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Course summary

Want to make a rewarding and positive contribution to society? Social workers support children and families through child protection procedures, fostering and adoption and youth justice to name but a few. They also support adults with issues including disability, drug and alcohol dependency, mental health, homelessness and safeguarding. You'll spend over 170 days on real-life placements with adults and children so you graduate ready to start your professional career. In addition you will engage in 30 skills days. You will get a head start – be eligible to apply to become a registered social worker as soon as you successfully complete the course. You will stand out from the crowd with a degree recognised by Social Work England. You'll gather insights and develop a real understanding of social work through our highly commended approach to integrated learning. You will equip yourself with the skills to be a reflective and ethical practitioner, committed to lifelong learning. • Get a head start – on successful completion of the course you can apply to become a registered social worker. • Stand out from the crowd with a degree recognised by Social Work England. • Benefit from the expertise of our network of partner agencies across the social work spectrum, learning from professionals to develop your skills. • Enhance your career options - six months after finishing the course, 95% of our graduates are in work or further study (source: 2019 DLHE survey). • Gather insights and develop a real understanding of social work through our highly commended approach to integrated learning. • Build your hands-on knowledge and experience on an excellent variety of placements, working in real-life adult and childcare settings in all three years. • Engage with real service users and carers at every stage of your learning, so you graduate primed to put effective strategies to use in the workplace. • Learn about the increasing influence of global issues on social work and be inspired by staff who are leading the way in international social work. • Develop as a professional – equip yourself with the skills to be a reflective and ethical practitioner, committed to lifelong learning.

Modules

Over the course of the programme you will cover the fundamental knowledge needed for social work focusing upon social policy and law, ethics and values, contemporary theory and professional practice. In doing so you will be learning how to apply ethical and theoretical perspectives to human development, understanding social sciences in a social work setting and getting to grips with applying legal and social policy in the context of welfare. Exploring issues of diversity and difference, reflecting on real-life issues that impact service users and carers, and develop your skills in collaborative working making connections between local and global issues. Learn how to analyse complex issues, and apply your knowledge and skills to resolve them. Gain a critical perspective on complex, uncertain and changing contexts in social work, further your skills working in multi-agency settings and develop your understanding of the international arena. In developing your professional practice you will engage in 30 skills days in preparation for practice, followed by 170 days of practice learning; 70 days in the first year and 100 in the final year in contrasting placements. In your final year, you’ll consolidate your learning, working towards becoming a safe, competent, ethical practitioner who demonstrates sound professional judgement. The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

6% of assessment is by exam, 44% by coursework and 50% practical assessment

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Social Work England

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. You can apply for one of our postgraduate courses directly using our online application form. For details on how to apply, and to access the online application form, please visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/how-to-apply/international-students-postgraduate-applications. Once you have applied, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

Entry requirements

2:1 classification or above but will also consider applicants with a 2:2 in relation to previous work experience and references.


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7With 6.5 in all elements.

Full details of English Language requirements can be found on our website.

English Language Requirements

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/how-to-apply/english-language-requirements


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages at www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.
Social Work at University of Plymouth - UCAS