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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 social work degree 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. What’s more, our social work courses are ranked in the top 25 in the UK overall, and 2nd in the North West for students satisfied with teaching (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results). Course Overview On this social work 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 from this BA (Hons) Social Work degree, 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 people with lived experience of social work services, allowing you to speak to people who have had social workers in their lives.
  • Learn and receive excellent support from lecturers who take pride in being approachable and caring for your health and wellbeing.
  • Study social work using 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. 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

How to apply

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Carlisle - Fusehill Street
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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.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks


Unistats information

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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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