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Social Work

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology).

122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Health and Social Care, Social Sciences, Social Work).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 50, to include a Principal Subject relevant to the degree programme (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology).

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology). 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

To include a relevant Higher Level subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology) at H3.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM

Must be in a relevant subject.

120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers, one of which must be in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology).

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

120

120 points, to include an A level in a relevant subject (Anthropology, Criminology, Critical Thinking, English, Health & Social Care, Law, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, R.E, Sociology, Social Policy, Theology), or equivalent.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

**Overview**
Social workers change lives for the better. They help protect some of society’s most vulnerable people – and on this BSc (Hons) Social Work degree, you’ll develop the skills you need to graduate and apply to register as a Social Worker.

On this Social Work England-approved course, you’ll study topics including safeguarding, law and social policy, and social work practice with children and adults.

You’ll develop an understanding of social work fundamentals. You’ll occasionally put your learning into practice in the nurturing environment of our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care.

You’ll also build your professional experience by spending 170 days on work placement, working with vulnerable people in the community – and have the chance to work with people with lived experience, and service users and carers.

After graduation, you’ll be ready to start a rewarding and challenging career in social work. Our graduates find employment in social care, drug and alcohol services, domestic abuse services and schools.

**Approved by:**
This course is approved by Social Work England.

**What you'll experience**
On this course you'll:

- Learn from expert teaching staff, researchers, practitioners from the field and people with experience of social work

- Study the theory and practice of social work, empowering service users and promoting inclusion, and legal and policy frameworks

- Learn through simulation, group work and skills workshops

- Understand how to work with children and families, mental health patients, people with disabilities and vulnerable adults

- Work closely with the University of Portsmouth Social Work Inclusion Group (SWIG), to help you understand service user experiences

- Practise your profession-specific skills in our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care, a safe and supportive environment, which uses innovative technologies to simulate real-life scenarios

- Apply your learning on practice placements

**Careers and opportunities**
When you successfully complete the course, you'll be eligible to apply to be a registered Social Worker. Our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to use.

You can work in areas such as:

- Social care settings

- Rehabilitation services

- Criminal justice

- Voluntary organisations

- Advocacy agencies

- Housing advice

- Education settings such as schools and colleges

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- Social worker

- Care manager

- Family support worker

- Housing adviser

- Independent domestic violence adviser

**Work experience and career planning**

You'll do at least 2 work placements on this course giving you more than 170 days of practical experience.

You can do placements in various areas to develop your social work skills and knowledge, including:

- Social care settings for children and families

- Social care settings for adults

- Residential care for people with disabilities

- Community mental health teams

- Hospital social work departments

- Voluntary organisations working with both children and adults

- Advocacy agencies

- Drug and alcohol treatment centres

- Homelessness projects

- Schools

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find other further relevant work experience while you study. We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Core Skills Training Framework
- Law and Social Policy in Practice
- Occupational Health Year 1
- Readiness for Learning and Practice
- Theory, Knowledge and Evidence in Social Work

Year 2
- Core modules in this year include:
- Core Skills Training Framework
- Inclusion, Innovation and Empowerment
- Occupational Health Year 2
- Service User Inclusion and Co-Production
- Social Work with Adults
- Social Work with Children and Families
- Using Evidence and Research in Social Work

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Core Skills Training Framework
- Professional Development and Employability
- Project
- Safeguarding – Adults and Children
- Social Work Practice Placement 2

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through tests (academic or practical/skills based), compilation of filmed and recorded artefacts, online assessment, academic written work/portfolios, presentations, dissertation/project.
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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
£17,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Science and Health

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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.

49%
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

73%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
70%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

81%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
19%
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
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
10%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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.

£27,500
high
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

68%
Welfare professionals
16%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
5%
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.

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

£28k

£28k

£27k

£27k

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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