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Social Work (Qualified Status)

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

Leading to a professional qualification in Social Work, Wrexham Glyndwr’s BA(Hons) Social Work course has been developed in close co-operation with Social Work partner agencies in the statutory sectors and in conjunction with service users and carers group Outside In. It has been ranked first in Wales for learning community in the National Student Survey 2019. It incorporates 200 days placement experience over the three years, as well as structured academic learning, including input from practitioners and the Outside in participation Group.

The course is approved by Social Care Wales and has been developed in line with the Social Work Code of Practice. A key principle of the programme is the promotion of student self-directed and enquiry based learning, with the model of action learning sets embedded within the teaching and learning strategy of the programme. The aim is to enable students to develop advanced knowledge, skills and values for Social Work.

Wrexham Glyndwr University is also in a unique position to support Social Work students in their professional development from the first day of the degree. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor to be a point of contact to discuss personal, academic and professional development needs. In addition, the lectures have a wide range of Social Work and academic experience to ensure that the delivery of the degree meets the learning needs of all students.

Key Course Features:
•*1st in Wales for learning community (WGU analysis of unpublished NSS 2019 data)
•Student Social Work students are registered with Social Care Wales, which is the regulatory body for all Social Workers in Wales. This is undertaken at the start of the degree, and requires all Social Work students to adhere to the professional code of practice during their studies. This means that in addition to gaining the BA(hons) in Social Work, graduating students gain the title of registered Social Workers and are able to gain employment as newly qualified Social Workers.
•Many of our students are returners to education, sometimes after a long break, and we are experienced in offering appropriate support and study skills advice.
•Our local authority partners – Wrexham, Flintshire and Denbighshire – are contracted to find and support student placements.
•One of your second or third year placements will be in a statutory setting – this is a requirement of Social Care Wales.
•The programme enjoys the participation of the focus group Outside In. Outside In’s members include those who’ve used social care and health services and who have expertise through experience. They take part in teaching, assessment, programme management and recruitment of students.
•Participation and involvement are key aspects in the programme team’s current publications and research profile. Further research activity includes Welsh (and other devolved government) policy evaluation, alcohol and other drugs.

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4)

The primary focus of this year is the in the developing of academic and professional practice. This is done through a combination of academic study and 20 day practice learning opportunity.

Modules


•Entering the Profession -Developing Practitioner 1
•Foundational Social Work skills –Skills for Practice 1
•Applied ICT for Social Work -Informational Analysis 1
•Introduction to Social Policy and Law – Frameworks 1
•Learning Together – Completing the Circle of Partnership 1
•The Life Course Perspective - Individuals in Context 1
•Practice Learning Opportunity

Year 2 (Level 5)

This year has a combination of exploring the theory and practice elements of the Social Work role, and an opportunity for an 80 day placement.

Modules


•Conflicts and Dilemmas – Completing the Circle 2
•Law and Social work –Frameworks 2
•Interpersonal Dispositions -Developing practitioner 2
•Exploring Social Work Skills – Skills for Practice 2
•Social Work in Wales -Individuals in Context 2
•Research for Social Work Practice -Informational Analysis 2
•Practice Learning Opportunity

Year 3 (Level 6)

The final year is focused on drawing together the different aspects of the theory and practice together, and for the students to then undertake a 100 day placement.

Modules


•Integrating Social Work Skills - Skills for Practice 3
•Dissertation –Informational Analysis 3
•Responsible and Accountable Professionalism – Developing Practitioner 3
•The Creative Practitioner – Completing the Circle 3
•Safeguarding in Context –Frameworks 3
•Practice Learning Opportunity


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Your academic work and practice placements will be assessed by lecturers, practice teachers and individuals who use services. The program uses mixed methods of assessment. These attempt to ensure that all learnings styles are catered for, and enquiry based learning, with the model of action learning sets embedded within the teaching and learning strategy of the programme. This ensures that the link between theory and practice can be developed by the students.

Assessments methods include: Learning logs, Essays, Problem based learning exercises, case studies, presentations, Course work, ICT fundamentals and portfolio of evidence for practice learning.

Each 20 credit module will have 36 hours of lectures with an additional 164 hours self-directed study, resulting in a total of 200 hours learning required for each module.

Teaching and learning

Wrexham Glynd?r University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

Wrexham Glynd?r University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

The Uni


Course locations:

Wrexham

Wrexham (Main Campus)

Department:

School of Social and Life Sciences

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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.

86%
high
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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

72%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

100%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

71%
Welfare professionals
11%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
7%
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.

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£19k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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