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Social Work

Heart of Worcestershire College

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

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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Social work

Would you like to make a real difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities? Would you like to prevent harm, neglect and abuse?
The course has a long standing history of delivering social work training going back to the late 1980’s. We have a small and friendly team with a great
wealth of experience covering a range of areas of expertise. We have small teaching groups and offer a high level of tutorial and academic support to students.

Students also benefit from regular sessions presented by service user and carer groups. Service user and carer input to the programme is integral to its design and delivery for which it has been commended.

Current social work practitioners assist in the delivery of modules by virtue of the well-established relationship between the college and social work agencies.
Students complete placements within social work settings of 70 days in year 2 and 100 days in year 3. The majority of placements are in Worcestershire
and will often require students to be able to travel to and whilst on placement.

The course is validated by Birmingham City University (BCU). On completing the programme, students receive their degree from BCU and are eligible to apply to register as a social worker. The course is subject to Social Work England reapproval during 21/22.

The course is also run in accordance with the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership, an accredited social work teaching partnership funded by the Department for Education to strengthen the quality of education and training for social work students and practitioners across the West Midlands. The Partnership is led by Principal Social Workers, Workforce Development Leads and Senior Academics across Children's and Adult Services. As a result the partnership aims to raise the standard and consistency for entrants onto social work programmes and strengthen the links between academia and practice to support the development of research. It also aims to enhance the pre- and post-qualifying social work curriculum to reflect contemporary research and practice and ensure students undertake high quality statutory placement and ASYE programmes. These aims help to develop the students’ knowledge, skills and experience to practice as Newly Qualified Social Workers.

You will be taught by experienced and enthusiastic staff, most of them qualified and registered social workers. All our staff maintain active links with partner agencies and practitioners.

The course is supported by online materials via our Virtual Learning Environment and may be supplemented by online delivery.

Modules

Following BCU review later this year, the modules delivered from September 2021 may be structured differently from those shown below.

YEAR ONE
– The Professional Learner and Safe Practitioner
– Skills Development
– Applied Psychology and Human Development
– Sociology: Themes and Perspectives in Social Work
– Ethics and Values of Social Work
– Development and Delivery of Social Welfare Provision

YEAR TWO
– Law for Social Work Practice
– Advanced Social Work Skills
– Assessment and Intervention, Theories and Methods
– Understanding Research in Practice
– Practice – Developing Capability

YEAR THREE
– Practice – Achieving Capability
– The Competent Practitioner
– The Research and Policy Context of Social Work Practice
– The Professional Learner: Independent Study Module

Assessment methods

Students are assessed using a variety of methods including assignments, individual and group presentations and direct observations. There is also an exam for the Law Module in year 2.

Extra funding

Heart of Worcestershire College is offering Boost Awards to all first year full time HE students. If you are applying for your first year of your first Higher Education course and have “Firmly” accepted an offer of a place on a HE programme at Heart of Worcestershire College as your first choice (not insurance) you may be eligible. To be eligible you must meet the national criteria: • Normally resident in England • Have a household income of less than £25,000 (as assessed through Student Finance England) • Self funding, not sponsored by an employer, the NHS nor the Training and Development Agency for Schools. Please note that due to the limited nature of these funds meeting the criteria does not equate to an entitlement to the Boost award. Each application will be considered by the panel of senior staff based on the information provided.

The Uni


Course locations:

Osprey House

Redditch

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.

50%
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

64%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
57%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

71%
Library resources
50%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
43%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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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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