The course combines academic study with practice to give you a challenging professional qualification in Social Work. Together with Social Services departments and Voluntary Agencies, we plan and manage your programme. We are committed to increasing the involvement of carers and people that use the services of Social Workers in the programme planning and delivery. You have the option of completing Level Four over two years, leading to an award at the end of four years. This course is approved by the Health Care Professions Council and endorsed by the College of Social Work. Social Work is regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a social work student you will be expected to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on successful completion of the course and adhere to the standards of conduct, performance and ethics. As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the HCPC also regulate the performance of social work courses. The course is designed to engage students in practice-based learning and provide high quality placement experiences in a wide range of settings working alongside qualified and experienced professionals. Service users and their carers’ support teaching and learning with real life situations and experiences that add authenticity to the teaching and promote the development of effective practice strategies. Teaching is firmly rooted in the principles of equality and social justice and promotes a deep understanding of discrimination and oppression. The teaching staff are from a wide range of professional backgrounds. They hold post-graduate qualifications and professional recognition. All have experience of recent practice in their subject specialism and have teaching qualifications. Many are still active in their specialist area. They are engaged in research, academic writing and international partnerships with Universities and Colleges in other countries such as Norway, Finland, Spain and Poland. This qualification is suited to a range of Social Work careers, though you may develop a special area of interest, reflected by your practice, allowing you to specialise in mental health, children & families and adult practice.. Our graduates have a consistently good record of obtaining employment following successful completion of this degree course.
Some modules are studied alongside students on other Higher Education courses including Community and Youth Work routes, giving you a great opportunity to share experiences. Other modules are specifically designed to meet the needs of Social Workers and will develop your skills in: Working with children and families, people with learning and physical disabilities, older people and people with mental health issues. We are committed to helping you to develop skills in effective anti-discriminatory practice. We provide excellent support for you through a variety of teaching methods including individual tutorials as well as support whilst on placement. Blended learning through Moodle, the College's virtual learning environment, is used in all modules. Level 4: Introduction to Psychology and Human Development; Personal and Interpersonal Development; PPD1 Readiness for Direct Practice; Social Work Theory and Practice; The Politics of Social Policy; Values, Law and Justice. Level 5: Adult Social Work Practice; Inter-Professional Working; Law and Application to Social Work Practice; Personal, Professional Development and Readiness for Direct Practice 2; Professional Practice 1; Social Work Practice with Children, Young People and Families. Level 6: Evidence Based Practice; Globalisation, Diversity and Cultural Difference in Social Work Practice; Mental Health and Disability; Personal, Professional Development and Readiness for Professional Practice 3; Independent Research Project.
The course aims to provide you with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience to succeed in the Social Work profession. You will develop a deep understanding of the application of Social Work theory in practice over the three years of the degree programme. You will especially be encouraged to explore your understanding of values and discrimination and will be challenged in a supportive environment to develop your skills and knowledge in these areas. You will interact with the curriculum through involvement in student led seminars, presentations and discussions. The development of independent learning and leadership skills, including self-evaluation and conscious awareness of effective learning techniques is promoted through interactive teaching approaches such as personal tutorials, email and Moodle. You will be supported to carry out an independent research project at Level 6. At each Level, you will study aspects of Social Work and theory and your professional and personal development will be assessed to professional standards. We provide excellent support for you through a variety of teaching methods including individual tutorials as well as support whilst on placement. Blended learning through Moodle, the College's virtual learning environment, is used in all modules. We use a range of assessment methods including: essays; assignments; presentations; examinations; portfolios; assessed skills days. The course includes placements of 70 days in Level 5 and 100 days in Level 6, which are designed to develop and challenge your practice skills, knowledge and understanding. Placement and college work are well integrated to support your professional development.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- Health and Care Professions Council
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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Suitable candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection procedure where they will undertake a written exercise and a group exercise. We are looking for a commitment to social work as a career and to the values of anti-discriminatory practice and social inclusion. Successful candidates will be required to provide evidence of 100 hours of paid or voluntary work experience before starting the course. A satisfactory DBS certificate and health check are also required. There may be opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for academic work in the last five years.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Enhanced DBS certificate required for the Child and Adult Workforce.
Successful candidates will be required to complete an online health questionnaire.
Candidates will be required to undertake a written exercise and a group exercise and will be interviewed as part of the selection procedure. We are looking for a commitment to social work as a career and to the values of anti-discriminatory practice and social inclusion.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|