BSc (Hons) Social Work

Available to non EU students

About the course

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In recent years there have been far reaching changes in social work education and training. At the University of Hertfordshire, we have met the challenge of these changes with the BSc Honours degree in Social Work. The programme has been developed in collaboration with our stakeholders, Hertfordshire County Council, Brent Social Services and NCH. We also take account of the views of students and service users in the development of the programme. The degree also has strong links with a number of voluntary agencies and organisations.

A distinctive feature of the programme is an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills through reflective practice.

The practice analysis undertaken on each placement enables you to develop competence in applying theory, methods and values to your practice. There are excellent student support strategies in place to help you with your progress in these areas.

Subjects covered during your studies will include: law; partnership working; assessment, planning, intervention and review; human growth and development; values and diversity; social science; social policy; communication skills; mental health; disability, families and children; European social work.

Social work is a regulated profession. The BSc Social Work degree leads to eligibility to apply to the HCPC Register and practice as a social worker As well as regulating individual social workers and students, we also regulate the performance of social work courses, the reports of which are published on our website, so you can check to see how each university is performing. For more information visit the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  website.

Student bursaries

There are no NHS bursaries for first year students. The NHS is likely to make some bursaries available for second and third year students. For more details visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/swb

Why choose this course?

Social workers help people to live more successfully within their local communities by helping them find solutions to their problems. Sometimes this includes confronting and managing behaviours that put themselves and others at risk.

To succeed, social workers must work not only with clients but their families and friends as well as working closely with other organisations including the police, National Health Service, and schools.

After completion of the BSc Social Work you will be qualified to work in a wide range of statutory and voluntary agencies which employ social workers.

100% of our Social Work graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Entry requirements...

2018 entry

112 - 128 UCAS points

We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (if applicable) together with your application as a whole including work experience and personal statement and may make an offer at any point within the stated tariff range. We also welcome applicants who are predicted grades in excess of our published tariff. 

  • BTEC Extended Diploma must be in a health or social care related subject.
  • Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at L3 with at least 12 Distinctions and 12 Merits.  
  • International Baccalaureate - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE/Level 2 Qualifications

  • All Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C / grade 4 or above which must include Maths, and English.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

All offers are subject to interview, written assessment, group discussion and enhanced DBS check.

Professional Accreditations

You are eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a professional social worker.

Careers

After successful completion of your studies, you will be qualified to work in the wide range of statutory and private and voluntary agencies which employ social workers.

100% of our Social Work graduates went on to employment or further study within 6 months according to the latest national Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You will be taught by lecturers who constantly develop their own knowledge through research, publications, and other scholarly activities, and crucially by experienced service users and carers.

The programme is taught through face to face classroom based learning and practice-based learning where students have the support of a practice assessor. This is complemented by e-learning (StudyNet) and small group tutorial support. Students on the programme undertake 100 days practice placements in accredited placement areas in the second and third year of the programme.

Social work is a regulated profession. As a social work student you will be expected to register with the General Social Care Council (CSCC), the social work profession's regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the code of Practice for Social Workers.

Work Placement

A distinct feature of the programme is an emphasis on the development of knowledge and skills through reflective practice.

The analysis of practice undertaken on each placement enables you to develop competence in applying theory, methods and values to your practice. There are excellent student support strategies in place to help you with your progress in these areas.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introductory Social Science

    Credits: 15

    The module offers students the opportunity to become familiar with accessing sources of social scientific data held in databases, statistical returns and on websites. A wide range of social and demographic trends will be explored e.g.: population growth, decline and migration; the ageing population, children and youth; marriage, cohabitation, divorce and single households; abortion, childbirth and family size; the assessment of social need; housing and homelessness; city, urban, suburban and rural living; mortality, morbidity and disability; the delivery of health services; education league tables, truancy and exclusion; religious faiths and secularisation; the delivery of formal and informal welfare services; wealth and poverty; the world of work, paid employment, unemployment, redundancy, re-employment and retirement. and link to social work practice.

  • Human growth and development

    Credits: 30

    Throughout the module, the significance of different research methods employed by psychologists eg Piaget and Vygotsky will be underlined and discussed. The empirical nature of psychology will be stressed and students will be expected to understand the difference between theory and evidence.

  • The legal framework for social work practice 1

    Credits: 15

    The course will consider areas such how the English legal system operates, the relationship between law and social work, the court system and the role of the social worker, the human rights and anti-discrimination law, confidentiality and data protection, mental capacity and consent, and its application to social work practice.

  • Introduction to critical reflection in learning & practice

    Credits: 15

    A series of workshops will give opportunities to explore the nature of reflection; modes of learning and individual learning styles and preferences; Sources and nature of feedback and its use; the importance of recognising and maintaining evidence to support reflection. Students will work in study groups to facilitate their understanding and promote opportunities for receiving peer feedback for reflection.

  • An Introduction to Interprofessional Education

    Credits: 15

    The module is designed to give students the opportunity to work in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding of a range of professional roles and encourage co-operative learning and working. The rationale for and benefits of inter-professional working are explored. Learning will be through multi-professional group seminars and tutorials that require students to access and gather appropriate data from a range of sources and apply this to a series of practice-based, simulated scenarios and exercises

  • Readiness for Direct Practice – Skills 1

    Credits: 30

    The module will be structured under three themes: 1. Skills related to professional conduct and management of self - addresses organisational skills, working as part of a team, reflective practice, boundaries, confidentiality, time management, learning from feedback and supervision, administration skills, data protection, awareness of self and impact on service users, assertiveness skills and taking responsibility for own practice. 2. Core skills - required for managing conflict, writing and recording skills, information gathering, introduction to methods of intervention, enabling service user empowerment and assessment skills. 3. Skills of working and communicating with people/individuals and groups - addressing communication skills with a range of service user groups, including engagement skills, listening and observation skills. The three themes will be underpinned by an understanding of social work values, anti-discriminatory/ anti-oppressive practice as well as models of intervention and theoretical perspectives.

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Crime, welfare and Society

    Credits: 15

    The module offers students the opportunity to explore, in-depth, a variety of sociological and criminological perspectives that detail and explain the social fabric of modern Britain. Particular areas of study include the contributions that criminology might make to an understanding of the links to sociology and social work practice. Key areas will include social justice and patterns of exclusion; ideology and values in the maintenance of social order/control. The module will explore contemporary events that develop within the timeframe of the module. During this module students spend 70 days/525 hours on practice

  • Social work theory and methods

    Credits: 15

    The lecture programme will expose students to a range of classical and contemporary social work interventions with an emphasis on the application of the theoretical material to their practice learning experiences. During this module students spend 70 days/525 hours on practice.

  • Policy Context and Transnational Social Work

    Credits: 15

    Increasingly social workers practise in the context of transnational social problems, policies and identities. This module aims to enable social workers to identify and address transnational issues and access resources of international social work in addressing local practice issues. There will be a focus on selected issues such as poverty, migration and on innovations in social work which promote equalities, well -being and sustainable communities. During this module students spend 70 days/525 hours on practice

  • Social Policy

    Credits: 15

    The course will define social policy, social work and the relationship between the two. It will explore different determinants of policy- with a particular emphasis on the different ideas underpinning policy and the implications for the organisational and practice context of social work. Later sessions will consider contemporary social problems, policy responses and their importance in informing social work knowledge, practice and critical thinking. There will be a focus on research findings and their implications throughout the module. Knowledge of policy and relevant research will be utilised to inform knowledge, skills, decision making and critical thinking in practice.

  • Values and ethics for social workers

    Credits: 15

    This 15 credit module offered at level 5 will provide students with opportunities to develop and explore, in detail, their understanding and knowledge of values and diversity within British society, whilst evaluation their personal experiences. The module uses theoretical considerations and knowledge to develop models for understanding forms of disadvantage, exclusion, discrimination and oppression. Students are offered the opportunity to create strategies for developing anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive social work practice. It does this in the context of critically exploring personal values, ethics and moral concepts of rights whilst making links to social work practice. Aspects of philosophical thinking will be explored in order to develop wider thinking of context and issues of worth whilst identifying the considerable dilemmas for professionals within the field. In addition sociological considerations shall be addressed in order for students to identify with wider societal perspectives. During this module students spend 70 days/525 hours on practice.

  • Collaborative Working with Service users and Carers

    Credits: 15

    This 15-credit level 5 module will provide students with an opportunity to consider the perspectives of service users. The module will be delivered over a period of five days at the beginning of year 2. The initial teaching sessions will outline the origins of the user movement and discuss different dimensions of collaboration including involvement; tokenism and user led services. Ideologies such as consumerism, and normalisation will be discussed to see how far they support or obscure user collaboration. Students will review their own experience of working in partnership with users and develop strategy to promote future user involvement in their practice It is envisaged that service users will be involved in the delivery of this module During this module students spend 70 days/525 hours on practice

  • The Legal Framework for Social Work 2

    Credits: 15

  • Readiness to Practice 2: Skills for Social Workers

    Credits: 15

    The module will enable student to develop and advance the skills undertaken in the first year module Readiness for Practice 1 continuing with the three identified themes: 1. Skills related to professional conduct and management of self. 2. Core skills. 3. Skills of working and communicating with a range of service user groups. Skills will include: - Courtroom skills including giving evidence in court. - Understanding statutory roles and responsibilities. - Assessment skills, including assessing capacity and safeguarding, assessments under the Children Acts, presentation skills for reviews, panels, tribunals, report writing, including foster care/adoption, court reports, and working with the police. - Managing professional boundaries and inter professional work will also be included. As well as teaching staff in the social work team, practitioners in our partner agencies and service users will be involved in the presentations and skills days. During this module students spend 70 days/525 hours on practice.

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Enhancing Health & Social Care through Inter-professional Education

    Credits: 15

    The module is designed to give students further opportunities of working in multi-professional groups in order to improve understanding across professional boundaries and encourage collaborative learning and working that will bring benefit to patient/service-users. The justification for inclusion of inter-professional working within health care is addressed. The module requires students to bring specialist in-depth knowledge of their profession and professional codes of conduct to a group setting so that health and social care pathways are critically reviewed in the context of professional practice.

  • Dissertation

    Credits: 30

    The dissertation is a self-directed, supervised, piece of work that offers the student the opportunity to critically explore in depth an area of social work. During this module students spend 100 days/750 hours on practice

  • Critical practice in contemporary social work

    Credits: 30

    The module will provide critical accounts of contemporary policy and practice with a variety of service user groups such as children and families, mental health, and older people and people with disabilities. In addition, specific attention will be paid to substance misuse, domestic violence and safeguarding, principles of personalisation, managerialism in social work provision, working with unaccompanied minors and developing individual professionalism. During this module students spend 100 days/750 hours on practice

  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management

    Credits: 15

    The History of Risk Risk and Uncertainty: probability and situational risk Positive Risk Taking and empowering service users Risk in mental health, adult and children’s services Managing risk to staff Systems of assessment and management in different sectors During this module students spend 100 days/700 hours on practice

  • Legal & Ethical Considerations in practice

    Credits: 30

    This module defines and explores the legal and ethical bases of professional practice to inform partnership working and service user and carer participation in all aspects of intervention, including decision making. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the relationship between the legal and ethical considerations in order to inform their practice. An emphasis will be placed on the value of research and research findings to inform practice and critical thinking. During this module students spend 100 days/750 hours on practice

Optional

Fees & funding

The government has yet to announce the upper limit of Tuition Fees for applicants wishing to study an undergraduate course in 2018/19. As soon as this information becomes available, our website will be updated and we will contact everyone who has applied to the University to advise them of their Tuition Fee.

Fees 2017

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2017 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,850 for the 2017 academic year

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time: £9,250 for the 2018 academic year

International Students

Full time: £11,950 for the 2018 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply

2017

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2018

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2019

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