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Course summary

The course is designed for students who want to enter professional social work, a profession which engages with people who experience levels of social disadvantage and/or discrimination. Typically you will want ‘to make a difference’ to help enhance people’s lives at a personal and structural level; to counter discrimination and oppression. The course will equip you with the appropriate knowledge and skills, as well as encouraging and enabling you to explore the value base necessary for qualified social workers. It will also prepare you for 170 days of practice over two placements. This course will prepare you for social work practice and make you eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Social Worker which is mandatory for practice within the UK. At the point of graduation you will have met the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for qualifying social work programmes and you will also have a broad academic and practice based understanding of social work through placement experiences, supported by wide reading and research. All teaching staff on the course are qualified and registered social work practitioners, drawn directly from social work practice. Their varied experiences and expertise will enhance your opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of social work and social care. Mental Health, Children and Families, Child Protection, Learning Difficulties, Adult Care, Palliative Care, Fostering and Adoption, HIV/AIDS, Substance Misuse, and Youth Justice being just some examples of the diversity of experiences on offer. The social work course is developed around the professional body (HCPC), National and European requirements. The course at the University of Wolverhampton has some excellent features including: Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Social Work enables you to apply to the (HCPC) for Registered Social Worker status. It is a generic qualification that enables you to work as a qualified social worker within statutory, private/independent and voluntary sector organisations. The generic nature of the course means that, on qualification, you can choose your preferred area of practice and, as a qualifying degree it is recognised both nationally and internationally. On qualifying many people choose to work for an employer who is part of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) scheme. This government funded scheme provides additional support to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW’s) during the first 12 months of employment. Participating employers offer training that directly relates to your new role, more frequent supervision and a reduced caseload. One of the benefits of a career in social work is the range of opportunities available. Whether you choose a career working with children and families, in youth justice, with older adults, people with learning or physical disabilities or in mental health services you will find a range of career paths available. Many people progress to Senior Social Worker/Senior Practitioner posts and assume more supervisory and management responsibilities before moving on to management positions. Alternatively, you may find that you prefer to remain in practice and/or develop specialist skills in a particular area. As a registered professional you will be required to maintain your registration and show evidence of continual professional development (CPD) throughout your working life. There are a range of additional specialist qualifications that you can pursue. For example, you may go on to become an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP), Best Interests Assessor, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Assessor. Some people choose to develop the academic side of their career by studying for a Masters Degree or PhD; others become involved in teaching, training and the supervision of student placements.


How to apply

This course has restrictions on who can apply.

Those classed as "overseas" for fee purposes will be considered if their country of domicile is UK. We will not consider applicants living overseas.

Application codes

Course code:
L500
Institution code:
W75
Campus name:
University of Wolverhampton
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Relevant work experience, especially in a social care or health setting is desirable. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory personal statement and two references (academic and employer). A minimum of 3 months work experience in a relevant area such as a social care or health setting, paid or on a voluntary basis is highly desirable. We also consider life experience for example, if you are or have been a carer or if you have experience of the care system and are able to reflect on these experiences we would consider your application. Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for interview and will be invited to an assessment day where you will be assessed in comprehension, verbal ability and suitability for social work. Interview panels will include, whenever possible, employer and service-user/carer representatives. Due to the professional nature of this course you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Arrangements for Social Work registration are changing with the regulatory functions of the Health and Social Professional Council (HCPC) taking to be replaced by another body in the near future. Due to nature of social work, you will are expected to travel. Having a driving licence and your own transport is advantageous. Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Due to the professional nature of this course you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Arrangements for Social Work registration are changing with the regulatory functions of the Health and Social Professional Council (HCPC) taking to be replaced by another body in the near future.

Health checks

Due to the professional nature of this course you are also required to complete a Declaration of Health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Arrangements for Social Work registration are changing with the regulatory functions of the Health and Social Professional Council (HCPC) taking to be replaced by another body in the near future.

Interview

Those applicants successfully shortlisted may be invited to interview. Interview panels will include, whenever possible, employer and service-user/carer representatives.

Other

Applicants who are classed as ‘overseas’ for fee purposes (https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/Home-or-Overseas-fees-the-basics) will still be considered as long as their country of domicile is the United Kingdom and who do not require Tier 4 sponsorship or are in the UK on a Tier 2 visa. Please note than an offer of a place at the University does not guarantee eligibility for student funding. To confirm that you meet the residency criteria go to www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies or telephone SFE on 0300 100 0607


Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
35%
Student satisfaction
75%
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
80%
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Social Work at University of Wolverhampton - UCAS