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Coventry University

UCAS Code: L500 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


Any subject.

Access to HE Diploma


The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Health/Social Science units. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 / C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme


to include 15 points at Higher level.

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


in a Health based subject.

Scottish Higher


UCAS Tariff


[1] 4 qualifications for tariff points allowed [2] May also include AS level and EPQ [3] Specific subject not required

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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2024


Social work

**This course encompasses contemporary issues in social work practice, and it aims to give you the knowledge, skills and attributes required to be an effective social worker and make a positive difference to service users.**

This course is designed to develop your professional knowledge and skills so that you may achieve a recognised social work qualification with eligibility to apply for registration with Social Work England1.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

- Have developed the knowledge, cognitive skills, ethical understanding and interpersonal skills necessary for qualified social work practice.

- Be able to recognise and work with people from a diverse range of backgrounds in ways that balances the need to be sensitive to difference, cultural and otherwise, whilst remaining committed to upholding universal social work values.

- Have developed the self-efficacy, autonomy, self-awareness, reflective ability, emotional intelligence and the organisational skills to work as an effective and empathic social worker.

**Key Course Benefits:**
- There aren’t many careers that make you feel like you are giving back to society in the way that social work can. Social work is much more than ‘helping people’. At its best, it helps save lives, protect vulnerable people from harm and enhances the life chances of those in social need. Approved by Social Work England, on successful completion of this course you will be eligible to apply to Social Work England to register as a social worker (additional costs apply).

- The course facilitates transformative learning through practice-led and research-inspired teaching. You will be taught by a dedicated team of experienced social work academics which currently includes academics with substantial practice and research experience across a range of social work practice settings, including children and families and adult practice (staff subject to change). The course is designed around the applicability of learning to practice through the use of real-life case studies, serious case review findings, and the involvement of social work practitioners and experts by experience, to enhance the student learning experience.

- The teaching curriculum reflects the changing demographics of society and emerging social issues. The decolonisation of the curriculum is integrated so that graduates have the required skills and capabilities to practice with diverse groups of people presenting with the complexities of modern-day social problems. Social work by nature is embedded in making a contribution to the betterment of communities and promoting social justice, responsibility, sustainability and social responsibility. Many of the modules throughout the course are aimed at equipping you with the awareness of the nature, causation and impact on people of current social problems and how you may constructively and creatively respond to these.

- You will be provided with a comprehensive induction programme to support the transition into a new learning environment. This induction is student-centred and aims to promote good communication and working relationships between staff and students. You will be supported through a range of university support services including welfare service, student success coaches and student mentors. You will also be allocated a personal tutor who can help provide academic, personal, pastoral and welfare support. The course also emphasises the development of your emotional literacy and intelligence capacity in order to promote resilience and psychological wellbeing to practice effectively as a social worker.

- The course has embedded the employability of graduates and a major stem throughout the degree programme by ensuring is ensuring currency in the curriculum. We will support you in your final year as you transition to employment through a range of initiatives with local employers.


Year One
In the first year, the curriculum allows you to gain a broad grounding in the discipline where you will develop knowledge and skills to do with human growth and development, communication, legal and policy frameworks as well as theories, methods and models for social work practice, among others.

Introduction to Social Work - 20 credits
Communication in Social Work - 20 credits
Legal and Policy Frameworks for Practice - 20 credits
Human Growth and Development: Psychological Perspectives - 20 credits
Theories and Methods in Social Work Practice - 20 credits
Readiness for Practice - 20 credits

Year Two
In year two, the 70-day placement*, forms an important part of the course as you move on to apply your knowledge and skills in real-life situations. Academic modules presenting knowledge and understanding support practice-based learning. There are modules in sociological theory, and its application to social work practice, and modules very much rooted in the practice environment, in which the current key themes in social work practice with children and families, and adults are examined.

Critical Reflective Practice 1 - 40 credits
Social Work Practice 1 - 20 credits
Contemporary Society: Sociological Perspectives - 20 credits
Social Work Practice with Children, Young People and Families - 20 credits
Social Work Practice with Adults - 20 credits

Final Year
In year three, you will complete your final 100-day practice placement*, which is complimented by modules in which the organisational context of social work, research findings and the evidence-base for social work practice are critically examined. A key aspect of the final year is to prepare you for employment as a Newly Qualified Social Worker.

Critical Reflective Practice 2 - 60 credits
Social Work Practice 2 - 20 credits
Organisational Context of Social Work - 20 credits
Research-mindedness in Social Work - 20 credits

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated. For full module details please check the course page on the Coventry University website.

*For further information please check the course page on the Coventry University website

Assessment methods

The course adopts a variety of assessment methods, both formative and summative, which will vary depending on the module.

Assessment methods include:

Coursework assignments
Case study analysis
Reflective writing
Practical interviewing

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

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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.

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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Top job areas of graduates

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Welfare and housing associate professionals
Childcare and related 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.

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