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 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, who are 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.
YEAR 1 (Level 4):
- Lifespan Development
- Study Skills for Social Work
- Law and Social Policy for Social Work
- Understanding Equality and Diversity
- Developing Skills
- Law and Safeguarding in Practice
- Practice 1
- Assessment and intervention
- Learning from Research and Evidence
- Contemporary Themes in Social Work
- Critical Reflective Practice
- The Developing Professional Practitioner
Students are assessed using a variety of methods including assignments, individual and group presentations, direct observations and practice portfolio.
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
Heart of Worcestershire College is not a licensed student sponsor for UK student visa's. We are therefore unable to issue student visa's for study in the UK under the Tier 4 UK immigration points based system.
• GCSE at Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics (formerly Grade C). Equivalent qualifications such as Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy Level 2, Adult Literacy Level 2, Functional Skills English and Maths Level 2 or CSE Grade 1 will be accepted • Basic IT Skills • At least 6 months relevant social care experience, whether paid or voluntary. We can also take into account personal experience of social care • 2 references are required before an offer of a place can be made; an academic reference and a reference commenting on suitability for social work as evidenced during experience in social care • Where previous language of instruction is not English, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum overall score of 7, with no element below level 6.5, is required. MATURE APPLICANTS Applications from mature applicants are particularly welcomed, and they will be assessed on their ability to benefit from and be successful on the course via a range of range of alternative qualifications and experience. This is often demonstrated through the achievement of a Level 3 qualification in a relevant area. Where there has been a significant gap since academic qualifications were obtained, applicants may be set additional written work to ascertain current academic writing ability. OTHER CONDITIONS • Satisfactory declaration of suitability • Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Basic IT Skills Satisfactory declaration of suitability
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Written Exercise (IOT). Where Level 3 qualification is not recent, you may be asked to undertake a written exercise prior to being shortlisted for interview. All shortlisted applicants must undertake a written exercise on selection day. For the first year entry of this course you will be assessed by interview
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
Group Exercise. All shortlisted applicants must undertake a group discussion activity on the selection day, observed by service users/carers which will give the opportunity to demonstrate communication skills, preparation and self-reflection
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8650||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£8650||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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.
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