This course will give you a thorough preparation for a rewarding and challenging career as a social worker.
The role of social worker is a position of privilege that enables you to collaborate with people who need your help, and to empower them to transform their lives. It therefore requires social work education of the highest standard to ensure you are fully prepared to register and practice when you graduate.
As a member of the D2N2 Teaching Partnership we contribute to the establishment of a social work academy of excellence, providing a holistic approach that not only gives you an essential broad-based, practical skillset, but also develops your deeper academic learning that will form the foundation of your practice.
Our teaching is delivered through the Centre for Social Work. You will learn from academics with years of expertise as practising social workers, and who have first-hand experience of working on the front line of social care.
Applications are made through UCAS (institution N84, course L508) and will therefore appear to be subject to the 15 January 2019 deadline. However applications may still be considered up until 15 August 2019, subject to availability.
Assessment and interview days
We are appropriately rigorous in our selection process. Following your application you may be invited to attend an assessment day, where you will undertake a group discussion in the presence of service users, and a written exercise. If you are successful at this stage, you will then be invited for interview with an academic and social worker. You will also be given a role-play scenario designed to demonstrate your interpersonal and communication skills.
If invited for assessment, you will need to sign a declaration regarding any criminal record, health condition or other matter which may affect your suitability. All students must then complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Although a criminal record or health condition will not necessarily be a barrier to acceptance, failure to disclose relevant information may subsequently result in your offer being withdrawn.
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In your first week you will be introduced to your personal tutor, who will meet with you regularly throughout your first year. The majority of academic teaching takes place in the autumn semester of each year and teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case discussions and experiential exercises, designed to encourage the integration of theory and practice.
Assessment includes written assignments, individual and group presentations, research projects and a seen exam.
In February of your first year you will begin your first 80 day placement with a local social care agency, where you will be given a caseload appropriate to your level. You will be supported and guided by your Practice Educator - a fully experienced senior social worker with years of experience in the sector and who is specifically trained to enable your reflective practice in a safe environment.
You will also undertake a 90 day placement in your second year, where you can develop your experience, skills and analytical thinking to an even deeper level.
Each placement will be assessed against the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Key Skills Statements from the Chief Social Workers in England. You will also be fully supported throughout by your personal tutor, who will meet with you to monitor your learning development and wellbeing.
2.1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline, plus GCSE English and maths, 4 (C) or above
Applicant must also have three months' full-time equivalent relevant work experience (450 hours minimum)
English language requirements
IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Graduates of this course are eligible to register as qualified social workers with the Health and Care Professions Council.
A number of our alumni maintain their links with our learning family by coming back to participate in guest lectures and events, or by mentoring our students in their role as Practice Educator.
This course is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Our graduates move into a wide range of careers following their time in the school. Studying at postgraduate level can give you a head start in the job market by helping you to gain new knowledge and develop vital skills.
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