How do you support families to remain together? How do you work with somebody who is homeless? How do you tell someone with dementia that their life partner of 60 years has died? Social workers often find themselves working in challenging situations. You’ll work with people, their families, and their communities to bring about change and to help improve lives. Working in a range of settings across a number of sectors, which may include private, voluntary, and charitable sectors, you’ll promote and advocate human rights and social justice. It can be difficult to appreciate the difference social workers make until you’ve experienced social work in action and that’s why you’ll complete two placements in your second and third years of study. During your time on the course, you’ll develop an understanding of social work alongside practical skills whilst on placements. Some of the topics you’ll explore will include how to communicate with people with a range of needs, the importance of working with colleagues from other disciplines and the importance of supervision and of reflective practice. You’ll consider theories including sociological and psychological perspectives, and factors that might impact on the life course from pre-birth through to death. You’ll consider the impact of politics, social policy and how welfare is delivered in the UK and internationally, whilst developing an understanding of the legal framework for social work and how the law is used to support and to protect. Social work can be challenging and demanding at times, that’s why we aim to help you build resilience and find ways to manage the many situations you’ll be faced with. Features and Benefits
- Approved course - Our course is approved by Social Work England and, when you graduate, you are eligible to apply for professional registration with Social Work England.
- Employability - You'll gain experience from 30 days of skills development throughout the course.
- Placement experience - You’ll go on two practice placements, a full time 70 day placement in year 2 and a full time 100 day placement in year 3.
- Specialise your studies - You can focus on a chosen area of social work practice to explore in depth in your final year.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4 - Functional Skills/Key Skills Level 2 may be considered IELTS 7 with no element below 6.5 Applications which meet our academic entry requirements will be assessed by the following criteria on the Personal Statement: The ability to demonstrate a coherent statement of relevant experience. Awareness of discrimination as a factor that influences experiences. The ability to demonstrate an understanding of what Social Workers do. An interview is part of the application process. Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and health assessment will be required prior to enrolment. Applicants who are successful at interview will be asked to provide a second reference. The second reference must be a work reference, from a referee who can comment on the applicant's suitability for the social work profession (for example, work in the voluntary or charitable sector). Please note that advanced entry is not available for this course.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Own Test. The test is taken at the interview stage of the admissions process.
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