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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

UCAS Code: L501 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements

112-128 UCAS tariff points required (social science based subjects preferred).

112-128 UCAS tariff points required from QAA recognised Access course in a health, science or social sciences subject including 27 level 3 credits at merit. Plus level 2 modules in English and maths if GCSE grade 4 (or C) in English Language and maths not already obtained.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

In addition to level 3 qualifications, GCSE English Language and maths at grade 4 (or C) or above or equivalent is required.

112-128 UCAS tariff points required from 5 Irish Highers (social science subjects preferred).

112-128 UCAS tariff points required (minimum Distinction/Merit/Merit).

112-128 UCAS tariff points required from 4 or 5 Highers (social science subjects preferred).

112-128 UCAS tariff points required from at least 3 subjects (social science subjects preferred).

UCAS Tariff

112-128

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About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Social work

**Course overview**:
Social work is a profession that is in demand. Our course has a strong focus on employability skills that extends beyond the practice placements and is embedded throughout all the modules.

As a social work practitioner, you work with your local community supporting those experiencing issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, disability, drug and alcohol addiction and more. You engage with children, adults of all ages, families, refugees and asylum seekers, carers and care leavers and those with mental health problems, touching the lives of many.

This course is informed by decades of collective experience, providing you with the knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for work. You also gain an understanding of the British Association of Social Workers’ Professional Capabilities Framework, considering emotional intelligence, resilience, reflective practice and safeguarding.

Explore development from birth to end of life, the changes we go through and the impact of social work at each stage in our lifespan. You delve into the intricacies of communication and how to adapt to meet the varying communication needs of service users. You also examine reasons for service use, the ethics of conducting research and the legalities of social work.

In the second and final year, you take part in practice placements in real-world settings where you act as a social work practitioner supported by your lecturers and practicing social workers. You take on real cases and have responsibility for your own caseload. With regular exposure to the lived experiences of service users, you gain an enriched understanding of the needs of the profession.

**Top reasons to study this course**
1. Expert teaching: you are taught by social work practitioners, giving you practical insight and experiences of the profession through open discussion and debate.
2. Real-world experience: as a second year and final-year student, you attend quality-assured practice placements where you’re guided as a social work practitioner. You also learn from service users who give talks and Q&As on their lived experiences, providing you with authentic insights on the realities of service interaction.
3. Flexible learning: taught sessions, multi-agency skills days and tutorials are all accessible online, allowing you to access materials at a time and place to suit you.
4. Industry support: employability events with local authority partners and the charity sector offer you support on CV writing, interview techniques and job searching, giving you the skills employers look for.

**After the course**:
An honours degree in social work can lead to a long career as a professional social worker with adults or children. There are many job opportunities in local authority social work departments as well as voluntary sector organisations and increasingly new types of employers such as social enterprises and the private sector. The degree also provides you with transferable skills including report writing and interpersonal skills which can be applied across a range of graduate employment opportunities.

Modules

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Assessment methods

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Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£17,000
per year
International
£17,000
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:

Teesside University

Department:

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.

89%
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

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

85%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
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
79%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
D

After graduation

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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.

£25,000
med
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

98%
Welfare professionals
2%
Other elementary services occupations

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.

Social work

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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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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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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