Entry)

Entry requirements


Typically students on this course will have an honours degree with a classification of 2.1 or higher. However, you may be considered if you have a classification of 2:2 and significant experience. Social work is both an academic and vocational course so it's important you show success in your previous education and have experience. Students must hold GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or above, or equivalent. On the application form you must list all your qualifications.

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

Social workers are the advisers, advocates, and counsellors for the vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society.

As a social worker you'll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and inclusivity. Working towards solutions and managing individual's unique problems, social workers strive to improve the quality of life for others.

This course will help you gain a detailed understanding of the processes, policies and procedures in place to help you make the best decision possible for your case.

**Why study this subject?**
Are you looking for a career where you can make a real difference to people’s lives? Do you possess patience and perseverance? Do you want to empower and support people who may be at risk? Then you could become a Social Worker.

The choice to become a Social Worker is not a decision that should be taken lightly. At BNU, we want our students to be committed to their future career and determined to make a difference to the lives of others.

As a Social Worker you'll be aware of the impact of social issues including poverty, deprivation and exclusion. Working towards solutions and managing each individual's unique problems, Social Workers strive to improve the quality of life for others. You'll be faced with complex situations and challenged to balance tensions between care and control for the welfare of every person you work to support.

**Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?**
With an excellent teaching team to support you, we do all we can to prepare you for your career as a Social Worker. Your experience at BNU will shape your development and build upon your skills so by the time you leave us you'll be independent and ready to make a difference.

We're looking for students with life experience and preferably you'll have worked with a variety of people either in employment or as a volunteer - this may include working with young people, for a charity or in a care home. We want to see your previous success of helping people and a determination to continue doing so.

Our lecturers, all of whom are former Social Work practitioners, have a rich vein of practice experience to draw from which will really bring your learning to life and ensure theory is always linked to practice. You tutors remain up to date with the latest sector changes and many of them lead, or are otherwise involved in, forums discussing and influencing the future of Social Work. We also have course lecturers who are published authors in the field.

One of the best things about studying Social Work is sharing the experience with other students. Some days will be intensely emotional, so it’s important that you have a friendly team around you. We pride ourselves in our ability to get to know all our students personally so you'll be supported by a personal tutor in groups no bigger that ten.

We recognise how crucial Social Workers are in the community so we've designed our course to reflect the standards set out by Social Work England and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) meaning our graduates can apply for registration as a professional Social Worker straight away.

Work placements play a big part in this degree programme and you'll be given the opportunity to gain experience across a wide variety of settings in order to develop your knowledge and deepen your understanding. Our Social Work team sources placements within a 25-mile radius of the High Wycombe campus, including Local Authorities, Healthcare Trusts and voluntary and independent sectors. The practice learning opportunities are full-time and you'll be required to work the hours dictated by these agencies.

Social Workers engage in relationship-based practice and at the same time must fulfil the expectations of their employing organisation, which requires excellent abilities in prioritising work tasks and time management. Our course will prepare you for this so you feel confident when you take your next steps beyond graduation.

Modules

Year One: Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 20, Sociology, Psychology and Social Policy for Social Work, Putting the Law into Practice, Preparation for Intervention with Service Users, Developing Social Work Skills for Practice. Year Two: Dissertation, Advanced Skills for Professional Development L7 10, Inter-Professional Practice, Practice Learning 2, Research Methods for Social Work.

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
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern 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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