University of Cumbria

Degree level: Undergraduate

Social Work

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Course summary

You want to work within the community to encourage change and help others. You can harness your passion and become a confident and fully qualified social worker, allowing you to make a positive difference in vulnerable and disadvantaged peoples lives. Our course is approved by Social Work England, designed to give you the knowledge, practical experience and connections that will allow you to kickstart a successful career in social work. Course Overview On this course, you’ll get hands-on experience and the chance to talk to and work with people in the care system. You will gain insight into your future profession with 170 days of placements (70 days in year two and 100 days in year three). Our expert tutors will teach you theory through lectures, seminars and hands-on practice using facilities including hands-on training for social practice including simulations of home visits, hospital discharge meetings and court work. You will learn to work as a team and develop leadership skills to boost your confidence and future career. You'll benefit from our great reputation as a provider when applying for jobs. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a social worker with Social Work England. You'll be in the ideal position for a career as a professional social worker or practitioner. On this course you will:

  • Have access to 'experts by experience', allowing you to speak to people who have had social workers in their lives. They will talk to you about their experiences within social work.
  • Learn from lecturers who take pride in being approachable and caring for your health and wellbeing. They will provide excellent support to you throughout the programme.
  • Use transformative learning including simulations of hospital discharge meetings and mock case conferences. Our mock hospital ward and mock house will help you develop your practical skills.
  • Be taught by registered social workers with many years of experience in both adult and children services. Their experience is used to guide your learning in real-life scenarios.
  • Complete 170 days of professional placements allowing you to gain real-world experience and boost your key skills ready for when you become a qualified social worker.
What you will learn Social Workers assist and support the most vulnerable people in society either by protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse or through supporting people in overcoming and dealing with addiction, illness, or disability. As part of this programme, you will engage with complex issues that impact diverse communities and affect contemporary Social Work practice. You will gain experience and confidence through supervised practice, developing the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to excel in Social Work. Within our Institute of Health, you will have the opportunity to engage with students in other disciplines in authentic ways, gaining a wider awareness of their roles and how to work in multi-agency teams. For example, experiential learning opportunities, such as our court day experience take place throughout each year. Year one
  • Law and Social Policy
  • Politics, Discrimination and Social Justice
  • Professional Skills 1: Core Skills for Working with People
  • Development through the Life Course
  • Experts By Experience
  • Safeguarding Adults and Children
Year Two
  • Professional Skills 2: Applying Models of Assessment and Intervention in Practice
  • Understanding and Developing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • First Placement
  • Reflection on Practice
  • Working with Children
  • Working with Adults
Year three
  • Professional Skills 3: Specialist Skills for Social Work Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Critical Evaluation of Social Work Practice
  • Organisational Factors and Leadership in Social Work
  • Contemporary Issues in Social Work
  • Final Placement

Course details


Year one: HSWG4001 Social Work Theory into Practice I, HSWG4002 Case Study I, HSWG4003 Theory, Culture and the Individual, HSWG4004 Working with Experts by Experience from a Social Work Perspective, HWTS4001 Fundamentals of Professional Practice, HWTS4002 Developing Professional Graduate Skills for Health and Social Care Practitioners. Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 would receive a Cert HE in Social Care Studies. To progress to Level 5, students must have passed all Level 4 modules. Year two: HSWG5001 Social Work Theory Into Practice II, HSWG5002 Case Study II, HSWG5003 Theory, Culture and Groups, HSWG5004 Social Work 1st Placement, HWTS5001 Using Evidence to Support Practice, HWTS5002 Working with Others. Students exiting at this point with 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 at Level 5 would receive a Dip HE in Social Care Studies. To progress to Level 6 students must have passed all Level 5 modules. Year three: HSWG6001 Social Work Theory Into Practice III, HSWG6002 Dissertation, HSWG6003 Theory, Culture and Society, HSWG6004 Social Work Final Placement, HWTS6001 Using Evidence to Evaluate Practice, HWTS6002 Professional Practice in Context.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE C or 4 / National 5 at C / Irish Ordinary Cert at C in English and Maths.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

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